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

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

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.
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Audible Editor Reviews

If you've only seen the movie, you haven't really experienced the full power of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Four siblings enter a wardrobe and find themselves in Narnia, a magical, but dark wintry land ruled by the evil White Witch. In many ways darker and deeper than the Harry Potter series, the story takes on a life of its own in the reverential and spirited voice of Michael York. The beauty of the story owes much to the real world background of England during World War II. The four young heroes and Aslan the lion are lovingly created and detailed, and audio brings them to brighter life in one's imagination than any movie or visual recording can.

Michael York's reading of this treasure is as enchanting as the story. His British accent is fitting, all intonations are perfect, and he adds just the right amount of drama in all the right places. Have your family gather around your favorite speakers for this one, or save it for yourself -- a perfect antidote to a rainy day.

Publisher's Summary

Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they've been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch's sinister spell.

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)2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The only thing better than exploring Narnia with your children is having Michael York do it with you. With his precise, but lively, British accent, he eases listeners into the mysterious world hidden behind the wardrobe." (AudioFile)
"This classic tale celebrates its 50th anniversary with a delightful audio rendition. Actor Michael York's reading is a perfect match for this story." (School Library Journal)

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    D. Oliver SF, CA USA 02-06-13
    D. Oliver SF, CA USA 02-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    No problems with the story in particular, my complaints are about the quality of audio mixing on this one. The dialog of the characters is much louder than all of the other description/exposition parts of the book. It was hard to enjoy because I constantly felt like I had to adjust the volume knob during the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Albuquerque, NM United States 09-11-12
    Glenda Albuquerque, NM United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The man was brilliant what can I say!!"
    Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Michael York did a great job a the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message was there without being pounded into you.


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job with voice expressions and the change in characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 08-15-12
    Monika Longmont, CO, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never read the book when I was younger"

    But saw all the movies... and Michael York's narration put those movies to shame. I was enthralled.

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    Jack FREMONT, CA, United States 01-27-12
    Jack FREMONT, CA, United States 01-27-12
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    "Story is classic...reading is mediocre."
    Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a little better than the Bourne Identity, but not by much.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael York?

    I don't think so - his narration was very plain and lacking energy. I really enjoyed the narrator of the Magician's Nephew.


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    Sandra Homestead, FL, USA 01-28-08
    Sandra Homestead, FL, USA 01-28-08
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    "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"

    This was an excellent reading of this story. It made me feel as if I had gone through the wardrobe into Narnia.

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    Martin Highland, UT, United States 01-03-08
    Martin Highland, UT, United States 01-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "What an audiobook truly should be."

    If you're already acquainted with C.S. Lewis's writing style and the Chronicles of Narnia you will love this audiobook. C.S. Lewis’s style is that of a wonderful narrative being told to a child, yet without the typical simplicity that many authors talk down to a child. Michael York’s rendition is nothing short of superb. His cadence, rhythm and shear enthusiasm brings the story to life in one of the most wonderful readings. This is what an audiobook truly should be.

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    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 03-15-07
    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 03-15-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Classic Kid's Stuff...for Mom too!"

    Absolute wonderful job done by Michael York. I'd have to say he is one of my favorites. He uses different accents for different characters which made the listening sooo much more enjoyable. My son and I listened along with the book in hand for bedtime reading. It sure saved my voice! Loved it! We look forward to cozying up for the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Chris Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 04-06-06
    Chris Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 04-06-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Not bad, not great"

    This book is a classic, which I loved from my childhood, and I do recommend it as a wonderful children’s story. The land of Narnia is a fantastic place all children should explore. This production, however, is not perfect. I was greatly looking forward to listening to the audible version, as I am also a fan of Michael York, and love his voice. Unfortunately, Mr York’s pacing was quite slow and flat, and combined with the style of writing sounded rather condescending toward the listener. Children will still love this presentation, but as an adult I was somewhat disappointed. Perhaps the other narrators will do better.

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    Tina lowell, MA, USA 01-24-06
    Tina lowell, MA, USA 01-24-06
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    excellent I couldn't stop listening fun for children and adults!

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    Donald Peaster, TX, United States 01-04-06
    Donald Peaster, TX, United States 01-04-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent listen!"

    Mr. York is fantastic! I loved listening to his beautiful voice as he really brought the book to life. I am afraid the new movie may be too intense for my 5 and 9 yr old girls, but this is excellent. I plan to read it with them, but for now, we are all three enjoying Mr. York's interpretation. The voice's he uses are great! I plan to search for more narrations by him now.

    By all means, read the books to your children or better with them, but the drama in this audiobook makes it a must have along with the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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