My 6 year old daughter & 8 year old son liked this book and listened intently several times. I felt the narrator was appropriate for the material for the parts I heard.
This book is wonderful. The reading by Michael York is quite good. I didn't like some of the acting he did (especially with Lucy) while reading but we can't have it all. The story was, afterall, written by an Englishman. One complaint I have is that the chapters change in the middle of tracks and that there is no convienient way to determine where one stops and another begins. I had to write the CD number down and the track number and then the counter number, for example disk one, track 8, 5 minutes and 25 seconds in - chapter 9 begins. I use my recordings in school and this is extremely inconvienient. The store bought books on CD that I have purchased have been logically organized.
This was a wonderful reading of my favourite childhood book. It was a pleasure to travel back to Narnia again! My Children were also enthralled by the story it is an excellent introduction before going to the new movie!
I've loved this writer since high school... but i just now got around to reading his children stories. I wanted to read this before the movie came out and now that i have i can't wait to see how someone will materialize all his wonderful scenes. i suggest reading the first book in the series before this one (which is the second). defenitely share this with your kids.
I have great admiration for Michael York as an actor and that is why I feel I can make such a harsh case against his performance in this audiobook. He is capable of using expression and understanding the fact that different charactors might have different sounding voices he just fails to use those skills.
I think that Clare Bloom does an abridged version of this that is much better as she manages to avoid the cloying condescending tone that Mr. York thinks neccesary to poison this book for young readers.
Avoid this but listen to the others in the series.
The book was great! I think I would have liked to read it vice listening to it. Perhaps with a different narrator, it would have been better. I can?t put my finger on why Mr. York irritated me so, and I don?t think I?ll ever listen to him again. If you can get past the storyteller, it really is a great book and a so-so listen.