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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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    Lee TEMPE, AZ, US Minor Outlying Islands 10-25-05
    Lee TEMPE, AZ, US Minor Outlying Islands 10-25-05 Member Since 2005
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    "A bit heavy-handed with the religious imagery"

    This is an audiobook that would be good for the family to enjoy hearing together. I liked Michael York's narration, although another reviewer is correct about his toning down of descriptions that might be frightening to young listeners. I preferred The Magician's Nephew, the previous title in the series, because the religious imagery of this story seems a bit heavy-handed to me; it sounds somewhat like a children's Sunday School story. I have read that C.S. Lewis denied that he intended this as a Christian allegory, but almost everyone else sees it quite clearly as such.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john plymouth, MA, United States 10-15-12
    john plymouth, MA, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    no problem with the story just be advised that it is a kids book. at one point the author describes something as so scary that if he told you about it your mother wouldnt let you read this book lol

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    Lee Ann Germany 08-25-08
    Lee Ann Germany 08-25-08 Listener Since 2003

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    "Great Story"

    I thought the narration and authors way he brings the characters to life is outstandanding!

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    Rebecca San Jose, CA, United States 03-20-08
    Rebecca San Jose, CA, United States 03-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent"

    The reader was wonderful. We felt as if we were in Narnia.

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    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 03-27-07
    Susan B. Bay Area, CA 03-27-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Best in the series"

    I think everyone knows this story nowadays! Fun fantasy, good wins over evil. The Christian morals are present, but don't interfere with the fun of the book.

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    Liana Ballston Lake, NY, USA 02-12-06
    Liana Ballston Lake, NY, USA 02-12-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A must for children of all ages"

    If you haven't read the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, you have missed one of the most entertaining books of last century. Reading it at 7 or 31, I was fascinated and moved to tears both times. This is C.S. Lewis first Narnian adventure and the introduction of the world to Peter, Susan, Edmond, Lucy, Aslan, and many other truly unforgettable creatures. As the four children are magically drawn into the world of Narnia, the discover in themselves a yearn for adventure, justice, and a bravery and faith in good they had not yet discovered.

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    Robert Richard 01-11-06 Member Since 2004
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    "worth a try"

    The fantasy world is not as fully realized as in, say Yolkien.

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    Markus lehi, UT, USA 12-01-05
    Markus lehi, UT, USA 12-01-05
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    "Who writes like that???"

    Okay first off I have no idea how they are making a movie out of this book, it is so short and nothing really happens. The writer makes everything happen with out any real tension or conflict it just happens, oh you need magic liquid to heal your brother, I'll just have Santa Claus give it to you. You need some way to save your brother from the evil witch okay I'll take his place on the sacraficail table, oh that means im going to die ah well i'll just make him come back to life. Dumb.

    Also the one thing that was pounded into my head when I took some writing classes in college was that you can't switch points of view. In other words you can't go from telling the story from the main characters points of view and then suddenly talk to the reader. Sure you have to change view from each character in the book but to talk to the reader is just strange. Don't get this book, save your money and get something better. Like Eragon, Eldest, any of the Harry Potter books. What a waste of my money.

    3 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    John Moundsville, WV, USA 08-18-05
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    great

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