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Narnia...where horses talk, where treachery is brewing, where destiny awaits.

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

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

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.
©1954, 1982 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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Great read

It was the best book I have ever read. I am 10 years old. It has a good moral of the story!!!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't turn it off.

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 Shasta, 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great narration

Love CS Lewis. Such imaginative writing. This is a great series. And the narration on this one was first rate.

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Excellent Reading the only entirely Narnia book.

The performance of this story is perhaps the best of all the fine readings in the Narnia series, even though the reader is not quite so famous as some of the others.

The book is interesting in that it takes place entirely in Narnia, with not a single scene in this world. We get to see several of the Pevensey children as adults, an thus near the end of their first Narian adventures. This is the work in which Lewis introduces Calormene, the foil of Narnia in that other world. It does not worship to true god, but a false one—and yet, like Narnia, there are attractive and virtuous people in that land. The sorting of good and bad comes in the final version of the series, The Last Battle, which cannot be understood without the visit to Calormene provided here.

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Loved the Story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Alex Jennings?

Not my favorite narrator, but he did a good job. I gave him three stars because I have been spoiled by Jim Dale.

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

Neither. It's an entertaining book but as I have said before, character depth in the Narnia books is lacking.

Any additional comments?

I love listening to audiobooks during my hour long commute to work. These keep me sane and entertained!

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Alex Jennings is one of my new favourite narrators

Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first recording I have heard by Mr. Jennings and I will absolutely listen to more if I have the chance! He was absolutely perfect for this role. I really appreciated how his voicing of Hwin and Bree was very humanized, which is how I believe Lewis intended the characters to be. He didn't give them ridiculous "horsey sounding" voices which would have been especially tiresome to listen to for 4 or 5 hours! Really just a perfect voicing of all the characters and a soothing and enjoyable listen overall.

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  • Shawn
  • Worcester, MA, USA
  • 04-01-08

Great Book

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 not pointed out, but they are certainly there.

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Difficult wording

The concept of the story is wonderful but the language was difficult for my daughter to understand. She reads at a 5th grade level but is in 2nd grade. The first two books of the series had verbiage appropriate for 5th grade vocabulary but the writing in the book was more like Jane Austin. She got a little frustrated but she liked the story overall.

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Excellent all around!

Loved it! Excellent all around! It left me wanting to hear another Narnia book read by the same gifted performer.

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Narnia in any form is a good listen

I have always enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia however never had listened or read this story turned out to be very good