I have read the book before and somehow lost it. So I purchased the CD's. Wow! Made the book become more alive and you become more aware. This book is a good reminder how the devil works in our lives and should help to make us more determined to feed on the Word of God to NOT be deceived! GREAT!!!
I have always found Focus to produce very high quality radio theater, and this is no exception. I notices some minor changes in the wording of the book to fit their format -- I've read Screwtape Letters so many times over the years that I can actually recite parts -- and I suppose it's the format is what I find most distracting. Though Screwtape sounds like a proper devil, Wormwood does not, and I found his contributions to the conversations very tepid. Even after I became accustomed to the format and the bits that were added to make it more of a drama, I didn't like it much. I much prefer my audiobook CD reading, I'm afraid.
I WILL say, however, that Andy Serkis was FABULOUS as Screwtape, I believed him wholeheartedly, and I loved how focus added the sound effects to his voice. That was quality work rarely surpassed ANYWHERE. Kudos to you all for the sound and fury of Screwtape!!
Overall I believe its a great eye opener as every single one of us who listen to this will realize that we have fallen to some of the very same traps that are mentioned on this dramatized piece of artwork. But in order to really dive into it, you must give all ears to it and listen to it with the same mindset as when you are playing chess. Its very strategic in its explainations. It wasnt for just mere "fun and adventure", but for teaching and making you aware of whats going on. But this is useless if your heart is far from God. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Make Him the total focus of your life. Place your own life in proportion to His will. Learn to hate what God hates, and love what He loves.
Having read C.S.Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters" years ago, as well as having seen it performed magnificently off- Broadway, I was delighted with Focus on the Family's radio production CD set! It made a wonderful gift for my teenaged grandson!
The Quality is excellent - sound and acting, but it is a little hard to follow. I had to listen to it more than once to get into it. I really can't put my finger on it... at times it feels as if they talk too fast or don't go into enough detail ... not sure what the problem is with album. I never read the book, so, my family had to walk me through it as we listened.