The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe

Version: Unabridged
Author: C.S. Lewis , Michael S. York
Narrator: Michael York
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Literature, Fantasy, Classics, Fiction, Classics, Teen
Publisher: HarperFestival
Published In: October 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Don't miss one of America's top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS's The Great American Read.
Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie-step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, follow up with The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Reviews (27)

Written by Nick H. on June 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book to listen to.

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Written by Crystal N. on June 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Enjoyed it!

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Written by Michelle B on December 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book itself is a five star. The narrator was excellent.

Written by Carla C on September 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

can understand the narrator!! Slow down and pronounce you words clearly!

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Written by Cara H on August 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent narration, kids loved it. A family classic made easy for a road trip!

Written by Caroline B on July 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So beautifully written and easy to follow. My 3 year old loved Lucy! So great to sit and listen while we play or in the car!

Written by Sabra Gore on December 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Classic tale read expertly. Moving on to the next in the series.

Written by Elizabeth Gould on October 3rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book was really good and this weekend I am going to watch the movie this weekend

Written by Nichole McCausland on August 17th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A beautiful classic tale. Read to perfection by Michael York. My elementary school kids loved it on a road trip.

Written by craig specht on June 30th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book the very first time I heard it at a young age. Many years later I still love it and the whole series. The narrator is awesome!

Author Details

Author Details

McCusker, Paul

Paul McCusker is the Peabody Award?winning writer and director of the audio drama "Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom" and of the multiple award-winning audio dramatizations of "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Les Miserables", "A Christmas Carol", "Little Women, "and his original series "The Luke Reports" (just nominated for the Audie Awards' Best Audio Drama) and" The Father Gilbert Mysteries "(also nominated for the Audie Awards' best production award)".

"He is also a writer and director for the long-running children's program "Adventures in Odyssey, "writing not only over 250 audio episodes, bu

Baynes, Pauline

Pauline Baynes' work on The Chronicles of Narnia spans over 50 years. She has been both the winner and runner-up of the United Kingdom's Kate Greenaway Medal, an honor that places her in the forefront of children's illustrators.

Lewis, C.S.

CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

C. S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on November 29, 1898, to Albert J. Lewis and Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis. Throughout his life, Lewis was known to his family and friends as "Jack"—a nickname he coined for himself at the age of four after the beloved neighborhood dog Jacksie died. Lewis had one brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis (1895–1973). Lewis's mother died of cancer in 1908 when he was just nine years old.

In 1910, Lewis became a boarding student at Campbell College in Belfast, just one mile from his home, but withdrew one year later. In 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College where he remained for one year. It was there that, at age fifteen, he became an atheist, abandoning the Christian faith of his childhood. From Malvern, he went into private tutoring under William T. Kirkpatrick, "The Great Knock," who had also been his father's tutor.

Lewis went on to receive a scholarship to University College, Oxford, in 1916. Lewis took a hiatus from study after the outbreak of WWI, enlisting in the British Army in 1917. On April 15, 1918, Lewis was wounded in the Battle of Arras and was discharged a little more than a year later in December 1919.

While in the army, Lewis became close friends with his roommate Paddy Moore. Moore was killed in battle in 1918. After Lewis was discharged, he followed through with a promise to his friend to look after Moore's family. Lewis moved in with Paddy's mother, Jane Moore, and her daughter, Maureen, in 1920. The three of them eventually moved into "The Kilns," which they purchased jointly along with Lewis's older brother, Warren.

On May 20, 1925, Lewis was appointed Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University, where he served for twenty-nine years until 1954.

During his time at Oxford, Lewis went from being an atheist to being one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century; 1931 marks the year of Lewis's conversion to Christianity. He became a member of the Church of England. Lewis cites his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien, as well as the writings of the converted G. K. Chesterton, as influencing his conversion.

Also while at Oxford, Lewis was the core member of the now famous literary group "The Inklings." This group was an informal twice-weekly gathering of friends which included Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Charles Williams, Dr. Robert Havard, Owen Barfield, and Nevill Coghill, among others. The meetings took place on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday meetings were held at a handful of local pubs, including The Eagle and Child, known to locals as The Bird and Baby and The Lamb and Flag. Thursday meetings were held in Jack's rooms.

Lewis was married late in life at age fifty-eight to Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer fifteen years his junior. They married in 1956, two years after Lewis accepted the chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, where he finished out his career.

After a four-year fight with bone cancer, Joy passed away in 1960. Lewis continued to care for her two sons, Douglas and David Gresham.

C. S. Lewis died at his home "The Kilns" on November 22, 1963. His grave is in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford. Warren Lewis died on Monday, April 9, 1973. Their names are on a single stone bearing the inscription "Men must endure their going hence."