C.S. Lewis was a wonderful writer, though his goal of introducing Christian principles to young listeners can be off-putting. It's still a good story, and fun for everyone to listen to on a winter evening.
Might compare this to other good fantasy writing for children, even something like Peter Pan. Very British, from an earlier era of young people's fiction, but a memorably good story with strong characters. Girls may feel that they have been relegated to the roles of a bygone time, but they will still enjoy the plot.
His Britsh voice and elegant diction, plus the vocal changes he brings to each character, make the story come alive.
Not exactly an extreme reaction, just fun and the feeling of having enjoyed a good and entertaining story.
C.S. Lewis was a favorite of mine when I was a child, and my children read them and enjoyed them too. They didn't get to hear the story as their children will, and I hope that will add even more to another generation's fondness for old C.S. Lewis.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
It was nice to revisit this book from my youth and remember the wonder I had at its first reading. The adventures of the children are still intriguing, and the lessons learned remain relevant.
One of the best audio books we've listened to.
Michael York is exactly what you'd hope every performer could bring to the book they're reading. Nuance, voice characterizations, his ability to interpret and emote feelings; he is able to bring the book to life without sounding silly or affected.
This timeless tale leaves every person who reads it (be they child or adult), desperately wishing such a place as Narnia existed, and there are countless children, I am sure, who check the backs of closets, and wardrobes should they own one, looking for their own personal portal to a fantastic world. Michael York as the narrator was a brilliant choice; his interpretation is spot on, and exactly what one looks for when listening to audio books.
Done for the day don't want to read to your children - let Audible do it for you. (No, I'm not on their payroll). I do the same thing myself and I'm an adult. Read these as a child still love them as an adult. Share them with your children and let Audible do the work!
Read the series in sequence.
Most people think that this is the first book of the Narnia series. Really this is book two. You need to read 'The Magician's Nephew' to understand who the old man is and where Narnia came from. This book sets the stage for the last 5 books. This book explains why the kids are punished in later books. No more spoilers. Read the series.
This book contains the perfect amount of action and thematic value for kids.
When Aslan comes back for the dead.
This was an emotional book with many twists and turns.
We love this story and this edition was especially well narrated.
Been listening to and reading books for more than 30 years.... I should eat more though, as my pants seem to0 big now.
As a child, I was enthralled by the story (much better than the movie). As an adult, the wisdom woven into C.S Lewis's words are unmistakable. They lead you to a deeper understanding of our faith, as he deals with the
Prize-winning Poet, Composer and Lyricist.
Hearing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe from The Chronicles of Narnia is a rare treat. When reading it is easy to skip places that seem dull, but in listening one skips nothing. The sheer power of this story is astounding, it's allegory not far away.
Michael York is a delight to listen to. I want him to read ALL my books for me!
This book is actually book #2 of the series, the first one being "The Magician's Nephew". I do hope they get around to narrating all 7 books, and of course, I want Michael York to narrate each and every one.
This book is about 4 children who were sent to an Uncle's house in the country to keep them away from the bombing in London during the war. The house is huge and seemingly inexhaustible, and somehow the youngest of the Pevensie children, Lucy, stumbles onto a doorway into another world called Narnia where a scary Witch has turned all to Winter forever (and never Christmas!).
At first the four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, think that this is just a place they are visiting. Soon they are caught up in the strange land's storyline and travel to many places to set things right at the bidding of a magical mysterious lion named Aslan.
If you are familiar with this story, hearing it will give you a new look at it. If you've never read the books or watched the movie, this is an excellent way to start. Get it from the source, and with an excellent narrator to boot!
I can't value audiobooks above print ones...it just doesn't seem right...but I love my commute now that I have them. We read all the Narnia books to our kids when they were young and this is a really pleasant rememberance.
The first Turkish Delight scene is always great.
This is the first time I've listened to a book read by Michael York but I will definitely look for him again. He brings great life to this wonderful story.
All in one sitting? No, thank you. I like to enjoy my books in slowly, over days; it gives one time to think about what's just happened.