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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Best-Loved Classics)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2010
I used to listen to this almost nightly as a child and recently felt the urge to seek it out to see if it was as good as I remember it.I'm pleased to report that it's every bit as good, if not better, than I remember.

Michael Hordern possessed a voice that was unmatched in it's ability to convey character and atmosphere. He voices every character and this serves to draw the listener in even more than if there was a full cast. The other aspect that I remembered vividly is the great harp and flute music Narnia Suite [IMPORT]. The story is delivered with great respect and there are scenes which have a pathos unparalleled in any audiobook production I have heard. The scene where Aslan makes the moonlit walk to the stone table with Susan and Lucy still resonates strongly with me today.

The scenes set outside the wardrobe evoke wartime, English evacuee-living perfectly and offer a great window into a lost era for modern children. I doubt that anything of this quality will be produced again as the overall production is absolutely perfect, and I doubt that there are people this talented at work in the field today.

If you want to give your child a gift that they will remember for the rest of their lives then let them listen to this, they will be eternally grateful.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2003
We had the entire series of Narnia audiobooks read by Michael Horden bought for us to keep us quiet on our family holiday down to Cornwall, a 7 hour drive.... His wonderful narration and the haunting sounds of the harp music accompanying the story makes this version of the book enchanting and guaranteed to hold your young ones and yourselves spellbound.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2003
I have loved all the Narnia books since I was a little girl and wanted to introduce this wonderful world created by C S Lewis to my own six year old daughter, however I felt the full, unabridged novels would be too old for her. This particular version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is ideal for the younger child - it misses out much of the scarier elements and things that would confuse a younger child (and prompt difficult questions to answer for that age group) but leaves in enough to keep it exciting and full of adventure (and yes still prompt some questions that can be hard to answer!). My daughter loved it and now wants more. If they bring out the other books in the series in this format I will certainly buy them.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Quite possibly everyone has heard of the Narnia series, and many of us were brought up on the legend of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."
This particular edition is the original story repackaged for C.S Lewis's 100th anniversary, only broken down and made easier on the eyes as well as for younger children with glossed paper and colour illustrations throughout.
The result is something delightful for anyone of any age to read, particularly when encouraging older children to read more sophisticated novels by enticing with bright illustrations.
Something to read over and over, with a little more to look at too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is arguably one of the best books ever written, for children or adults. It combines excitement, passion and poignancy with finely drawn characterisation, a breathtaking sweep of scenery, and the creation of an entirely new and plausible universe.
I enjoyed having this read to me when I was very small (though I didn't like the scary bits) and I've enjoyed reading it again, and again, and again over many years. Story, characters and scenery are painted in a very few words, but you come away with the sense that this is a very detailed book.
It continues to live powerfully in the imagination long after the last page is turned.
It's also a book that improves with age. Whether or not you see (or agree with) Lewis's underlying themes, the motion of the story at its turning point, with the death and return of Aslan, is like a tidal wave. The story takes in every kind of emotion, and is a powerful reminder of childhood -- the wonder, but also the spitefulness and bickering.
This is a 'great' book, in the sense that few books of its length are. At its publication it propelled Lewis from a role as a relatively popular amateur philosopher to celebrity status on both sides of the Atlantic. Half a century later, it is still delighting audiences young and old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2011
This was read to me when I was 8 by my form teacher in England. I still remember the readings and the anxiety and joy that gripped our little hearts as Mrs Drakeford put her heart and soul into captivating us with the tale of Aslan and the Pevensie children in Narnia.

Finding the book recently in a second hand shop I re-read it and found it to be almost as wonderful as 33 years ago (although I resented then and still do, the inclusion of Father Christmas. As we knew he didn't exist about 6 months before the story was read to us, why bung him into someone else's fantasy?)

The imagination of CS Lewis is gorgeously vivid and and he creates the world very clearly with minimal flabby padding or unnecessary waffle. While this book is not the best in the series it holds the attention and the parallels with the story of Jesus are obvious but touchingly wrought.

This series held my heart for a long time as a boy and I for years I wouldn't touch Harry Potter's books for fear that they would outshine Narnia (I've since read Philosopher's Stone and it's not as good as these novels).

A magical and glorious story for children to love.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2004
You need the unabridged versions of these books - and generally the seriesworks well.
these have seen us through several long car journeys andthe pace has been good. Sufficently exciting for you to have to wait to asuitable point to get out of the car.
All we need now is the LastBattle to complete the set.
and when you've heard the tape/CD go offand read the books.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2003
My daughter simply cannot put this book down! This abridged version is still captivating yet simple enough for a child to grasp in the main. Some questions remain unanswered but that is the beauty of the mystery. It makes her want to read the rest of the series. The illustrations are simply stunning! If your child is a bookworm like mine and loves art, this is the book for him/her!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2014
This is a beautiful book but it is an abridged version of the text which was not made clear on the website. I found this very disapointing as I was looking for the full version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
This is not a review of the book (which is 5 star!), but the conversion to Kindle Edition which is ok, but would have preferred the text to be the original British spellings, rather than American. Nice that all the original Pauline Baynes illustrations are included though. I won't be buying the remaining Kindle Editions until I'm sure they are in British text however.
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