The Last Battle

The Chronicles of Narnia
Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,399 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged digital audio edition of The Last Battle, Book Seven in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, narrated by acclaimed actor Patrick Stewart.Narnia...where lies breed fear...where loyalty is tested...where all hope seems lost

During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Last Battle is the seventh and final book in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, a series that has become part of the canon of classic literature, drawing readers and listeners of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over 50 years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to relive the adventures and find out how it began, pick up The Magician’s Nephew, the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.
©1956, 1984 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Winner, Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, 2005

"Making audio chills run up and down the listener's spine, Stewart brings The Last Battle to life as he shifts seamlessly from one character to another....Stewart is truly the right reader for this timeless tale." (AudioFile)

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Sad to get to the end...

A little slow to start, but it really picked up toward the middle. I was a little sad knowing this was the last Narnia book, but I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter to see how it would end. Patrick Stewart narrating was great!

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Narnia Chronicles come to a great conclusion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book due to the dynamic nature of the story and the theology so deeply woven throughout.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Battle?

I love the scene when the dwarves refuse to believe they are in Alsan's country and act as if they are trapped in a dirty stable. C.S. Lewis uses this to illustrate the way in which some people refuse the good things that come their way by being

Which character – as performed by Patrick Stewart – was your favorite?

Stewart has a good range of voices and keeps the story going, I especially liked his voice for Puzzle the donkey.

Any additional comments?

While the theology is unavoidable it does not overwhelm the story or make it inaccessible to the children I have read it to, though some are very sad that Narnia comes to an end.

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Patrick Stewart A Voice of Beauty

This is already a classic book that I have read many times growing up, but I joined audible just to get this narrated by Patrick Stewart. He has a way of making anything sound good and this book is brought to life by him. I wish he narrated them all and hope he continues to narrate books.

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A Wonderful Conclusion

Never has a story so broken my heart and then so completely mended it with such overwhelming happiness. There truly could not have been a better conclusion to "The Chronicles of Narnia."

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A good ending

The whole Narnia series was great, but this was the only book in it that I listened to . I loved the fact that Patrick Stewart narrated it. It was shorter than I expected. The ending was perfect - though bittersweet, and it was appropriate for the allegory.

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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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A bittersweet conclusion.

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 the 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.

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I love this book

I love this book. I can read it again and again. I love this story.

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I'm impressed with Patrick Stewart

I never would have pegged Patrick Stewart to be an audiobook reader, but I bought this with an extra credit and took a chance. He's not the finest reader I've ever listened to (Jim Dale is my favorite), but he does an excellent job. I'd be happy to listen to more books by him. The only criticism I have is that he said "Turnus" near the end of the novel when he meant "Tumnus."
As for the book itself, I love the Chronicles of Narnia. C. S. Lewis just has a way of painting images of joy and wonder, as well as terrible images that make you sad. And he has a way with relatable analogies. This is one of those books that tugs at my heartstrings. I would, of course, recommend that you read/listen to the other books first—this is the last of the series. But when you do, this one is a good way to end.

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C.S. Lewis AND Patrick Stewart - Win! Win!

My kids loved all six of the previous Narnia stories that we purchased in this series of audio books. Of course, C. S. Lewis does not disappoint with this last, beautiful offering. Patrick Stewart was a perfect narrator for The Last Battle. His voice has a beautiful range and he needed all of his skills to capture the despair and beauty and triumph in this work. This was a home run in our house.

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