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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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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.

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

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    Jason USA 05-14-05
    Jason USA 05-14-05
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    "An incredible children's series"

    Our family had such a good time listening to Robert Stanek's "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" we recently started "The Chronicles of Narnia." We've read all these authors' works in novels but this is our first time listening to the audio books.

    We had a bit of trouble finding the books on Audible. When we click C.S. Lewis we mostly found his christain writing works, like the "Screwtape Letters." The only way we could find "The Chronicles of Narnia" books was to click the link provided in the descriptive text of the books.

    "The Magician's Nephew: is the sixth narnia book published, but the first in time order, so you should listen to this one first.

    The best listening order is:

    The Magician's Nephew
    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
    Prince Caspian
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    The Silver Chair
    The Horse and His Boy
    The Last Battle

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the novel they are basing the new Chronicles of Narnia movie on. Happy listening!

    139 of 146 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Albuquerque, NM, USA 06-02-05
    Sean Albuquerque, NM, USA 06-02-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Enchanting"

    Like the remainder of the books in the Narnia series this one is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, each of the audiobooks in the series has been done by a different reader. This breaks up the continuum a little, but Kenneth Brannaugh does a spectacular job with this story.

    As it is thematically the first book and in my opinion the best read this book makes a fine introduction to the Narnia series.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 03-20-07
    Denise Valencia, CA, USA 03-20-07 Member Since 2007
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    "How it all started"

    How did the lamp get into Narnia? Who is the White Witch and how did she come to Rule Narnia? How did Narnia come to be? Why was the Wardrobe special? All these are answered in this first book of the Chronicles of Narnia. My son and I enjoyed it just as much as The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe. The Magician's Nephew will almost stand up on its own, except for a few references made by C.S. Lewis to LWW. If you only read books 1 & 2, it would still be a complete experience. Though, I recommend reading LWW first, then MN. It feels better that way, but that is only MY opinion.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis Washington, DC, USA 11-21-05
    Alexis Washington, DC, USA 11-21-05
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    "A magical experience"

    What a wonderful story and Kenneth Branaugh is exceptional in his telling of this story. At moments I forgot I was listening to a single story-teller and instead heard a cast of characters, each with their own accents. I only wish Mr. Branaugh was reading the rest of the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Tigard, OR, USA 08-06-05
    Jake Tigard, OR, USA 08-06-05
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    "A great book with excellent narration"

    The Magician's Nephew is a great start to the classic Narnia series and this audiobook is especially worthwhile thanks to Kenneth Branagh's superb narration. This book is the first chronologically in the Narnia series, although I believe Lewis wrote it last. Its a great introduction to one the absolute best series in children's literature. Highly recommended.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 02-17-07
    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 02-17-07
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    "The Magician's Nephew"

    This is a great start to a great series...I highly recommend this series no matter what the age.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-07-07
    Lynne Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-07-07
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    "My favorite of the series"

    The idea of visiting world by jumping into ponds, climbing between connected buildings through the rafters, the mad uncle and evil queen have stayed in my dreams since childhood and provoked many hours of thought.

    A great book for young adult or old. Timeless and one of my all-time favorites.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Dallas, GA, USA 08-21-06
    Aaron Dallas, GA, USA 08-21-06
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    "Best way to start the series"

    I grew up reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (LWW) and watching the cartoon version quite often. I loved it. I also read, Silver Chair, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Horse and His Boy, but I never read The Magicians Nephew. I don't know why.

    I wish I had read this book first. It gives you, in my humble opion, critical information if you are intested in reading any other book. This book was not written first, but in Narnia years (the place where it all takes place) it starts at the beginning, Narnia year 0. It explains the creation of Naria and from where the White Witch, Jadis, came.

    A must read if you are going to read or watch LWW.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina LisboaPortugal 07-12-07
    Cristina LisboaPortugal 07-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Reading Order"

    I must disagree with the previous reviewers who stated the order according to which the books should be read. Although it is the chronological order, it is not the order the author intended the books to be read. And, in fact, reading The Magician's Nephew first spoils much of the reading.
    The proper order to reading the books should be:

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

    Great books and narrations.
    Thank you Audible!

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Natshell 07-23-13
    Natshell 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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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