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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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    Lynne Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-07-07
    Lynne Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-07-07
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    "if you liked the movie..."

    ...you'll love this book because it explains so much more about who these characters are and the world they have entered. It is important to have a solid grasp on this series in order to continue. That said, this is not my favorite book in the series so if you like this or even if you don't, it only gets better and better.

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    Bearwife 12-26-06
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    "Beautiful book, beautifully read"

    I discovered the Narnia books long ago in the children's section of the Boston Public Library and spend Saturday morning after Saturday morning in that magical place, lost in CS Lewis' magical world. It is hard to believe that more than 35 years later, this book lost nothing from being heard instead of read. In fact, I loved Michael York's narration, which added warmth and life to this wonderful book. York somehow gives you both a strong sense of each character -- including Aslan, a very tough character to bring to life -- and a sense of the narrator, CS Lewis, writing a book for a dear child. Don't miss this one, for yourself or your children.

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    Robert Toledo, OH, USA 09-30-06
    Robert Toledo, OH, USA 09-30-06
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    "Memory is always better"

    I liked the book but it is rather short , and listening to it after reading it several years ago I was suprised how short it was.

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    Amazon Customer Yorba Linda, CA 09-04-06
    Amazon Customer Yorba Linda, CA 09-04-06 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful even for a grown up"

    My children read these books before I found them in audio book format and I am so glad that I did. Have listened to four of them so far and absolutely enjoy every second of them. Every narrator has done such a wonderful job of making the characters and the stories come alive.

    Just love the characters, conversations, imagery, etc. of the series. Can't wait to listen to the other 3 books.

    I am in my mid 40s and would recommend these books for children of all ages up to 120 yrs olds.

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    Loren D. Rising Sun, IN, USA 08-04-06
    Loren D. Rising Sun, IN, USA 08-04-06 Member Since 2014
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    "An excellent series"

    These Chronicles of Narnia are absolutely excellent. All of the stories are superbly written and well read. Listeners of all ages will enjoy them.

    I listened to the books in order and recommend that you do the same. They are:

    Book 1: The Magician’s Nephew
    Book 2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    Book 3: The Horse and his Boy
    Book 4: Prince Caspian
    Book 5: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Book 6: The Silver Chair
    Book 7: The Last Battle

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    John fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-17-06
    John fredericksburg, VA, USA 06-17-06
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    "my first time with the book"

    The story was a powerful metaphor. I am glad I listened.

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    Michael Celebration, FL, USA 05-28-06
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    "CS Lewis"

    This book is perceived as being a children's book. It is not just that. I have been touched countless times by this book and its message of love and forgiveness. One of the best books ever written.

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    Judge Granada Hills, CA, USA 05-05-06
    Judge Granada Hills, CA, USA 05-05-06
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    "Wonderful! Magical!"

    A great fantasy by one of the greats. I highly recommend.

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    Michael Montgomery, AL, United States 04-14-06
    Michael Montgomery, AL, United States 04-14-06 Member Since 2006

    I love romance, detectives, lawyers, mystery

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    "Linn Witch and the Wardrobe"

    Excellent reading. Really captured the intent of Lewis. Great mental images portrayed.

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    Martha north canton, OH, United States 02-22-06
    Martha north canton, OH, United States 02-22-06
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    "Childhood's return"

    Listening to this took me back to the days of my children's childhood. Suddenly, I was back,working on my undergrad, sitting cross-legged in my boys' bedroom, reading, with the little ones gathered around. This go 'round, I had time to pay attention to religious symbolism---and excellent voices were reading to me.

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