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The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia | [C.S. Lewis]

The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.
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Publisher's Summary

Narnia...where the woods are thick and cool, where the Talking Beasts are called to life, a new world where the adventure begins.

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

This was the sixth book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the first book in the series.

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.

©1955, 1983 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lewis's storytelling is magnificent, and Branagh's performance completely and utterly engaging." (AudioFile)

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    Natshell 07-23-13
    Natshell 07-23-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure unadulterated joy"

    I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia. I homeschooled my children so I had the true pleasure of reading each book aloud to them. They talk about those hours as among their favorite memories to this day and consequently, they hold these books dear as well. I've read them many times over the years but listening to Kenneth Branagh narrate this one brought all the pleasure to life again as if discovering Narnia for the first time.

    The recent movies based on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader were pretty well done and great fun but no movie could ever live up to these books. That being said, after hearing Liam Neeson do Aslan, I was worried about any narrator of the books meeting that standard. They were absolutely inspired to cast Neeson. But Branagh... how could I have doubted. And thank God for a narrator who doesn't make children sound like imbeciles.

    I bought this book when I was in need of some comfort; some peace in troubled waters. I got what I needed with a healthy dose of fun as well. I will listen to this book over and over and over, I promise you. And my 29 year old son and his wife downloaded it and are listening to it while on the road for his job. This book is ageless, timeless... pure unadulterated joy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelby Monroe, LA, United States 08-21-12
    Shelby Monroe, LA, United States 08-21-12
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    "Excellent reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician's Nephew to be better than the print version?

    Yes!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician's Nephew?

    Aslan's creation of Narnia


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

    His reading style is fast-paced and seems to make listening to the book an adventure. He is the best reader i have heard so far.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to but didn't. 3 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bethany Clarksville, TN, United States 02-11-12
    Bethany Clarksville, TN, United States 02-11-12
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    "Great storytelling"

    Kenneth Branagh did a great job with C.S Lewis' classic tale. A wonderful story made better by the actor's superb storytelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dean 03-19-10
    Dean 03-19-10 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "The back story to Wardrobe."

    A short story by todays books by the pound standards...also one many people forget. There is a back story to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it has a decidedly different tone. The books are all worth the read, and re-read. This one offers a short afternoon in another world.

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    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 06-20-08
    Kim Louisville, KY, USA 06-20-08
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    "My second favorite Narnia book."

    While none of the series holds a candle to the first book in the series The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. This one comes the closest. I adored this book. Every time I listen to it I am transported back to my childhood and all the worlds I ever imagined existed.

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    Grace Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-11-08
    Grace Los Angeles, CA, USA 06-11-08
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    "It's Awesome!"

    It is so great to listen classic books by audible system. It helps me to understand better. As a bilingual, I myself need to improve listening and speaking skills. The narrator articulates to read it as a voice actor. I would like to strongly recommand this book to everyone like me!

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    "Great"

    This is a Classic. Great Storyline, Great Narration, Easy to follow.

    I listened to it on a trip with the kids, and when I stopped for fuel, they wanted me to leave it running. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Enjoyable children's fantasy"

    Kenneth Branagh does a great job narrating this first volume of the Chronicles of Narnia series. It's an intriguing fantasy for youngsters as well as for adults who enjoy children's classics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "This is the beginning for Narnia"

    Most people think that 'The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe' (book two) was the first book of Narnia. This is the book where it all begins. If you want to know who the Lion is and who the old man is in the second book then this is for you. This book goes through the first creation and discovery of Narnia. If you read this then you will understand the second book better and the last book even more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Excellent Series"

    These Chronicles of Narnia are absolutely excellent. My favorite narrator is Kenneth Branagh, who does “The Magician’s Nephew,” which is the first book in the series.

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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