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  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Written by: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (202 ratings)

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The Magician's Nephew

Written by: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
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Publisher's Summary

Narnia...where the woods are thick and cool, where the Talking Beasts are called to life, a new world where the adventure begins.

Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

This was the sixth book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the first book in the series.

©1955, 1983 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the critics say

"Lewis's storytelling is magnificent, and Branagh's performance completely and utterly engaging." (AudioFile)

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love Narnia

Loved it as I have all the Narnia books. I'm not sure how I missed this one before.

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Excellent performance of a well-loved classic!

My mother read a copy of this book, that she had gotten from her grandmother, to my brother and I when we were small. It was so nice to have it read to me again, and made housework much more enjoyable.

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Wasn't thrilled with the narration

Good story but this one wasn't for me. I found it difficult to sit through the narration.

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Exceptional

This book kept me wanting more and the voices were great! absolutely reccomend this book.

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Fantastic story, fantastic narrator

I have read this story many times on my own and already loved it. The narrator really brought it to life.

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Loved every minute of it!

This is such a good book! Well written and performed. I can't wait to continue the series!!!

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One of the best stories ever conceived

I watched the Narnia movies when I was a kid and many times since then. I've always loved these stories. All the magic and adventure is quite riveting, and the symbolism and allegory make them thought provoking as well. I kept meaning to read these books for myself but never found the time. Listening to it with Audible let me make the time for it.

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It was a very good story.I like this store the athr is very good and the other CS LEWIS

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Wonderful Story. Fantastic narration

Loved the narration. He did voices for the characters. My kids loved it on a long car ride.

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A confusing start to an essential series

The Narrator, Kenneth Branagh, brings to life every character that crowns this glorious novel. Littered with Christian imagery it is hard not to miss some of the intentions of Lewis, writing this series as a way of introducing children more subtly into the innocent magic of the religion. For individuals first approaching this classic series, I do not recommend this to be the 'first of the series' as there are heavy allusions to events that take place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as well as The Horse and His Boy. Simultaneously, there is a sort of magic that takes place in this novel that doesn't reappear until later in the series. But for those curious about some of the pretext to the Wardrobe and how the White Witch Janis came to Narnia after reading LWW, this is undoubtedly an essential addition to one of the first series I have ever read.

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  • Jason
  • 2005-05-14

An incredible children's series

Our family had such a good time listening to Robert Stanek's "The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches" we recently started "The Chronicles of Narnia." We've read all these authors' works in novels but this is our first time listening to the audio books.

We had a bit of trouble finding the books on Audible. When we click C.S. Lewis we mostly found his christain writing works, like the "Screwtape Letters." The only way we could find "The Chronicles of Narnia" books was to click the link provided in the descriptive text of the books.

"The Magician's Nephew: is the sixth narnia book published, but the first in time order, so you should listen to this one first.

The best listening order is:

The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Last Battle

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the novel they are basing the new Chronicles of Narnia movie on. Happy listening!

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  • Sean Calvert
  • 2005-06-02

Enchanting

Like the remainder of the books in the Narnia series this one is quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, each of the audiobooks in the series has been done by a different reader. This breaks up the continuum a little, but Kenneth Brannaugh does a spectacular job with this story.

As it is thematically the first book and in my opinion the best read this book makes a fine introduction to the Narnia series.

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  • Denise
  • 2007-03-20

How it all started

How did the lamp get into Narnia? Who is the White Witch and how did she come to Rule Narnia? How did Narnia come to be? Why was the Wardrobe special? All these are answered in this first book of the Chronicles of Narnia. My son and I enjoyed it just as much as The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe. The Magician's Nephew will almost stand up on its own, except for a few references made by C.S. Lewis to LWW. If you only read books 1 & 2, it would still be a complete experience. Though, I recommend reading LWW first, then MN. It feels better that way, but that is only MY opinion.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2014-02-28

Maybe my favorite in the series...

When I first read these Chronicles I remember praying God would send me to Narnia. When I read or listen to Lewis I imagine I'm sitting by a fire with a dear uncle.

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  • Maria
  • 2007-07-12

Reading Order

I must disagree with the previous reviewers who stated the order according to which the books should be read. Although it is the chronological order, it is not the order the author intended the books to be read. And, in fact, reading The Magician's Nephew first spoils much of the reading.
The proper order to reading the books should be:

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
7 - The Last Battle

Great books and narrations.
Thank you Audible!

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  • Shelby
  • 2012-08-21

Excellent reader

Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician's Nephew to be better than the print version?

Yes!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician's Nephew?

Aslan's creation of Narnia

What does Kenneth Branagh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His reading style is fast-paced and seems to make listening to the book an adventure. He is the best reader i have heard so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wanted to but didn't. 3 sittings.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book.

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  • Alexis
  • 2005-11-21

A magical experience

What a wonderful story and Kenneth Branaugh is exceptional in his telling of this story. At moments I forgot I was listening to a single story-teller and instead heard a cast of characters, each with their own accents. I only wish Mr. Branaugh was reading the rest of the series!

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  • Lynne
  • 2007-02-07

My favorite of the series

The idea of visiting world by jumping into ponds, climbing between connected buildings through the rafters, the mad uncle and evil queen have stayed in my dreams since childhood and provoked many hours of thought.

A great book for young adult or old. Timeless and one of my all-time favorites.

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  • Bethanycpa
  • 2012-02-11

Great storytelling

Kenneth Branagh did a great job with C.S Lewis' classic tale. A wonderful story made better by the actor's superb storytelling.

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  • Dean
  • 2010-03-19

The back story to Wardrobe.

A short story by todays books by the pound standards...also one many people forget. There is a back story to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it has a decidedly different tone. The books are all worth the read, and re-read. This one offers a short afternoon in another world.

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