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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia S.) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

C. S. Lewis , Kenneth Branagh
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20 Aug 2007 The Chronicles of Narnia (Book 1)

Complete and unabridged on four CDs, read by KENNETH BRANAGH

Digory let out a scream. "What's happened to Polly?"
"Congratulate me, my dear boy," said Uncle Andrew, rubbing his hands. "My experiment has succeeded. The little girl's gone – vanished – right out of this world."

When Digory and Polly discover Uncle Andrew's secret workshop, they are tricked into touching the magic rings which transport them to the Other Place. But even Uncle Andrew doesn't realise the wonders that await them – for here is the gateway to the Land of Narnia and the beginning of many wonderful adventures there…


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (20 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007126107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007126101
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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“The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades.” The Times

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Digory let out a scream. "What's happened to Polly?"
"Congratulate me, my dear boy," said Uncle Andrew, rubbing his hands. "My experiment has succeeded. The little girl's gone – vanished – right out of this world."

When Digory and Polly discover Uncle Andrew's secret workshop, they are tricked into touching the magic rings which transport them to the Other Place. But even Uncle Andrew doesn't realise the wonders that await them – for here is the gateway to the Land of Narnia and the beginning of many wonderful adventures there…


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Narnia in the beginning never so real... 10 Sep 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
I first heard this production when I was young and it's a story and dramatisation that has has stayed with me because it is an incredibly colourful and faithful version of the original story. The passion and precision of the voices are really superb and manage to bring to life a myriad set of complex characters that could easily have sounded dull and dated, despite Lewis' amazing story-telling ability. This production allows the imagination to truely envisage Lewis' dreamland, which is probably because the actors are so well cast and embody the good and bad of the characters they play so well. A lot of effort has clearly gone into this dramatisation, so that it remains faithful to the spirit of the book and adds a realism the text could not.
With this particular edition, the C.D. quality is excellent- without the muffling sounds sometimes caused on audio cassettes and so there is no reason why this and the other 6 radio dramatisations should not be bought and treasured by all those people who loved the books and those who've never heard of Narnia- there is simply no other collection of stories better brought to life in audio.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 19 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
When I was 7 or 8 I read my mother's childhood copies of 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' most of them so well loved that each book had half a cover and an assortment of pages tucked in the back that you had to put in the right place while you were reading. Discovering this beautiful edition of 'The Magician's Nephew,' including the original cover and illustrations and with archive-quality clay-coated pages has been a revelation.
'The Magician's Nephew' tells how Diggory Kirke (the young Professor Kirke from 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe') and his friend Polly get sent to The World Between Worlds, unwittingly awaken Jardis, Queen of Charn, from an enchantment and transport her to the new world of Narnia as it is being sung to life by the Great Lion Aslan. Despite the fact that it's the first of the Chronicles, it was the last to be written and thus sews the seeds for all the books that follow. We learn where the lamp post and the wardrobe came from, why some animals talk and some do not, and why humans are the rulers of Narnia.
If you're not interested in the Christian allegory aspect of the books then it's a great read in and of itself. For those who appreciate this second dimension of the books, 'The Magician's Nephew' is a doubly exciting and thought provoking book. Human stewardship, creation ex nihilo, original sin and many other aspects of Creation are presented in an unusual and challenging way.
Whatever age you are, whether you are familiar with Narnia or new to it, this sumptuous copy of 'The Magician's Nephew' will be a book that you will enjoy and treasure for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How It All Began 29 Oct 2003
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Digory and Polly are exploring a passageway between their houses one summer morning when they stumble into Digory's uncle's study. Uncle Andrew dapples in magic, and tricks Polly into taking one of his magic rings. Digory goes after her, and they find themselves in a magic wood, a passageway to different worlds. Exploring further, they find evil as well as a land about to be created.
This is a different story in the Narnia tales. First, we don't arrive at Narnia until after half way through the book. Second, this is the only book where actions in the fantasy worlds have direct impact on events in our world. For these reasons, it's a fun change in the series. The story in Narnia is simpler then the others, but it makes watching a new world take shape no less thrilling. And there are some important lessons on doing the right thing at the right time and getting out of life exactly what you expect.
There is quite a debate about the order this book should be read in. While it was published sixth, the events place it first. When I read these books back in third grade, I read them in publication order, and I enjoyed that because there are some surprises in here that explain a couple scenes in the first book. Admittedly biased, I think that reading them in publication order would make for the most enjoyment. However, the issues involved are very minor and any of the books can really be read in any order without spoiling anything important.
No matter what order you choose to read the books in, make sure you do. These are classic children's fantasy for a reason; they are fun stories that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore that plot summary! 22 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Whoever wrote that plot summary can't have read the book recently! In fact, Polly & Digory are followed _out_ of Charn by the evil Empress Jadis and unwittingly bring her to a newly-created Narnia; Aslan gives them the task of mitigating the effects of their mistake. One of the best in the series, to my mind. The scene where the talking animals adopt Uncle Andrew as a pet is just hilarious; the description of Charn, especially the Hall of Statues, spine-chilling; and my mouth waters again to remember the toffee-fruit tree that Polly & Digory plant...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put on the rings 22 July 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Every good story has a backstory. So in "The Magician's Nephew," C.S. Lewis backpedalled to tell us the story of how Narnia began, the origin of the White Witch, and various other little questions that popped up over the course of his Narnia series. The result is a tense, slightly comic prequel that neatly ties up the various loose threads.

Two London schoolchildren, Polly and Digory, meet and befriend one another, despite Digory's misery over his mother's fatal illness. But they fall prey to Digory's arrogant uncle Andrew -- Andrew has created some magical rings that transport the wearer to another world, and he wants the two as guinea pigs. Polly and Digory only narrowly manage to return from a dying world.

But they had an unwelcome passenger -- Jadis, an imperious sorceress who plans to take over the world. Polly and Digory are appalled at what has happened, and try to find some way of transporting Jadis elsewhere, using the magical rings. But when they do, they find themselves encountering a world that is just being created, by a strange lion -- the world of Narnia.

The Narnia stories are getting more attention in the months before the movie is released. And though it's unknown whether "The Magician's Nephew" is going to be on the silver screen, it's a valuable read for movie-watchers and readers alike. Basically, if "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" raised any questions, then this can answer them.

"The Magician's Nephew" serves as a neat way of explaining some very weird occurrances -- where did that lamppost come from? Or the Narnian humans? Just where did the White Witch come from, since she doesn't seem to fit in Narnia's springtime utopia?
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this book was a AMAZING book to choose from the Narnia series about a boy who's uncle Andrew has secret of his godmother was a fairy godmother and sent Polly and his nephew digory... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... for children it still has enough magic in to delight adults. Yes c
Written for children it still has enough magic in to delight adults. Yes c.s.lewis does get a bit prosy (in a victorian style) but adults can live with that and children probably... Read more
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Published 27 days ago by frederick cartman
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
love this book. it a great read for all ages. you just want to keep reading the next page then the next. would recommend reading all the Narnia books
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Lodge
5.0 out of 5 stars This a delight full book
This a delight full book,parents should encourage children to read this one first. It is the story of how Narnia came into existence, Its full of fun, how the lamp post. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ann
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regularly read, so have added to kindle for holidays
Published 1 month ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars The adventues begin in Narnia
I loved this book and truly enjoyed going to Narnia and travelling with magic rings. I felt wondorous of what would happen next when the children awoke the queen and happy when i... Read more
Published 3 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of Narnia
Very good background to the subsequent adventures that in fact were written first. A good read but very much oriented to the younger reader.
Published 3 months ago by J. Boraston
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