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Editorial Reviews

If you've only seen the movie, you haven't really experienced the full power of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Four siblings enter a wardrobe and find themselves in Narnia, a magical, but dark wintry land ruled by the evil White Witch. In many ways darker and deeper than the Harry Potter series, the story takes on a life of its own in the reverential and spirited voice of Michael York. The beauty of the story owes much to the real world background of England during World War II. The four young heroes and Aslan the lion are lovingly created and detailed, and audio brings them to brighter life in one's imagination than any movie or visual recording can.

Michael York's reading of this treasure is as enchanting as the story. His British accent is fitting, all intonations are perfect, and he adds just the right amount of drama in all the right places. Have your family gather around your favorite speakers for this one, or save it for yourself -- a perfect antidote to a rainy day.

Publisher's Summary

Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they've been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch's sinister spell.

This was the first book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the second book in the series, preceded by The Magician's Nephew.

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.
©1950, 1978 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The only thing better than exploring Narnia with your children is having Michael York do it with you. With his precise, but lively, British accent, he eases listeners into the mysterious world hidden behind the wardrobe." (AudioFile)
"This classic tale celebrates its 50th anniversary with a delightful audio rendition. Actor Michael York's reading is a perfect match for this story." (School Library Journal)

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  • Chelsea
  • LIVERPOOL, NY, United States
  • 12-11-16

Oh My Childhood

Would you listen to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe again? Why?

Yes, because its a childhood classic and this is only the second time reading this.

What did you like best about this story?

The animals involved in bring the sons and daughters of Eve through Narnia.

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

He brings a storyteller likeness to it as he's telling the story. So happy that I listened to it this time.

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

I laughed but didn't cry because like I said I know the story from reading and watching the movies.

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  • Nate_D
  • Payson, Utah USA
  • 12-01-16

One of the best ever...

This is one of the best stories ever told. I love the Christian themes that run through the book, and the symbolism. Amazing writing and the story completely envelopes the reader and takes them to Narnia. My only complaint in this audiobook was the way the narrator read the lines of Aslan, the Lion. Imagine a bothersome uncle, with no sense of personal space, imitating his version of a pompous king...that's the ticket. Other than that the narrator was great. Excellent book!

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Big Crush on Michael York Revisited

If you could sum up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in three words, what would they be?

Betrayal, Adventure, Reconciliation

What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

He has a really good tone for this book.

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

No, just good memories. When I was 10, I lived in Narnia and not much later, developed a big crush on Michael York. It was fun to relive those years.

Any additional comments?

Old people can enjoy this too; not just for kids.

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Audio challenges

Any additional comments?

No problems with the story in particular, my complaints are about the quality of audio mixing on this one. The dialog of the characters is much louder than all of the other description/exposition parts of the book. It was hard to enjoy because I constantly felt like I had to adjust the volume knob during the reading.

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The man was brilliant what can I say!!

Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Michael York did a great job a the narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

The message was there without being pounded into you.

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

He does a good job with voice expressions and the change in characters.

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Never read the book when I was younger

But saw all the movies... and Michael York's narration put those movies to shame. I was enthralled.

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  • Jack
  • FREMONT, CA, United States
  • 01-27-12

Story is classic...reading is mediocre.

Where does The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a little better than the Bourne Identity, but not by much.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael York?

I don't think so - his narration was very plain and lacking energy. I really enjoyed the narrator of the Magician's Nephew.

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  • Sandra
  • Homestead, FL, USA
  • 01-28-08

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

This was an excellent reading of this story. It made me feel as if I had gone through the wardrobe into Narnia.

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  • Martin
  • Highland, UT, United States
  • 01-03-08

What an audiobook truly should be.

If you're already acquainted with C.S. Lewis's writing style and the Chronicles of Narnia you will love this audiobook. C.S. Lewis’s style is that of a wonderful narrative being told to a child, yet without the typical simplicity that many authors talk down to a child. Michael York’s rendition is nothing short of superb. His cadence, rhythm and shear enthusiasm brings the story to life in one of the most wonderful readings. This is what an audiobook truly should be.

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  • Denise
  • Valencia, CA, USA
  • 03-15-07

Classic Kid's Stuff...for Mom too!

Absolute wonderful job done by Michael York. I'd have to say he is one of my favorites. He uses different accents for different characters which made the listening sooo much more enjoyable. My son and I listened along with the book in hand for bedtime reading. It sure saved my voice! Loved it! We look forward to cozying up for the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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