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.
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"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)
Fantastic story, as good as when I first read it as a kid.
The narrator (and sound engineer) really messed up this audio book in two ways. First, the narrator's choice of voices for one of the characters was so irritating that it made us (me, wife, 2 kids) want to stop listening. Fortunately, that was mostly just at the beginning.
The sound engineer let the volume vary so much between the dialogue (LOUD!) and narration (quiet) that you could not just passively listen to the story while, say, on a long road trip. You had to constantly monitor and adjust the volume because otherwise you were going to either miss parts the story or blow your speakers (which, when combined with one of the irritating voices mentioned above, was like an ice pick in the head).
This is a classic tale, it should have been a cake walk.
Still worth listening to but if an alternative version was available, I'd suggest going for that one.
Betrayal, Adventure, Reconciliation
He has a really good tone for this book.
No, just good memories. When I was 10, I lived in Narnia and not much later, developed a big crush on Michael York. It was fun to relive those years.
Old people can enjoy this too; not just for kids.
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.
Michael York did a great job a the narrator.
The message was there without being pounded into you.
He does a good job with voice expressions and the change in characters.
This is a little better than the Bourne Identity, but not by much.
I don't think so - his narration was very plain and lacking energy. I really enjoyed the narrator of the Magician's Nephew.
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.
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.
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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