Sir Ben Kingsley's narration of 'The Magician of Samarkand' is by far the best Jakanory adaptation I've seen since Rick Mayall reading 'Charlie's Magic Medicine' when I was a boy.
Watching this programme one Sunday afternoon left me completely hooked and compelled me to buy the book. (A 'Children's' book which I now rank alongside 'The Chronicles of Narnia' as one of the best ever written.) So although the adaptation cut out a great deal of the story in order to save time, I would definitely recommend this DVD as an 'Introduction' to the novel. I, e, a great way for parents to inspire their children to read before going out to buy a second copy for themselves :-)