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Screwtape Letters audio

Comprising most of Lewis' writings.

Screwtape Letters audio

Postby Michael » 21 Jan 2010, 19:22

Anyone heard any good audio versions? I just heard a BBC version I checked out from the library which was pretty good.

Anyone heard the Andy Serkis version? I would be curious to hear that.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby Sven » 21 Jan 2010, 19:41

If you can find it (and it's a tough find) the unabridged version done by John Cleese is prime.


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Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby archenland_knight » 21 Jan 2010, 20:50

John Cleese as Screwtape? Hmm. I haven't heard it. It seems to me he would make it sound too funny. Screwtape is sometimes humorous, but it's also very serious.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby Sven » 21 Jan 2010, 23:01

The pertinent phrase there is "I haven't heard it". With a small bit of googling, you should be able to find a sample of the recording out there on the 'net.
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby Michael » 22 Jan 2010, 13:57

I'll be on the lookout for it. Even it is funny, the words are still the same,
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby john » 22 Jan 2010, 14:50

archenland_knight wrote:It seems to me he would make it sound too funny.


Common misconception. Just because John Cleese has been a comedian doesn't mean everything he does is funny. Have you never seen any of the documentaries he narrates? Or his TV show about wine? He has an amazing voice which translates to Screwtape exceedingly well. Highly recommended.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby JDMalament » 04 May 2010, 23:20

The version done by John Cleese is very enjoyable and stays true to the text as far as I can remember. I've heard about the one with Andy Serkis, but from what I remember, it looked as if the producers of that version took some liberties with the way the text was presented. Still, hearing Serkis as Screwtape would be enjoyable.

The following link provides Cleese's version in six MP3 downloads for free. I've also looked at various locations on-line, in an attempt to purchase this version, but the cost was always exorbitant.

Moderator edit (Sven): Link removed.

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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby Sven » 05 May 2010, 20:22

Sorry, Jared, but to stay on good terms with the Lewis Estate, we don't allow links to copyrighted material.
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Re: Screwtape Letters audio

Postby JDMalament » 05 May 2010, 20:52

Oh, I'm sorry! I hestitated at first to put it up. But, it won't happen again.

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