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 (Andy Serkis) 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. This Radio Theatre release also stars Geoffrey Palmer (Tomorrow Never Dies), Laura Michelle Kelly (Sweeney Todd), Eileen Page (The Secret Garden), and other world-class actors.Publishers Description
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. This Radio Theatre release also stars Geoffrey Palmer ("Tomorrow Never Dies"), Laura Michelle Kelly ("Sweeney Todd"), Eileen Page ("The Secret Garden"), and other world-class actors. Includes 10 new songs inspired by the classic book, four behind-the-scenes video documentary featurettes, and a 5.1 surround sound mix. Four CDs, approx. 4 hours total.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.02" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.72"
Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2009
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
Availability 0 units.
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|A Chilling Dramatization but Disappointing Musical Extras Dec 3, 2009|
|The Screwtape Letters is true classic. Having never read the book, I found this to be a powerful listening experience. It has really changed the way I think about the demonic realm! While I've been familar with spiritual warfare for awhile now and am aware of some of the ways the devil schemes against us, this book brought my awareness to a whole new level. The book is fictional and should be treated as such, but it's possible that reality isn't too different. It has certainly given me something to think about.|
Perhaps the most important thing that can be learned from this book is that the demonic realm has no friends. Those who think Hell will be a party among friends will be sadly disappointed.
In this audio rendition the actors and background music really brought this to life. The only downside was the bonus musical soundtrack. The lyrics were superficial at best, definitely not matching up to the depth and brilliance of C.S. Lewis' work.
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|"Reader's Theater" Screwtape Letters Dec 2, 2009|
|I am minister and purchased the Dramatized Screwtape Letters to use in an Adult Class for church members. I used it in the course of the lecture hour with the class, playing it near the beginning of the class and unpacking the meaning after. I also have a straight forward reading of Screwtape by an Englishman as well The Screwtape Letters. |
For the C.S. Lewis purist, this is not for you. The Screwtape Letters are first of all "letters" and not a book of theatrical scripts. So, I think, if Lewis were alive, he might slightly object to the recasting of this work into a performance and dialogue. It is, I think, meant to be read and reread, like one would read a parable or a proverb, meditating, thinking, pondering and awaiting illumination.
Having said that, this performance is truly and amazingly entertaining and for a teenage audience (whom we also have in class), it is far more effective at engagement and learning. It is funny and the voice of Screwtape is not only recognizable, it also captures the sinister-ness of the the evil being he is.
I personally thinking reading the Letters is best. Listening it being read without the theatrics is next best. But I would also highly recommend this to this site customers. It is superb.
Let me also suggest this resource as well: and The Screwtape Letters Study Guide CD-ROM (CD-ROM). This one is excellent for assigning Screwtape as school lesson assignment.
|Well done...lots of fun. Nov 14, 2009|
|I was a little skeptical at first. The book was written from only one perspective (Uncle Skewtape's) and I was concerned that adding Wormwood, Wormwood's "patient," and others into the conversation would some how water down or even lose C.S. Lewis' brilliantly devised one sided arguement in the negative. Have no fear; This production loses nothing, and will probably help your understanding of the points Lewis set out to make. The professional performances, creative background sound, and editing only add to the this diabolically delightful commentary on the Christian condition. But beware; You may find familiar people (including yourself) in the story! |
|Another well done job by Radio Theatre! Nov 11, 2009|
|We love C.S. Lewis and we love Focus on the Family's Radio Theatre. This one is exciting and well done and inspiring.|
|Good Audio Drama! Nov 9, 2009|
|I have always wanted to read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, but I never could keep the storyline straight and often confused Wormwood with his uncle, Screwtape. Focus on the Family produced a very nice audio version and so now, I've "read" it. |
If you're not familiar with The Screwtape Letters, let me give you a little info. There are three main characters: Screwtape, Wormwood & "The Patient". Screwtape is portayed as a demon who is fairly high up on the chain of command, yet not high enough to escape punishment himself. Wormwood is his nephew who is working on his "patient" by putting stumbling blocks in his pathway so that he does not please the "enemy" (Christ) but pleases "Our Father below" (Satan). His goal is to prevent his patient from accepting Christ. Apparently it is a bad thing for the demons if they don't fulfill their goal.
This audio version is very good. There are 4 CD's and lasts about 4 hours long. I will say that I would not allow small children to listen to this as the voices can be pretty intense and frightening.
I received this product free in exchange for my honest opinion.
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