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.
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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)
Yes, it was a great book to listen to with our children (6/9). They were both fascinated by the story and able to keep track in the absense of visuals.
What is not to like about Michael York. He is a brilliant story teller. We felt LUCKY to have this read to us by him.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
I loved this book when i was young..... still fun to listen to. I wish Mr. Lewis could have written longer versions.
We loved the fantasy world of Narnia
Great voices - each one was unique and easy to distinguish.
I listened with my 5 year old and eight year old on a series of long car trips over the course of a couple weeks. Both kids and I were absolutely captivated for the entire story. There was no bickering...there wasn't even any conversation in the car. Absolutely a worthwhile listen!
Yes it was a very good book!
There was no part that I liked best!
No particular scene was my favorite!
C.S. Lewis was a wonderful writer, though his goal of introducing Christian principles to young listeners can be off-putting. It's still a good story, and fun for everyone to listen to on a winter evening.
Might compare this to other good fantasy writing for children, even something like Peter Pan. Very British, from an earlier era of young people's fiction, but a memorably good story with strong characters. Girls may feel that they have been relegated to the roles of a bygone time, but they will still enjoy the plot.
His Britsh voice and elegant diction, plus the vocal changes he brings to each character, make the story come alive.
Not exactly an extreme reaction, just fun and the feeling of having enjoyed a good and entertaining story.
C.S. Lewis was a favorite of mine when I was a child, and my children read them and enjoyed them too. They didn't get to hear the story as their children will, and I hope that will add even more to another generation's fondness for old C.S. Lewis.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
It was nice to revisit this book from my youth and remember the wonder I had at its first reading. The adventures of the children are still intriguing, and the lessons learned remain relevant.
One of the best audio books we've listened to.
Michael York is exactly what you'd hope every performer could bring to the book they're reading. Nuance, voice characterizations, his ability to interpret and emote feelings; he is able to bring the book to life without sounding silly or affected.
This timeless tale leaves every person who reads it (be they child or adult), desperately wishing such a place as Narnia existed, and there are countless children, I am sure, who check the backs of closets, and wardrobes should they own one, looking for their own personal portal to a fantastic world. Michael York as the narrator was a brilliant choice; his interpretation is spot on, and exactly what one looks for when listening to audio books.
Done for the day don't want to read to your children - let Audible do it for you. (No, I'm not on their payroll). I do the same thing myself and I'm an adult. Read these as a child still love them as an adult. Share them with your children and let Audible do the work!
Read the series in sequence.
Most people think that this is the first book of the Narnia series. Really this is book two. You need to read 'The Magician's Nephew' to understand who the old man is and where Narnia came from. This book sets the stage for the last 5 books. This book explains why the kids are punished in later books. No more spoilers. Read the series.
This book contains the perfect amount of action and thematic value for kids.
When Aslan comes back for the dead.
This was an emotional book with many twists and turns.
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