• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,764 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Narnia...where anything can happen (and most often does), and where the adventure begins.  

The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his first voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Caspian to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in C. S. Lewis' classic fantasy series, a series that has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over 60 years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to continue to the journey, listen to The Silver Chair, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia. 

Don't miss any of the books in C.S. Lewis' classic Chronicles of Narnia series.
©1952, 1980 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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Reepicheep is not a cartoon mouse!

I was not a fan of this narrator because of Reepicheep. I didn't really care for him otherwise, but his voice for Reepicheep was very distracting. I know his voice is supposed to be shrill, but this was too much like the mice in the Three Blind Mouseketeers. It must be challenging to make a mouse voice that sounds dignified, but I believe it could have been done much better. The narrator in the last book did a better job.

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A classic well-done.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader picks up presumably not long after thhe four Pevensies returned from Narnia at the end of Prince Caspian. While Peter goes to study with the famous Professor Kirk and Susan visits America with their parents, Edmund and Lucy are enduring an unpleasant stay with their disagreeable cousin Eustace Scrubb. Things get complicated whent he three children are suddenly sucked into a painting of a ship sailing one of the seven seas. They find themselves aboard the Dawn Treader, King Caspian's personal ship. Caspian reveals that he is on a quest to find sevenn Narnian lords banished during the reign of his tyranical uncle Miraz and return them to Narnia. While Edmund and Lucy are overjoyed to be back in Narnia, the pampered Eustace wants nothing more than to go back home. Will the crew of the Dawn Treader be able to complete their quest? And will Eustace drive them all crazy?
This was an excellent production. Derek Jacobi does a good job of bringing the various characters to life. About my only complaint? is his portrayal of Reepicheep, but since he's a talking mouse... Needless to say I couldn't put this one down.

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Masterful narration of a beloved classic

Derek Jacobi is one of the greatest actors of our time. His narration of this classic tale is absolutely brilliant. He brings this beautiful story to life like no other could.

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Best narration EVER

Would you listen to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader again? Why?

I will listen to this book over and over and over for 2 main reasons: the first is the story. The Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite series, and no matter how many times I've read them they still speak to me. I love the allegory and find that they increase my faith in a new way each time. The second is DEREK JACOBI! How many times is it possible to listen to a Shakespearean actor read your FAVORITE novel? Can he please read more?

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

I taught English IV for years, and have nearly all of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet memorized from teaching it to so many students over the years. So listening to King Caudius' voice read The Voyage of the Dawntreader was really special.

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Favorite Narnia book

This was my favorite book out of all 7. I liked the shorter stories that went along with each adventure. I also liked how Eustace changes as the book goes on. The imagery Lewis creates is amazing, espcially toward the end.

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Lovely Read of a Childhood Favorite

This is the tale of the very best place in Narnia. I still remember reading the final few chapters of this book as a teenager and feeling that Lewis had taken me to the most beautiful place in the world, a place I still like to visit from time to time and one that always gives me the same blissful feeling. Like all the Narnia books it is a silly tale if you think too much about it, so don't. Just listen and enjoy. Derek Perkins offers a splendid performance.

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  • HB
  • 09-03-17

Great book!

A great book for everyone! 🐕🐶 Great for road trips and long car rides. Great book.

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shrill mouse voice

This is a good one, except for the voice of Reepicheep, which becomes painful at points. Too bad since he is such a central character!

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unforgettable voyage

Join Reepicheep and the Children of Narnia on their adventures sailing to the utter east.

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Fantastic!

this is a very awesome book, this is probably my favorite one even though I love all the books in the series. love the adventure and all the islands they went to. the narrator did a good job. I didn't want it to end.

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  • Mike
  • 10-28-17

Great buy!!

Derek Jacobi reads this story brilliantly. I love it each tome I listen. Highly recommend this