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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Patrick Stewar Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Narnia Release Date:
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It's the end of the world as the people of Narnia know it in The Last Battle.

A lion's skin washes up on the shores of a river, and an ape named Shift decides to put it to good use. Enlisting the help of a well-meaning but simple-minded donkey named Puzzle, Shift constructs a costume out of the skin, and begins parading his hooved friend around as none other than Aslan, the Prince from beyond the Sea. In the name of Aslan, Shift begins to command that horrible things be done. He has talking trees cut down and used for lumber. Sentient animals are used as little more than slave labor. And huge quantities of money are deposited into the clever ape's purse under the guise of 'Aslan's treasury.' King Tirian and his unicorn friend Jewel have heard the reports of the return of Aslan, and decide to go see this great wonder for themselves. They arrive at the place where Shift has set up court to discover horrible lies are being spread by the ape and his crew, not the least of which is that Aslan is one and the same with the cruel god Tash. When he attempts to expose the lie, he is overpowered and bound to a tree, where he calls on Aslan for help.

Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole are no strangers to adventuring in Narnia. Eustace once sailed to the end of the world, and together the two of them rescued the son of a Narnian King from an evil enchantress. When they are sent to Narnia by Aslan, they immediately free King Tirian, Jewel, and Puzzle from the bondage placed upon them by the evil Shift. But the battle is far from over, as more and more Narnians are being taken in by the ape's foul hoax.

The lines are drawn, and a battle begins; a battle which will be the last one Narnia ever sees.

Clive Staples Lewis, Born in England, was an author, professor, theologian, and Christian apologist. As a professor, Lewis regularly interacted with fellow authors J.R.R. Tolkien and Louis Carroll. Along with his many theological works, Lewis wrote ten children's books - the seven novels which comprise the Chronicles of Narnia, and his Space trilogy.

One last battle against evil, one final journey to the magical land of Narnia.

Narnia ... where the last king makes a stand and sad farewells turn to joy ... where the Adventure begins again.

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need -- and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The magic of C. S. Lewis’ parallel universe never fades.”

    Times (London)

  • “With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel, and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand fast against the powers of evil and darkness and fight the last battle to decide the future of this once glorious kingdom.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Lewis’ not-so-hidden message rings loud and clear as characters from the six previous books about Narnia gather together in Paradise after victory in the greatest conflagration imaginable. In this rendering of the classic, who could argue the vocal prowess of famed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart, a.k.a. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of television’s Star Trek. Making audio chills run up and down the listener's spine, Stewart brings The Last Battle to life as he shifts seamlessly from one character to another. Whether assuming the supreme majesty of the beloved Lion Aslan or the quiet voices of the tiniest of animals, Stewart is truly the right reader for this timeless tale.”


  • Winner of the 2005 Audie Award for Inspirational/Spiritual Fiction
  • Winner of the 1956 Carnegie Medal for Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maggie | 2/13/2014

    " What a great ending to the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan Wohler | 2/9/2014

    " My least favorite of the Chronicles. Not a good finish, in my opinion. And a slow read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Ladwig | 1/31/2014

    " Last of the Narnia series and well worth reading. Glimpses into Lewis' view of heaven, excellent way to end the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan Katz | 1/26/2014

    " The allegorical component, not my favorite part of any of the Narnia books, is really heavy-handed and overblown at the end of this one. "

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