• The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Hordern
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Sir Michael Hordern
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Publisher's Summary

"It's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing! Come and see," begged Lucy.

Lucy has stumbled upon a marvellous land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals. But soon she discovers that it is ruled by the cruel White Witch, and can only be freed by Aslan, the great Lion, and four children.

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost, all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So let the adventures begin.

This was the first book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the second book in the series, preceded by The Magician's Nephew.

©1950, 1978 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2005 HarperCollins UK

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Abridged reading

After listening to 2 different samples we settled on this one. The recording sound was not of the usually high standard. The sound effects while lovely were so loud that it was hard to hear the narrator.
Listeners must be aware this in an abridged reading...
Am usually so impressed by Audible.. ..this one sadly left us feeling short changed.
with the dollar rand exchange it was an expensive bad choice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-07

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This is a good version to introduce children to the Chronicles of Narnia. It is short enough to interest the younger children without missing out much of the story. I have really enjoyed revisiting the stories.

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  • Badger North
  • 11-09-20

Beautiful and nostalgic

If you didn’t grow up with this audio version of the book, then I guess it’s impossible to understand the cosy, enchanted feeling it elicits. The music is haunting and magical, the storytelling performance is gripping and compelling. I’m so glad I’ve found this and can welcome it back into my life. Perfect for a winter’s evening listening

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  • Lydia Harrison
  • 04-25-20

Music off putting

At times the music was louder than the speaking so I missed huge sections of the book

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-23-17

Lovely

This is now my favourite version of this book :) Michael Hordon's narration makes this old favourite even more delightful.

I was wary of purchasing this because of the comments about the music, but while I can see how some might find it jarring I felt it added to the atmosphere rather than detracted.

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  • amags
  • 07-20-17

Horribke Music

Pity the music was so intrusive as it ruined a lovely reading by Michael Horden.

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  • kat
  • 02-15-22

slow down

great book but it is read very fast and the background music is very loud. should have a way to quieten the background music.

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  • kim smith
  • 01-26-21

Great listening

very good version of a childhood favorite really enjoyed it a lot and look forward to more of the narnia series of audible books

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  • Louise
  • 01-17-21

wonderful story marvellously told

Sir Michael's narration of this story is as matchless as the story itself.
It is of course a little dated, and some explanation eg of deformity and ugliness may require explanation to younger listeners.

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  • Fiona Pilling
  • 04-01-19

Perfect for children

I loved this story as a child to listen to on long car journeys, or to help me fall asleep with adventurous dreams.. Having come back it as a young adult for a bit of nostalgia I find I just as enthralling and well executed as ever.

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  • kate
  • 04-23-17

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

This book is good because it has an intricate and difficult to predict storyline which makes it a good story

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  • Madeleine March-Anthony
  • 05-22-19

Warning: abridged version.

Very disappointed to discover that this is an abridged version of the novel, after I have wasted my one credit for this month purchasing the audiobook. There was no indication in the description that the audiobook would be abridged. I see now that the image does say ‘abridged’ at the bottom, but it is so blurry that I didn’t notice it. Very frustrating.

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  • Pip
  • 07-18-18

Giggling

Ffggth kng j find out what time I will come to the school and then I’ll let her out when

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  • 11-16-22

How do they skip sooo many pages

When i was reading it, it was sckiping way to many pages for me to catch up with so make sure to read with out the audio book for some bits. It was really interesting but Michael was saying the wrong word with some sentences, and it in 2 chapters when there is 18 chapters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-22

Not enough chapters

I really enjoyed the book but I don't understand why the audio book only has 2 chapters but the actual book has 17 chapters. honestly this is one of the best books that I have ever read/listened to. I am a big Harry Potter fan and have read all of the books and that big battle at the end was extremely similar to the battle of Hogwarts wich makes me wonder if C.S. Lewis got inspiration from that. Overall I loved the experience of listening to this book and am actually writing this review after my 4th time listening to the book and I only got it yesterday!

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  • Maryann Ashton
  • 02-15-21

So disappointed

Sir Michael Hordern, Oh wonderful. He is!
The thing that spoils this recording is that dreadful music. I didn’t mind as an introduction but PLEASE NOT when I want to listen to a story! I certainly would not give it to a child to listen too. I am very disappointed in this recording.

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  • Nick Moodie
  • 12-14-18

I wanted to enjoy it more, as I enjoyed the film.

The story itself was very basic, explaining everything as it went. CS.Lewis sacrificed so many opportunities for amazing story telling for explaining the deep meaning or affect a character has on the storyline.

The music in the background is also very frustrating, and makes listening to this tedious. it also occasionally becomes louder than Sir Michael Hordern, and so missed parts of what he said.

Unfortunately, the film is superior to the book in this case.

(This is also the same for the rest of the books in the series)