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.
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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.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry. I also love to listen to the same whilst not paying attention to other things. I aim for my reviews to be short and succinct so that they are easy to read.
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.
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.
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.
I would, although I do think his voice is only a little bit above dull.
Triumph of the Deeper Magic
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.
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.
"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?
"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.
Yes, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe is a classic, well known story read brilliantly - what's not to love?
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.
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!
Magic, warmth and good conquering evil - a classic much-loved story at it's best.
"Captivating classic adventure story"
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.
The end with Aslan at the Stone Table was very dramatic and we were all silently listening to find out what happened.
Just enough drama not to detract from the actual text of the story.
It made us hold our breath sometimes with anticipation and suspense.
We are really looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I love love love this CS Lewis classic. The narration was good and added to the enjoyment of the story.
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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