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Summary

Written after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but designed by C.S. Lewis to be read first, this enchanting prequel, with its story of time travel, sorcery, and magic rings, is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn the backstory to the biggest movie release of the year. Hurled back in time to the birth of a new world, two young friends get caught in the epic struggle between Aslan and his nemesis the White Witch.

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.

©1955, 1983 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2005 HarperCollins UK

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By the Lion! What a Book!

When I was a kid I used to listen to The Chronicles of Narnia narrated by Sir Michael Hordern during long car journeys with my parents.
When I found that they were available on audible I was both pleased and a little anxious. Worried that if I were to listen to the series again as an adult it might not live up to my childhood memories.

Last week I took the plunge and revisited the first in the series, The Magician's Nephew.
I'm happy to say that this series more than lives up to the rose-tinted memories of yesteryear!
It's not just the narration or the story either, although both are brilliant.
The use of instruments such as lutes and flutes to underscore some of the more poignant moments of the stories is a stroke of genius.
Whether music is being used to depict an entire battle or simply for one moment to give us a greater insight into a character's emotional journey it never out stays it's welcome as always adds something extra to the overall experience.

This is probably what most would call a book for younger readers but I defy any one of any age to give this a listen and not be completely charmed by it.
Give this first book a go and you'll understand why I spent a good portion of my time as a child trying to engage the local farm life in conversation and hunting for witches in the back of my mother's wardrobe.

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great book

great book one of my favourites as a child great narrator. like the Narnia books

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Perfect

This is enchanting and The best version out.
Michael reads it so beautifully.
I recommend this to everyone.

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The best version of this wonderful series

The music and Michael’s voice is magical and bring this story to life in way no one else does! Perfect for all ages!

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great narration but....

Liked the narrative read by Michael Hordern but found the music very irritating and unnecessary.

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Fantastic story

Wonderful story for a developing child's mind, I loved it when I was little and still love listening to it as an adult- it helps keep me young!!

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Brilliant narrator, wonderful story!

Have loved this narrator since a child! Possibly because these books/Audiobooks encouraged me to learn to read I've tried giving them a listen again and was not disappointed. Also, because my little sister is autistic, she often struggles to fall asleep at night, however she's managed to drift off wonderfully for the past week while listening to this story. The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the music although my sister said it was one of her favourite parts...

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Love this audio book!

Love the narrator, the music and everything about it! One of my favourite book series.

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childhood reminicing

I have had these recordings since they were released on cassette in the 80s and have loved them ever since. I like the music and I think Michael Horden narrates them in an excellent way. I think k the CD version of these is better as I found the music a bit compressed and tinny this time, but overall very enjoyable

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Horden is a genius.

I grew up with these stories and they retain their magic. Can't recommend more. Listen and enjoy.

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Missing scenes!

This was a beautifully read book and I love the narnia series but there was definitely scenes missing from this recording. Very disappointed for a kids book to leave parts out.

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Still the best version of this book imaginable.

Sir Michael Hordern’s voice, performance and characterizations are absolutely defining. A true and magical classic.