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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 (533 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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67 of 72 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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8 of 8 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 100 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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26 of 28 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By oh_pete
Format:Paperback
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA were the most wonderful and important books I read as a child. I am still upset by this set HarperCollins has published in the last few years that has re-ordered the seven volumes chronologically based on the historical line in the novels. This is apparently according to Lewis's wishes, if so, Lewis was wrong! The best part of the series was reading "The Magician's Nephew" sixth and discovering with a beautiful and never-replicated surprise about all the things that happened before "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe." (See several reviews below that already say this better.) By all means buy these books for your children, godchildren, nieces and nephews, but PLEASE, specify that the FIRST time they read them that they read them in the original order: LWW, PC, VDT, SC, HHB, MN, LB. They will reread them for the rest of their lives, in every possible order, but something great and beautiful and unsurpassed will be stolen from them if they read The Magician's Nephew first.
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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 26 days ago by momof2boys
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 4 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 5 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 6 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.
Published 15 months ago by murasaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles box set review
This is a classic, well loved set for our family and we have chosen to give it as a gift!
Published 16 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
Published on March 12 2012 by Trish D
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.
Published on Nov. 15 2011 by Mark Oulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
Quite pleased with Amazon, delivered to my door is less than a week, better than most services, thanks so much!
Published on Nov. 15 2011 by Ranman67
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice package of a classic story
The package is very nice, comprising of the paperback book and the 7 stories on CD.

The book is about the size of a large hardback, the print more than easy enough to... Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2011 by Guy Rogers
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