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The sound quality both for the spoken word and the music is excellent. The gift set I bought was imported from ...
on 16 April 2016
These are the recordings I used to listen to as a child on tape, so they will always have a special place for me, but I shall try to be as unbiased as possible!
Michael Hordern has a tremendous resonant voice perfectly suited to this sort of narration. He reads them in a way that would appeal to a child, but does not seem childish to an adult. They are abridged, but it does not seem excessive and although Narnia fans may well spot the sections missing, I struggled to recall anything from the books which was not in the recording. The other point to mention is the accompanying music - I realise it won't be to everyone's taste, but it never strikes me as overbearing or diverting from the story - in fact it adds to it in a way that the words alone (great as they are) cannot. The sound quality both for the spoken word and the music is excellent.
The gift set I bought was imported from the US (as it seems very hard to get hold of in the UK). I'm unsure how similar the packaging is to the UK version. It was quite reasonable and practical, although somewhat bulky - there are quite a few discs, but other spoken word CD collections I've seen are much more compact - this is effectively a mini-ring binder for CDs; I don't think it would be a problem for most people (since they're likely to transfer them to an electronic format) but it might be less helpful if you're going to listen to them on CD in a car.