The Magician's Nephew CD

Version: Unabridged
Author: C.S. Lewis
Narrator: Kenneth Branagh
Genres: Juvenile & Children's, Fiction & Literature, Literature, Classics, Fiction, Classics, Teen
Publisher: HarperFestival
Published In: November 2001
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Fully dramatized and produced with cinema quality digital sound design and music, each title in this award winning series is now available in travel-friendly size. Hosted by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, these timeless classics from C.S. Lewis have mesmerized millions around the world. Upon entering an enchanted world called Narnia, four ordinary children learn extraordinary lessons in courage, self-sacrifice, friendship and honor. Brought to life in London by a cast of over one hundred actors including award-winners Paul Scofield, David Suchet and Ron Moody, these seven audio dramas provide over 22 hours of exhilarating listening entertainment.

Reviews (4)

My Favorite

Written by Anonymous on March 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Along with being my favorite of the Narnia books, this is my favorite Narnia audiobook as well. Kenneth Branagh does a fantastic job acting out the parts. He has a wide range of accents and voices, lending additional humor to an already humorous book. And as always, C.S. Lewis writes with amazing capacity for translating major ideas into a language children can understand and enjoy. The marvel of witnessing the creation of Narnia is one of the most beautiful moments in the entire series.

magician's nephew

Written by Keith Hazard on June 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Only 3 stars because you need to read this book. I did, and listening to it afterwards is worth 5 stars for the audio, but please read it first. CS Lewis is always worth careful hands-on reading and pondering. Even his myths need time to stop and think!

East Listen and enjoyable

Written by Dan Pressley from Fort Worth, TX on February 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was enjoyable to listen to the history of Narnia. I saw the movie but had never read any of the books. To be able to tie in book 1 with why things are in the movie was great.

Magician's Nephew

Written by Anonymous on April 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I'm 26 and I loved this book. For the most part it is read well however at times the narrator can be hard to listen to. The voices are done well though.

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

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."