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The Chronicles of Narnia: Radio Theater Complete Set [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

C.S. Lewis , Paul McCusker
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (595 customer reviews)

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Aug. 15 2005 Focus on the Family
Award-winning cast and film-quality sound design and music mark this amazing audio drama series based on the best-selling The Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis. Starring David Suchet as Aslan the Great Lion and Paul Scofield as the Storyteller, all seven of The Chronicles of Narnia are presented in 19 audio cds or cassettes--over 23 hours. Be transported to a world that will inspire your imagination. Beautifully packaged in a durable box for easy traveling, collecting, and gift giving.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Narnia is the land of enchantment, glory, nobility--home to the magnificent Aslan, cruel Jadis (the White Queen), heroic Reepicheep, and kind Mr. Tumnus. All the magic of C.S. Lewis's Narnia, bewitching readers for almost 50 years, is captured for the first time in this splendid deluxe edition, including The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle, with fabulous illustrations hand-colored by the original Narnia artist Pauline Baynes and an insightful introduction by Narnia authority Brian Sibley.

Lewis's work has cast a spell over countless readers over the years, so that once we pick up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we don't want to stop until we've read the whole series. The Complete Chronicles makes it even easier to keep reading! The seven beloved stories have been arranged in the chronological order in which Lewis intended them to be read. Begin at the beginning, as Digory and Polly are tricked into a strange other world, which becomes, even as they watch, the great Narnia. Return again and again with four other children--Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy--who are to play such a vital role in Narnia's history. Finally, enter the whimsical land one last time to witness the end of Time, and the beginning of something new: "world within world, Narnia within Narnia." This gorgeous volume is absolutely a must-have for current and future Narnia lovers. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades.' The Times "Forget Simba. There's a new lion in the Magic Kingdom... Long before J.K. Rowling dreamed up Harry Potter, Lewis was busy with his seven book series." E! Online "Like the 'Rings' cycle... the seven Narnia books have a long and loyal following." The Herald (U.K.) "Narnia offers huge scope for a profitable film franchise... fantasy is currently the toast of Hollywood." The Guardian (U.K.) "...a big, live action movie franchise to help spark new merchandising lines and theme-park attractions." Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time... Dec 19 2005
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
C.S. Lewis was many things - a popular theologian (almost a contradiction in terms today), an engaging academic (see above qualification, as it applies here, too), and an expert storyteller, the craft of which came from his careful blending and imaginative use of the previous two. The Chronicles of Narnia stand up favourable to the work of Lewis' longtime friend and contemporary academic and storyteller, Tolkien (of Lord of the Rings fame). Narnia, however, does not go off into the same fantastic realms of Tolkien, but rather charts a different path, in that while Tolkien strives to use fantasy and mythic elements to tell more general philosophy, Lewis in the Narnia tales deliberately crafts the imagery to fit a Christian framework, and a fairly Anglo-catholic one at that.
Narnia is series of adventures for children, but like the best of such stories, continues to hold power for adults who read them as well. Resurgence in popularity of late has occurred because of the film, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', second in the series (depending upon which chronology one follows), but the whole series is a charmer. In 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', the story focuses upon Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, four exiles from war-time London in the English countryside who discover the portal to Narnia in the back of a mysterious wardrobe. The king of Narnia, Aslan the lion (whose imagery fits both Christian and English mythic lore) is battling the icy witch, who styles herself as Queen of Narnia. Through a classic struggle of good and evil in epic battle format, the pure-hearted children and the graceful king Aslan win the day, but eventually the children must return to their own world, even after such adventures.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER IS FOR ADULTS!!! July 14 2004
Format:Paperback
If you are new to this series, especially if you are going to read it to a child, DO NOT READ THEM IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER! A child will lose interest after a few chapters. Few great stories are told strictly in chronological order and the hook for Narnia is "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe".
Many of these other reviews done by people saying that they like reading these books in chronological order are adults who fell in love with the series years ago, and now see this new order as making better grown-up sense. Reading it this way for the first time will leave you with many details that shouldn't be discovered until after reading the first few books in the original order, and won't keep a child interested the way I and so many others were as kids.
So please, if you are an adult familiar and returning to this series, feel free to read it in any order you choose, (I certainly do) but if this is your first time, read it in the order below...cheers
1) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 2) Prince Caspian, 3)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 4) The Silver Chair, 5) The Horse and His Boy, 6) The Magician's Nephew, and 7) The Last Battle
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Reading, But Sadly Altered Feb. 18 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There is a modern misconception concerning C.S. Lewis's great children's series, 'The Chronicles of Narnia.' Due to changes during reprinting, the orginal order of his seven-part series was disrupted to conform to the overall story-line. When the books were written, Mr. Lewis began his series with the classic Christian allegory, 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.' He then went on to write the remaining novels in a non-traditional, non-chronological order: part two of the 'Chronicles' was 'Prince Caspian'. Next came, 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader', 'The Silver Chair', 'The Horse and His Boy', 'The Magician's Nephew', and finally, 'The Last Battle.' Lewis released his novels in this order for a reason and I urge every reader to follow the original, proper sequence. It transforms a mere fantasy series into some of the single best children's novels in print. The symbolism of Christian allegory and the honest and noble morals that rest among the pages will stay with you and your children for years to come. May Aslan be with you and your family as you take the delightful trip into the fantastic and amasing land of Narnia!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Carla
Format:Audio CD
I loved the Narnia series as a child and bought this for my children (ages 5 and 9) as an introduction, hoping they would eventually want to read the books, and wanting to keep them occupied on a long car trip. We were hooked from the beginning! We ended up carrying the CD's from the car to the house and back again - unable to "put them down." The actors did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and the narration filled in the gaps perfectly. I was worried when I purchased this set that time considerations would force the producers to leave bits of the book out - not so! I would recommend this audio series for anyone - whether they be a Chronicles of Naria fan or not - though some of it may be a little scary for very young children. A radio production is so much more enjoyable to listen to than a book being read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into Narnia Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In the first half of the twentieth century, two drinking buddies wrote vastly different fantasy series -- one was the classic "Lord of the Rings," and the other was the "Narnia" series. A close pal of J.R.R. Tolkien's and a fellow "Inkling," C.S. Lewis was one of the first widely-read fantasy writers, and his books are still widely read and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

