The Screwtape Letters : Screwtape

  • by C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Joss Ackland
  • Series: Screwtape
  • 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On its first appearance, The Screwtape Letters was immediately recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. Now, in its 70th anniversary year, and having sold over half a million copies, it is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil.
This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.
Dedicated to Lewis’ friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a timeless classic on spiritual warfare and the invisible realities which are part of our religious experience.


What the Critics Say

"The book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic." (The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Amazing insight into the way the enemy operates

This book is quite heavy going, but thankfully divided into' letters' which are perfect sized! C S Lewis writes with such insight about how the devils might communicate and try to decieve, lure and coerce their 'patients' (humans!) into non-belief in God. It opens the reader's eye to the schemes the emeny has to trick us and to keep us from faith and all that is true in God's promises. The devils know how powerful God is and try to use all of their efforts to prevent humans from growing closer to God, using the person's own doubt and thoughts to their advantage. A beautifully written book which really makes you think about the dangers of the devil's coersion... but allows us to realise that the devil has NO power over us. God will conquer, God is true. We just have to have faith!
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- Jess

Those pesky spirits and their ways

Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

Yes. You will shake your head as you recognise yourself and others. Also how many times you've fallen for similar tricks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The poor "patient" who never speaks but is the everyman in this book. He has a tough time but he makes it in the end.

What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

He has the devilish air and supercilious curl of Screwtape just right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, it's better taken a bit at a time. I believe it was originally written in parts for a weekly magazine. It's strong stuff for savouring over time.

Any additional comments?

CS Lewis could write so honestly about the human heart because he knew himself and we are the beneficiaries of that knowledge. It's also very funny.

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- A. Halfacre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited