god of thunder
Sir Patrick Stewart's narration of this excellent story is superb! Well done! C.S. Lewis concludes the Chronicles of Narnia in a most satisfying fashion.
I never would have pegged Patrick Stewart to be an audiobook reader, but I bought this with an extra credit and took a chance. He's not the finest reader I've ever listened to (Jim Dale is my favorite), but he does an excellent job. I'd be happy to listen to more books by him. The only criticism I have is that he said "Turnus" near the end of the novel when he meant "Tumnus."
As for the book itself, I love the Chronicles of Narnia. C. S. Lewis just has a way of painting images of joy and wonder, as well as terrible images that make you sad. And he has a way with relatable analogies. This is one of those books that tugs at my heartstrings. I would, of course, recommend that you read/listen to the other books first—this is the last of the series. But when you do, this one is a good way to end.
This is my first experience hearing Sir Patrick Stewart as a narrator, and he had a wonderful voice for this series. I've got all 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia on audiobook now, and the quality of narration varies widely. For example, Lynn Redgrave has a good reading voice, but her Aslan was poor in my opinion. My only complaint about the reading in this book was a stumble or two on words that should have been corrected prior to release - calling Mr. Tumnus "Mr. Turnus", for example. Frankly, I wish Sir Patrick Stewart would do the other six books as well!
I wish all seven of the Chronicles had been broken down into more sections. Five sections for a whole audiobook causes too much searching to find a select passage.
My kids loved all six of the previous Narnia stories that we purchased in this series of audio books. Of course, C. S. Lewis does not disappoint with this last, beautiful offering. Patrick Stewart was a perfect narrator for The Last Battle. His voice has a beautiful range and he needed all of his skills to capture the despair and beauty and triumph in this work. This was a home run in our house.
AN AWESOME STORY OF THE CHOICES WE MUST MAKE AT THE END OF TIME, AND THE FANTASTIC READING PERFORMANCE OF THE ACTOR PATRICK STEWART.
THE DWARFS' STAUNCH RESISTANCE TO BE "TAKEN IN" BY THE PEOPLE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BATTLE, MADE THEM UNABLE TO BE "TAKEN OUT" OF THE DARKNESS IN THE END
GREAT INFLECTION IN THE NARATION, AND ACTING OUT EACH CHARACTER
THE CHILDREN'S REUNION WITH ASLAN
the narration is fantastic, Patrick Stewart is amazing. the story is a bit sad and dark at times, but still ultimately uplifting. an essential piece of Narnia.