The Screwtape Letters

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Joss Ackland
  • 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

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This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece

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I've got the wonderful (no longer available) John Cleese recording of The Screwtape Letters, as well as the Ralph Cosham version, also very good. But this performance is the best; it's beyond expectation and it might now be my favorite audio book. Ackland's voice is calmer and less cheeky than Cleese, but with much more gravitas.

Now, the case could be made that Cleese's less dignifiied Screwtape gives us a better laugh at the devil and thereby gives us a truer picture of the Underworld's ultimate loss of dignity. But for listening pleasure, which is an aid to absorption, this heavier reading is perfect. Very highly recommended.

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- James

Memoirs of a Devil

If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be?

Real - As a Christian, my beliefs incorporate the subjects of CS Lewis's masterpiece and while I honestly haven't given "that side" much thought, I couldn't help but be impressed by the feeling of realness it gave me. When I first began reading I felt it a bit silly, but as I continued some of the letters really resonated with my life and the gravity of its implications grew very heavy.

Frightening - This was my first word as I was indeed frightened by the whole thought of it.

Surprising - I came into this book almost completely ignorant to the subject matter. My only clue was that it was CS Lewis and that it likely had some religious undertones.....and that turned out to be an underestimation.


What other book might you compare The Screwtape Letters to and why?

At first I wanted to say no book is comparable but then I thought of Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Both books describe the journey in life when walking in the faith of Christ.


Which character – as performed by Joss Ackland – was your favorite?

He played one actor, Screwtape, and he was masterful.


Who was the most memorable character of The Screwtape Letters and why?

Again, there was only Screwtape, a bureaucrat in Hell's Collection Department, and I simply would rather not think too long at his character. Evil has a new name, and its name is Screwtape.


Any additional comments?

This is a must read for any Christian. An open mind is necessary but that is also essential to be Christian.

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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-21-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio