The Screwtape Letters CD

Version: Unabridged
Author: C.S. Lewis
Narrator: Joss Ackland
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Christianity
Publisher: HarperStudio
Published In: October 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

This engaging correspondence between two devils is one of C.S. Lewis's brilliant imaginative creations and has been recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology.

Reviews (17)

Devil is in the details

Written by Kathy on March 8th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found this difficult to listen to - not because of the writing or the subject matter, but because the narrator's voice was putting me to sleep (not a good thing when driving).

The Screwtape Letters

Written by Anonymous on September 15th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Whatever your religous beliefs happen to be, this is a great book and gives a very different perspective. I highly recommend it and it is very easy to get through.

Awesome

Written by Ben on February 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was phenomenal. It is incredible to listen to this book and see the perspective that CS Lewis shows you of this other side of the world. I would recommend this book to anyone. Fantastic "read".

Screwtape Letters

Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on August 19th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This is a treatise of C.S. Lewis' religious beliefs very thinly disquised as fiction. I was expecting more fiction, less preaching. The contrivance is interesting and the reader kept me engaged. However, the lectures are mundane, reminding me of bible studies classes from my youth and posed, but didn't answer, the same questions raised by those discussions. If you are already a devout Christian this will be an entertaining way to have views and beliefs that you were told as a child, but have likely just forgot, spouted back at you. If you're not, it gets old pretty fast. I didn't finish it.

One of the best writers of any age...

Written by Anonymous from Castaic, CA on October 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

C.S. Lewis is C.S. Lewis - the man was truly gifted. In this creative work you find yourself often seeing the world for the spiritual battleground it really is... though the lens is fiction, the reality is quite clear and we see how the little things in life that we do and don't do have significant impact on the world and the salvation of our brothers and sisters.

The Screwtape Letters

Written by Anonymous on September 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have recently discovered C.S. Lewis and this book did not disappoint. It's the sort of book that, after listening to it, makes me want to go and buy it and read it again.

The Screwtape Letters

Written by Anonymous from Locust Grove, GA on March 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A masterpiece of clarity. The most interesting, and scariest thing, about the work is how long ago it was written and how appropriate it is to our times. Pay close attention to the last chapter at the banquet. Have things not come to pass as described? The work gives much food for thought.

Boring

Written by Anonymous on October 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boring. I turned this one off and sent it back in. Just goes on and on with no real objection or storyline.

Great!

Written by Bruce on June 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Better to be read, but still great. I love the way he can make me conscious of the struggle between human nature and grace ... hits me between the eyes sometimes and helps me to see the world around me for what it is, both the good and the bad, as well.

Screwtape Letters

Written by S. Allen on April 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Cleverly written, with some funny and some very poignant parts. This is a much more entertaining way of learning of CS Lewis's beliefs than just reading a treatise on his theology. The letters, written by "Affectionate Uncle Screwtape" to a novice tempter/devil, provide an unusual view of the human experience, including a very different take on of love, politics, and friendship.

Author Details

Author Details

Lewis, C.S.

CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

C. S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on November 29, 1898, to Albert J. Lewis and Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis. Throughout his life, Lewis was known to his family and friends as "Jack"—a nickname he coined for himself at the age of four after the beloved neighborhood dog Jacksie died. Lewis had one brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis (1895–1973). Lewis's mother died of cancer in 1908 when he was just nine years old.

In 1910, Lewis became a boarding student at Campbell College in Belfast, just one mile from his home, but withdrew one year later. In 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College where he remained for one year. It was there that, at age fifteen, he became an atheist, abandoning the Christian faith of his childhood. From Malvern, he went into private tutoring under William T. Kirkpatrick, "The Great Knock," who had also been his father's tutor.

Lewis went on to receive a scholarship to University College, Oxford, in 1916. Lewis took a hiatus from study after the outbreak of WWI, enlisting in the British Army in 1917. On April 15, 1918, Lewis was wounded in the Battle of Arras and was discharged a little more than a year later in December 1919.

While in the army, Lewis became close friends with his roommate Paddy Moore. Moore was killed in battle in 1918. After Lewis was discharged, he followed through with a promise to his friend to look after Moore's family. Lewis moved in with Paddy's mother, Jane Moore, and her daughter, Maureen, in 1920. The three of them eventually moved into "The Kilns," which they purchased jointly along with Lewis's older brother, Warren.

On May 20, 1925, Lewis was appointed Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University, where he served for twenty-nine years until 1954.

During his time at Oxford, Lewis went from being an atheist to being one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century; 1931 marks the year of Lewis's conversion to Christianity. He became a member of the Church of England. Lewis cites his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien, as well as the writings of the converted G. K. Chesterton, as influencing his conversion.

Also while at Oxford, Lewis was the core member of the now famous literary group "The Inklings." This group was an informal twice-weekly gathering of friends which included Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Charles Williams, Dr. Robert Havard, Owen Barfield, and Nevill Coghill, among others. The meetings took place on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday meetings were held at a handful of local pubs, including The Eagle and Child, known to locals as The Bird and Baby and The Lamb and Flag. Thursday meetings were held in Jack's rooms.

Lewis was married late in life at age fifty-eight to Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer fifteen years his junior. They married in 1956, two years after Lewis accepted the chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, where he finished out his career.

After a four-year fight with bone cancer, Joy passed away in 1960. Lewis continued to care for her two sons, Douglas and David Gresham.

C. S. Lewis died at his home "The Kilns" on November 22, 1963. His grave is in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford. Warren Lewis died on Monday, April 9, 1973. Their names are on a single stone bearing the inscription "Men must endure their going hence."