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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 | [C.S. Lewis]

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1

Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.
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Publisher's Summary

"It's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing! Come and see," begged Lucy.

Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost, all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So let the adventures begin.

This was the first book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the second book in the series, preceded by The Magician's Nephew.

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.

©1950, 1978 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd; (P)2005 HarperCollins UK

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    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 10-30-05
    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 10-30-05

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    "Excellent Story"

    The story is well read, and well told. I just wish the narrator wouldn't adopt the tone of voice that sounds like he's reading it to a naughty five-year-old. Apart from that it is brilliant, with good voices, excellent pace, clear voice, and everything else that does this great story justice.

    Add this to your Christmas stocking, or better, buy it for someone young and then listen to the story with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 06-26-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "A beautiful story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I prefer the print version but they both complement each other. The print version just provides illustrations from Pauline Baynes that adds more to the reading experience.


    What other book might you compare The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1 to and why?

    This story compares a bit to sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. They are both fictitious, but this story is easier to read and is better written and told.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite scene was when Aslan sacrificed himself for Edmund, on the stone table then with the help of the mice rose up again. This was a beautifully told part of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book in one sitting as it is only a short story and I listened on kindle fire which has a speed option which I use to get through my books faster.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book published in The Chronicles of Narnia series and I recommend reading or listening to this first if you are reading the series for the first time. If reading the series again I recommend reading The Magician's nephew first so you read and listen to the story in chronological order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 08-22-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 08-22-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Poor old Michael York does a dreadful job."

    We all know the story of Narnia. It's great. But Michael York absolutely ruins this with a condescending tone meant for three year olds perhaps. I suggest reading this book aloud to your children yourself or reading the book yourself. Don't buy this unless you don't mind this sort of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 02-23-13
    Jenny Woodlands, Australia 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nostalgic journey"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe the most enjoyable?

    Memories of childhood flooded in because the first contact I had with this book, I was less than 10 years old, was my mother reading it to me.

    From that first time, every time I have had contact with the story, the magic has touched me; this time was the first time I have listened again and taking it in through my ears frees up my imagination, especially my visual imagination, to see things the way I want them to be. If my eyes are busy reading words, some of that optical brain space is being used up.


    What other book might you compare The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to and why?

    The Secret Garden - also magical in essence with a grown up who believes the children. And I think my first contact was having it read aloud to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael York?

    I would, although I do think his voice is only a little bit above dull.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Triumph of the Deeper Magic


    Any additional comments?

    The magic is deeper and deeper every time I read this book. I would strongly recommend listening to the Chronicles of Narnia in the chronology of the Narnian world, and to listen to them consecutively - that is - without any other books in between.

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    Karen edinburgh, N/A, United Kingdom 12-13-05
    Karen edinburgh, N/A, United Kingdom 12-13-05
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    "Disappointing!"

    I'm already feeling guilty for sending a semi-negative review about such a classic, but I was genuinely left feeling disappointed. The narration was good, so it wasn't that. I think it's just that it is always difficult to reconcile the memory of a book that was read as a child with a re-reading in adulthood (well, middle age if I'm honest!). Somewhere along the line my own mind must have filled in some bits for itself because it seemed to lack the richness of story and character that I remembered. Maybe I've just become more cynical in my old age, but I sincerely wish I'd left the memory alone and admitted that it was a story written for children and with good reason.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    Holmfirth, United Kingdom
    10/27/11
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    "A little dull"

    This is a favourite novel of mine, but I found it dull in audio. Is that Michael York's reading of it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    east grinstead, west sussex, United Kingdom
    12/28/10
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    "A Must Buy."

    I have not read these books since I was a child, I was pleased to see all 7 books on this site. A good quality reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexina
    Northallerton, United Kingdom
    5/29/14
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    "A wonderful re-telling of an old classic"
    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    His voice is wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    My children wouldn't have read this book (too old-fashioned), but I wanted them to be familiar with the story and the author, so I bought the Audiobook instead. They really enjoyed listening to it (they are 11, 9 and 7) and it prompted some good discussions in the car.

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  • Ms. J. Menzies
    Guernsey, CI
    12/14/13
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    "Excellence"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe is a classic, well known story read brilliantly - what's not to love?


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I wasn't sure about the narrator but Michael York was full of expression and read with real joy - his voices for the characters are spot on and bring each one to life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I think I enjoyed the trip from the Beavers' house to the Stone Table the most, where the Pevencies meet Father Christmas and go on to witness the magic of accelerated Spring!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Magic, warmth and good conquering evil - a classic much-loved story at it's best.


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  • H
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Captivating classic adventure story"
    Where does The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Narnia series as a whole are the top stories we have listened to as a family. My 5 year old son loves them and listens repeatedly in the car and in bed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2?

    The end with Aslan at the Stone Table was very dramatic and we were all silently listening to find out what happened.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    Just enough drama not to detract from the actual text of the story.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made us hold our breath sometimes with anticipation and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    We are really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    HAYWARDS HEATH, United Kingdom
    5/6/13
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    "classic"

    I love love love this CS Lewis classic. The narration was good and added to the enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    3/1/12
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    "Most Unmagical"

    I was really looking forward to listening to this as it's one of my favourite books but I was very disappointed. Michael York was terrible! Apart from being extremely bad at doing different voices someone should have told him that the Lion's name is pronounced Azlan and not Asslan!! I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who doesn't know the story as it will put them off for life!

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