In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.
Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So let the adventures begin.
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)2005 HarperCollins UK
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The Magician's Nephew is one of the best narrated novels I have listened to so far. Kenneth Brannagh does a great job especially with the Cockney accent of the cab driver.
The cabbie is my favourite character with the Cockney accent and his rags to riches story.
The scene where the witch tries to tempt Diggory into taking the Apple for himself is my favourite scene, as Diggory has to overcome his fears and his selfish nature to not give into temptation and to do the right thing.
The temptation scene again and when Strwberry was given wings and renames Fledge. They are only a couple of the moments that moved me in this story.
This is where it all began so if you rereading this series start with this book first and read in chronological order instead of the publishing order.
Not as a stand alone story, but most definitely if my friend was interested in listening to 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.
I would strongly recommend that they begin their adventures in Narnia with this story.
I liked the cabbie so much - Frank - by name and nature. One who was a king in both of his worlds.
My skin tingles when I remember the birth of Narnia - to the song of Lion.
Definitely not a strong reaction.
This very much a prequel, a story that helps to make sense of the next book - ' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.
Without this book that one is diminished, but this book most definitely needs to be linked with the series.
This is a must-listen prequel. All the books are relatively short, so no time is wasted.
"I think it's great!"
i think it's great because i like listening about Uncle Andrew. He is a bit funny. It is very exciting and my favourite bit is at the end when Digory is happy again.
Frances Age 7
I had my reservations. I thought it might be a bit old, a bit flakey.. dare I say a bit passe... HOW WRONG WAS I??
This has to be one of the best books I have downloaded (and I'm a 26yo man!)The magical imagery really took me somewhere I haven't been for sixteen years.
"And so it begins...."
For anyone who didn't know that there are several books before The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, here is the introduction. I didn't know this book existed either until I was a teenager, and had already explored the above story. Now I can enjoy the very beginning all over again with my own children. It's a great book to tuck them up in bed with and/or listen to together. It lays the foundations of Narnia and explains several other things you may come across (like the lamp post in the wood or why some of the animals talk!). The story is nicely told, easy to follow and, of course, a classic.
"My kids loved it"
I downloaded this for my 7 year old daughter who was captivated from start to finish. A superbly narrated book that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
My five year old son loves audiobooks and he listened to this three times in succession. I hoped this would be a good introduction to the Narnia series for him, as he could not read such a long book yet and it did not disappoint. I loved listening too, as I read the books many years ago and had forgotten them.
The first appearance of Aslan.
No, but this book has made me want to listen to more of his performances.
I was transported back about 30 years as I listened to this wonderful multilevelled story which I last read as a child. Kenneth Branagh has done a marvellous narration which truly brought this tail to life. Such strong images capture the imagination and the parable nature of this book really comes through now I listen as an adult. I would recommend this to anyone old or young. Lewis at his best.
"The real Narnian origin"
Branagh is great in this first book of Narnia, with all the heartwarming tics we expect from C.S Lewis in his veiled origin for the beginning of this narrative epic.
"A Great Buy."
I have not read these books since I was a child, I was pleased to see all 7 books on this site. A good quality reading.
I usually read the Chronicles of Narnia through the summer as an easy, lie-in-the-garden, type read! This year I didn't quite get round to it, and so have started buying the audiobooks.
What a pleasure. The books are obviously great, but it has been a revelation to hear them instead of read them. I have picked up on so many little things that I hadn't noticed (or possibly skipped) when reading the books.
Perfect for Sunday listening!!!
This is a book I would first have read as a 10 or 11 year old. I have re-read it a number of times since and it, and the whole Narnia canon, are lifelong favourites. I am accordingly a bit picky about whom I would find acceptable, reading such a well loved story. Kenneth Branagh doesn't disappoint; his narration is as close to perfect as you could get. Thoroughly recommended.
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