"The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" opens as four children (Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter) are being shipped to the English countryside at the beginning of World War II. While exploring the vast house where they are staying, Lucy accidently ventures into a winter-locked world called Narnia, which is ruled over by the evil White Witch. The king Aslan is about to return -- but the Witch quickly gets a hold on Edmund's soul.

"Prince Caspian" takes place long after the events of "Lion" (though in our world, only a short time has passed). Young Prince Caspian escapes his uncle's castle when his life is threatened, and he finds refuge with the hidden races of Narnia -- dwarves, talking animals, dryads, centaurs and many others. And to help Caspian regain the throne, the two kings and two queens of Narnia are called back...

"Voyage of the Dawn Treader" begins when Edmund, Lucy and their obnoxious cousin Eustace are sucked through a painting into Narnia, where their pal Caspian is now king of Narnia (and an adult to boot). Caspian is heading toward the end of the world to find several knights who were banished, and vanished into the perilous islands along the sea.

"The Silver Chair" heads into slightly darker territory when Eustace returns to boarding school. He and outcast girl Jill Pole are drawn into Narnia, where Jill must perform a task to redeem herself for a stupid act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
My daughter and I read these books together. It has fostered her love of reading and it's just a timeless novel.
Published 4 months ago by coretta_white68@yahoo.ca
2.0 out of 5 stars Too small for young readers
Too small for young readers and the illustrations (few) are not so appealing to them, either. I suppose this was meant for more mature readers.
Published 6 months ago by momof2boys
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books!
Box was a little banged up, but the books were in perfect condition, they appear to never been opened. I look forward to reading them.
Published 8 months ago by Brian Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great writing style, wonderful sense of humour, amazing, deep content. Suits all ages. All novels in one book make it very convenient!
Published 9 months ago by Olga C
5.0 out of 5 stars An extra set of these extrardinary books !
Oops,I ordered an extra set,my mistake !But I will use it as a Christmas gift !Far bettr than any toy !!
Published 10 months ago by S. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series to read bit distorted
Not bad my favourite so far would be book 1 the magicians nephew and I'm on book 3 a boy and his horse witch I sent bad but not my fav don't have lots of time to read right now. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LauraLebel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books
We really enjoyed reading each of these books each with its own interesting story line. The box set was a great value for us.
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This is a classic, well loved set for our family and we have chosen to give it as a gift!
Published 21 months ago by Roxane Bozak
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to read for both adults and kids
I bought the full colour limited addition as I had decided to read the set to my 5 year old. I love the books and the story - I'm not yet sure that the extra was worth it as there... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic - !!!!
A must have for all children or children's literature fans... Lewis' classic tales are timeless and a treat for all ages. The box set is a fabulous gift.
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