From the award-winning audio drama team that brought you Radio Theatre’s Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia. In his enduringly popular masterpiece The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and wry wit, Lewis suggests that demons, laboring in a vast enterprise, have horribly recognizable human attributes: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torture as well as a desire to dominate are what drive demons to torment their “patients.”
The style and unique dark humor of The Screwtape Letters are retained in this full-cast dramatization, as is the original setting of London during World War II. The story is carried by the senior demon Screwtape played magnificently by award-winning actor Andy Serkis (“Gollum” in Lord of the Rings) as he shares correspondence to his apprentice demon Wormwood. All 31 letters lead into dramatic scenes, set in either Hell or the real world with humans―aka “the patient,” as the demons say―along with his circle of friends and family.
I loved listening to this version of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters.
The cast did an amazing job bringing these characters to life. I would highly recommend this version of the book.
One thing that really stood out to me while listening to the letters was the fact that C.S. Lewis wrote these essays in 1942, during World War II, but the lessons contained therein are timeless. Listening to the coaching and advice Screwtape gives to Wormwood applies to so many things in our modern world, as well. I found myself nodding along and taking notes so often with the thought of, “Yep, that’s how people often are.” I have not read any of Lewis’s other works (outside of the Chronicles of Narnia), but I’m looking forward to digging into some of them.
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I love the teaching of Confucius that says, “Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.” When this line was presented in Screwtape’s letters, I laughed out loud. How often do we go way overboard to win, succeed, or get our point across? Sometimes the easiest solution is the best.
The Final Verdict
My rating: 4 stars
Would I recommend? Yes
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