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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Audiobook

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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    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13
    Dana Buffalo Grove, IL, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect for a family trip"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 03-12-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "Wish it was longer"

    I loved this book when i was young..... still fun to listen to. I wish Mr. Lewis could have written longer versions.

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    Jude Sanbornton, NH USA 02-19-13
    Jude Sanbornton, NH USA 02-19-13

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    "The kids were thoroughly entranced"
    Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    We loved the fantasy world of Narnia


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

    Great voices - each one was unique and easy to distinguish.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Bret 02-05-13
    Bret 02-05-13
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    "GREAT BOOK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was a very good book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was no part that I liked best!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No particular scene was my favorite!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don'tknow!


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Marcia Charlottesville VA USA 01-02-13
    Marcia Charlottesville VA USA 01-02-13

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    "Good Holiday Listening for the Family"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to and why?

    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.


    What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

    His Britsh voice and elegant diction, plus the vocal changes he brings to each character, make the story come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not exactly an extreme reaction, just fun and the feeling of having enjoyed a good and entertaining story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-23-12
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2016

    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!

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    "Still great after all these years"

    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.

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    Christine Dumont, NJ, United States 07-02-12
    Christine Dumont, NJ, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Audio Books at Their Best"
    Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books we've listened to.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12
    Jocelyn Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Buy this for you and your children."

    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!

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-25-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Sequel"

    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.

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    Ian Ellensburg, WA, United States 04-18-12
    Ian Ellensburg, WA, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good book to listen to with your children"
    What did you love best about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

    This book contains the perfect amount of action and thematic value for kids.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

    When Aslan comes back for the dead.


    Which character – as performed by Michael York – was your favorite?

    Aslan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was an emotional book with many twists and turns.


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