The Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre 1-2 (The Magician's Nephew & The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe)

Version: Abridged
Author: C.S. Lewis
Narrator: A Full Cast
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality, Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Radio Theatre, Drama, Fantasy, Christianity
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Published In: May 2003
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

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. Be transported to a world that will inspire your imagination.

The Magician's Nephew
Digory and Polly discover a secret passage that links their houses, and are tricked into vanishing out of this world and into the World of Charn, where they wake up the evil Queen Jadis. There, they witness the creation of the Land of Narnia, as it is sung into being by the Great Lion, Aslan.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find their way through an old wardrobe into the world of Narnia. There, they unite with Aslan to fight the White Witch and save Narnia from perpetual Darkness.

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Purchasing this title will get you the complete set of the Chronicles of Narnia:

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
The Last Battle

Reviews (9)

Wonderfully entertaining!

Written by Jenny O from Alhambra, CA on February 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

i love the Narnia books, and really enjoyed the Radio Theatre version of these two books. The only element that i didn't care for was the voice of Aslan. I, personally, liked the voice that they used in the movies. a loud booming voice, like the voice of God... but yet on the CD he sounds like he's trying to enunciate ever syllable clearly and slowly. not really what i expected and i find Aslan a little annoying, but the rest of the cast is amazing.

great listening

Written by Anonymous from New Haven, CT on July 23rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

We liked it (mom + 6yo and 4yo boys). It was very pleasant to listen to it in a car, although we have read the kid's (very abridged) version of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is quite expressive on sound effects, so it was a little too much for the 4 yo.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Written by TR on June 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was wonderful, my only problem was the voice of the Lion. It seemed sinister to me. I would recommmed this book.

Yay!

Written by Cari Berggren on June 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love the ones that are dramatized. This one was a lot of fun and it reminded me of when i first read the books in the 6th grade. This story never gets old

Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre 1-2 (The Magician's Nephew & The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe)

Written by Anonymous on June 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was the first radio theater collection that I have listened to and will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid character narration, but also the background sounds, noises and effects. For an alternative version to the great tale of the Chronicles of Narnia or just for a new perspective, I strongly suggest this collection.

Chronicles of Narnia

Written by C Lord on April 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I would highly recommend this rendention of the Chronicles of Naria. The presentation is the same as listening to a movie,having been a radio presentation makes a difference in the quality. I would be excellent for children.

The Magician's Nephew

Written by Anna on June 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book is absolutely the best to read - especially with your children on long rides in the car. They get so into it. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by the same author is coming out in December of 2005. This is a GREAT prerequisit to listen to - it really explains how Narnia came into exisitence. Loved it.

The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Written by Anonymous from Breese, IL on February 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely wonderful books. I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as a child and enjoyed listening to it. The Magician's nephew was very well written and includes how Narnia began. Very imaginative!

Chronicles of Narnia Radio Theatre 1 - 2

Written by Anonymous on August 25th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was worried when I saw that this version is abriged, but it is really wonderful. I didn't miss anything! There are background noises and all charaters are played by different actors, it is just so much fun to listen to! We were a little disappointed in Aslan's voice, but that was the only disappointment. This is a great reproduction of this classic tale!

Author Details

Author Details

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."