The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 22 minutes|
|Author||C. S. Lewis|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 August 2005|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 356 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Children's Books on Christmas
1 in Audiobooks on Christmas for Children
2 in Action & Adventure for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
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My previous experience with this story was the film, and I was surprised to see the filmmakers stuck as closely to the source material as they could. Apart from adding action sequences, it followed the same path and read it. I found I was hearing the actors' voices delivering the dialogue.
C.S. Lewis seems to be a bit of a catalyst these days, particularly when it comes to the biblical ideology, but I didn't find it overpowering. The God/Creator figure appears across various mythologies and stories from the dawn of time. It strikes me as odd that this particular story faces such a backlash.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was an excellent way to spend a couple of nights. It's a fast read and highly entertaining.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,, has all the elements of a good fantasy story. A secret entrance to a magical land, an all powerful evil villain, the need to save the world, almost no hope of doing so, a few moral lessons along the way and returning home just in time for tea, after defeating evil, against all the odds.
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First published in 1950, this is one of the most classic portal fantasies ever written. Four children are sent from London to an old house in the country during the evacuations of World War II. Through a magic wardrobe, they enter the fantasy land of Narnia, which is a jumbled mixture of Greek mythology, Bible stories, and Arthurian romances, with a bit of Medieval Bestiaries thrown in and also a nod to George Macdonald. The White Witch has made herself Queen of Narnia, and put it under the spell of an ever-constant winter. With the arrival of the children and the lion Aslan, an old prophecy is met, spring comes to Narnia, and there is a major clash between the good and evil Narnians on who gets to dominate Narnia.
It is good writing to read aloud, and I can see why decades of schoolteachers have done so to their classes, including my own Year 3 teacher when I was a child. It's also a good silent read for children on the 8+years level. I had to explain the Adam and Eve story to my daughter, but otherwise the child doesn't need to already know the rich layers of references within it, which fed my own subsequent reading for years and years when I was a child - I wanted to know more about all the creatures C.S. Lewis had referred to! (Though I never did find out who the People of the Toadstools were.....)
Re-reading it again as an adult, what struck me was the influence of World War II. I have no idea how much C.S. Lewis followed the events of the war from his academic enclave, or how aware he was of the atrocities in Europe. But certain bits of the imagery - the wolf who was Chief of the Secret Police and visited victims in the night to trash their homes; the White Witch casually pointing her wand at a happy little family party at the side of the road and turning them to stone, in spite of Edmund's pleas - felt connected to it. And unlike the stone spells, deaths caused by gunfire can not be reversed.
My daughter hasn't got that far in her history lessons yet.
This novel is by far the most popular in The Narnia Series, and it’s easy to see why. Published in 1950, it offers complete escapism for the reader; Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz and are sent to a big house in the countryside. This is one location in the novel and the other, of course, is the magical world of Narnia.
Much of this story is etched into my memory from reading the books and watching the films but I did find one discover a part of the story (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler) I’ve never really paid attention to before. It’s a conversation between Peter, Lucy, and Professor Digory Kirke, which goes like this:
“But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had had no time to have gone anywhere, even if there was such a place. She came running after us the very moment we were out of the room. It was less than a minute, and she pretended to be away for hours.”
“That is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be true,” said the Professor. “If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world (and I should warn you that this is a very strange house, and even I know very little about it) – if, I say, she had got into another world, I should not be at all surprised to find that the other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stayed there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand, I don’t think many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story.”
I loved this part because you have two children worried about their little sisters sanity, only for a well respected Professor (and adult) to basically say, “Why not? Keep your minds open to other possibilities.” A great lesson for anyone reading this novel!
The writing style is very simple and easy to read which is such a difficult thing to achieve. I also really liked the little drawings scattered throughout the book. Overall, a brilliant story by C.S Lewis, and one which I feel has more than enough depth for adults and children to enjoy.
This is the first published novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series, but is actually volume 2, set after the events of the Magician’s Nephew. It is fine to read as a standalone novel, but the author does recommend reading all the books in order. And this is a nice thing to do as it explains a little bit more about some of the items in Narnia, such as as why the lamppost is there when Lucy first enters Narnia.
At this point, you may be forgiven for thinking that apart from a little snow, how does this fit into Christmas? Christmas nostalgia and snow aside, this book is a Christmas book and I’m stamping my feet until you agree! The first reason is all of the magic; talking animals, stopping for tea, an adventure in a magical world only accessible through a wardrobe filled full of fur coats. There’s a sleigh with bells, Turkish delight. Still not convinced? Well Father Christmas makes a special appearance and hands out presents. My work here is done, this is a Christmas book.
The novel has a lot of religious imagery and parallels with the crucifixion of Christ. Even if you are not religious in any way, it is a wonderful children’s adventure. Tea, Cake and adventures in a magical world. I can entirely see how this found its place at number #9 on the BBC Big Read. It is certainly well deserved.