The story is well read, and well told. I just wish the narrator wouldn't adopt the tone of voice that sounds like he's reading it to a naughty five-ye..Show More »ar-old. Apart from that it is brilliant, with good voices, excellent pace, clear voice, and everything else that does this great story justice.
Add this to your Christmas stocking, or better, buy it for someone young and then listen to the story with them.
This is only my second foray into the land of audiobooks (after my first with Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein") and I am again pleased that I decided to ..Show More »use my commute time wisely! "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" has always been one of my favorite stories and I have not read it in almost 10 years. I'm so bogged down with other books I'm reading at the moment, so I decided to "read" it while in the car. The best part about this book, other than the lovely story, beautiful imagery, and wonderful characters, is Michael York's interpretation of the story. Other reviewers found him annoying, but I appreciated how he differentiated the characters. His enthusiasm during Lucy's discovery of Narnia is particularly wonderful. I enjoyed listening to this book very much and I highly recommend both the book and this particular audio version as well. Happy listening!
FROM STEVE FELDBERG, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR, AUDIBLE:
Rightfully so, "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" gets most of the attention in C.S. Lew..Show More »is' Narnia series. But each and every one of the Harper Audio renditions is wonderful, with great narrators like Patrick Stewart, Kenneth Branagh, Michael York, and other notables. "Prince Caspian" is the hidden jewel, for its memorable story of the return of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy to Narnia, and for its terrifically nuanced narration by Lynn Redgrave. I didn't think of the Narnia books as having a female "voice" until I heard Ms. Redgrave's lovely rhythms and inventive voices. She more than reads this book; she performs it. You won't regret a minute of the time you'll spend listening to this and all the Narnia books.
I had read the books before, but to have them read to me while I drive was amazing. Great story with some good Bible based lessons. The lessons are ..Show More »not pointed out, but they are certainly there.
This is a wonderful series of recordings with Michael Hordern narrating accompanied by beautifully atmospheric music. The story is one of the better ..Show More »in the series with one child from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and one new child. Its a more exciting adventure than Voyage of the Dawn Treader with both children being likeable. The story has some slightly more serious themes than the previous books, in particular (without giving too much away), the Giants whose diet is less than appealing.
All in all, a lovely story beautifully read.
For some reason, seemingly unlike most who read the very profound Chronicles of Narnia, The Silver Chair is my favorite-- despite the fact that it con..Show More »tains some of the more heavy-handed Christian allegory among them. As a person who is not Christian and has never had any intention of becoming one, there are certain characterizations of divinity and gender which are quite antithetical to my own perspectives, as is often the complaint about this particular series from some strongly secular bases.
However, The Silver Chair, just as the majority of the rest of the series, is quite readily capable of standing apart from Lewis' standard Apologist reasonings as literary classics. This book is not only an important Christian Apologist treatise which should never be ignored as such, but also really amazingly useful to the mind of any child capable of comprehending it, as it masterfully integrates relevant and meaningful ethical lessons for young people of any religion, or even no religion at all.
Set some years after the events of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but before Prince Caspian, The Horse and his Boy tells the tale of how young S..Show More »hasta, an orphan boy raised on a small island by a solitary, dour fisherman, suddenly finds himself embarked on a grand adventure to reach the land of Narnia. He is accompanied by the talking horse Bree, former steed of a cruel lord from Callormen who intended to buy Shasta as a slave. THe pair is soon joined by Aravis, a girl who fled her father's estate with her own steed Hwin, another talking horse, to escape an arranged marriage . An excellently written tale brought superbly to life by British actor Alex Jennings. Each character has his or her own personality, from Shasta and Aravis to the horses to the sinister Tarkons of Callormen, who even now plot an invasion of Narnia to steal away Queen Susan. This of course puts Shasta in the desperate position of having to reach Narnia's southern neighbor, Archenland, in time to warn of the invasion. And in the course of his adventure, Shasta lerns a startling truth about his own past and how he came to be raised by the fisherman.
All in all this is an excellent listen. As I said in the title I could hardly turn off my IPod.
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 b..Show More »y 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.
Unlike the prior novels, The Last Battle begins in the land of Narnia. Many generations have passed since Eustace and Jill freed Prince Rillian from t..Show More »he sinister enchantments of theEmerald Witch in The Silver Chair. Since tat time, Narnia has enjoyed a long period of peace and prosperity. But now a new evil threatens Narnia in the form of Shift, an old, cunning Ape, who finds a lion's skin and persuades his friend Puzzle, a well-meaning if simple donkey, to don the skin and pretend to be Aslan, who has not been seen in Narnia for many geneations. Far away from this, King Tirian of Narnia is enjoying a vacation at a hunting lodge with his riend Jewel, a unicorn. He is visited by Runewit, a Centaur, who warns that Narnia is facing an era of darkness and chaos. The first signs of this become apparent when the king receives news that talking trees are being cut down for lumber, which is being sold to the Calormenes, who have always been enemies of Narnia. The situation becomes even more desperate when Tirian is captured and bound to a tree. But all is not lost, for Aslan summons all those who ave had a hand in the creation and protection of Narnia, minus Susan, who has drifted away from Narnia and its values over the years. Together these friends prepare to fight a battle that could mark the end of Narnia. As with the other books in the series, THe Last Battle is read by a distinguished British actor, in this case Patrick Stewart, best known to some as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He does this tale reat justice with his deep, calm and versitile voice. I finished the entire book in less than a day simply because I couldn't put it down.