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.
Was reluctant to read at first, feared that the symbolism would be too difficult to follow. Not the case. Very easy to recognize Christian principles of forgiveness and redemption. Highly recommend.
This is an audiobook that would be good for the family to enjoy hearing together. I liked Michael York's narration, although another reviewer is correct about his toning down of descriptions that might be frightening to young listeners. I preferred The Magician's Nephew, the previous title in the series, because the religious imagery of this story seems a bit heavy-handed to me; it sounds somewhat like a children's Sunday School story. I have read that C.S. Lewis denied that he intended this as a Christian allegory, but almost everyone else sees it quite clearly as such.
no problem with the story just be advised that it is a kids book. at one point the author describes something as so scary that if he told you about it your mother wouldnt let you read this book lol
I think everyone knows this story nowadays! Fun fantasy, good wins over evil. The Christian morals are present, but don't interfere with the fun of the book.
If you haven't read the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, you have missed one of the most entertaining books of last century. Reading it at 7 or 31, I was fascinated and moved to tears both times. This is C.S. Lewis first Narnian adventure and the introduction of the world to Peter, Susan, Edmond, Lucy, Aslan, and many other truly unforgettable creatures. As the four children are magically drawn into the world of Narnia, the discover in themselves a yearn for adventure, justice, and a bravery and faith in good they had not yet discovered.