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5.0 out of 5 stars The best audiobook of all time..., 6 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Abridged Audio CD Set) [AUDIOBOOK] (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 24 Sep 2012 20:02:48 BDT
And after reading your comments, I just have to get myself a copy. I too loved these tapes when I was little, and was heartbroken when they became entangled in the tape player.
It's probably been 25 years since I last heard them. I'm hoping they've lost none of their magic
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