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This adaptation of C.S. Lewis's biting satire received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance, and it's easy to see why--the story fits the format perfectly. It's relatively brief (the unabridged reading takes a mere four hours), and contains only one character--the demon Screwtape, who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood, instructing him on how to best tempt his "patient" (a wayward soul on earth) into the bosom of "our Lord below."
Obviously, the book wasn't written with former Monty Python John Cleese in mind, but it's hard to imagine a better Screwtape. Cleese's voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis's dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story. It's clear that he's having a great time reading, and it's impossible not to laugh along with him. This inspired pairing of two of the 20th century's greatest wits makes for a meditation on the dark side of spiritual guidance that's as relevant and funny today as it was in Lewis's war-torn England. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Andrew Neiland --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Lewis's satire is a Christian classic. Screwtape is a veteran demon in the service of "Our Father Below" whose letters to his nephew and prot?g?, Wormwood, instruct the demon-in-training in the fine points of leading a new Christian astray. Lewis's take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941. John Cleese's narration is perfect as he takes Screwtape from emotional height to valley, from tight control to near apoplexy. This will be a popular in most libraries.ANann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
I really enjoying how The Screwtape Letters was laid out. The preface pointing out that things in these letters can't be trusted because of the author and the reality of time put... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by April Sarah
I loved it. I actually read it in a collection of C. S. Lewis books called the Signature Collection. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
As always his books are worth reading. You need to concentrate. This is a serious set of letters with many life truths in it, even for our modern day lifestyle.Published 5 days ago by Paul Grobler
Wonderful fantasy story of a correspondence between two demons. Gives a different perspective on the reality of temptation and God's grace concerning our shortcomings.Published 6 days ago by Michael Redmond
There's a reason this book has been a bestseller for many years. No one is more compelling and insightful than CS Lewis.Published 7 days ago by Galyn