My kids and I had read the 'first' three books then watched the films. I decided to do the Audible version on a car trip to keep them off screens and tablets. The story is fairly weak when compared to the others, and the allegory is a lot less transparent. Eustace isn't given much to do and Pole is the weakest female character in the series so far. All she seems to do is complain and threaten to faint. Despite Eustace' character development in the last book, it shows only slightly in this one. Jeremy Northram does a stellar job at acting out the characters with a bit of Michael Caine impression thrown in. Worth the price.
If I visited Narnia, I think I would be afraid to meet the Lion, though that would be the whole point of the trip. I would enjoy meeting the a talking Mice, but I'm afraid I couldn't come up to their standard of chivalry. But I'm sue I would get along famously with the Marsh Wiggles, who have a glum view of life and a real talent for happiness. And this is the only book where one gets to meet one! This reading brings all the characters to life—especially the Marsh Wiggle.
A fun journey into the past for a Nana whose kids devoured these books, and now grandkids are starting to read. Got to be "with it" for interesting conversation with them. Sometimes I will actually get a "reading list" from one or more of them.
I've always loved the Chronicles of Narnia series Jeremy Northam brings this book to life great performance as far as how it ran. If I could give it a 6/5 I would you recommend this audio book to anyone.