The Screwtape Letters come to life in audio drama once more

I have enjoyed reading C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” several times over the years. At the local library, I was even able to find this audiobook version, performed well by John Cleese. So I was very excited to hear that Focus on the Family has produced a new audio version, which will be out Oct. 15. Especially intriguing is that Andy Serkis, who made Gollum come to life so vividly in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, will be performing the role of Screwtape. Visit the link below the video clip to learn more.

Here is the description of the production from the Focus on the Family site:

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.

Jane Eyre audiobook — for only $1.95

jane-eyreThis is something I thought I’d pass along. My wife and daughter, faithful followers of Jane Austen adaptations and all things romantic and such, were captivated by a recent viewing of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” Well, actually it was just half of it. One of the discs of the two-disc set was missing.

Of course, this wasn’t satisfying to them so they managed to find the remaining episodes on YouTube. After this, to please the cravings of the women in my house, I went to iTunes to see if I could find the movie. While that was unsuccessful, I did manage to find something that could turn out to be quite a deal. An unabridged version published just last year is being offered for $1.95 at the iTunes Store. Considering that most titles are usually around $10-$15, this is quite a bargain. There are also titles from Jane Austen and Bram Stoker being offered at the $1.95 rate.

Pilgrim’s Progress audiobook for free

\"Pilgrim\'s Progress\" is offering an audiobook of John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” for free as a download with the code JUN2008 when you checkout. From the site:

John Bunyan was a simple maker and mender of pots and kettles who received very little education. In spite of that, he penned the most successful allegory ever written. He lost his first wife and was imprisoned for twelve years for his compelling—but unlicensed—preaching. Nevertheless, his preaching about the gravity of sin, salvation by grace, the cost of discipleship, perseverance, and the glory of eternal life lives on in the signs and symbols of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Embark on a perilous journey with Christian, the lead character, from the City of Destruction to the luminous safe haven of the Celestial City. The journey will encourage you to “set your hope fully on the grace to be given you” amidst the obstacles of life.

And, for more free audio, go here to hear a great biography of the man who wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress.”