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3.84622222222222 out of 53.84622222222222 out of 53.84622222222222 out of 53.84622222222222 out of 53.84622222222222 out of 5 3.85 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Patrick Stewart Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Narnia Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060854485
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 Julia | 12/9/2016

    " A great ending to an awesome series I've loved since I was a kid, it has new meaning now that I'm am adult and can understand it fully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mateusz GieÅ‚czyÅ„ski | 12/29/2013

    " There is something mystical in this part which I enjoyed a lot. I like the fact that the final events are inspired by the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlian | 12/19/2013

    " Not Gonna Lie, I actually love this book. As an Atheist, it probably doesn't make sense that I'd be stoked on a book that is about the revelation, But hey. If god were to be real, I'd have hoped he'd be like this. (Except the bits where not-talking animals appear not to have souls and have it's all Plato-inspired, but whatev.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole W | 12/14/2013

    " Excellent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia. Almost made me tear up by the way Lewis ended it, but it really couldn't end any other way in my opinion. Quick read too. It took me a few hours to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stan | 12/9/2013

    " The religious symbolism in the Narnia series has always bothered me. I doubt as a child I would have picked up on the symbolism. If a child did pick up on the symbolism it would be easy for a child to misread the symbolism especially in this book. The symbolism in this book is so clumsily handled it would be be easy to misread meaning of this book as Satan is stronger than God, Satan wins. Death is the only thing a believer can look forward to happen to them. Since I know this is not C.S Lewis's intent the book is a failure. As a child I would have been horrified by the ending in this book so again the book is a failure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason | 11/19/2013

    " C(hronic) S(odomite) Lewis brings his "Carnia" series to an explosive close with this dreadful dreck. The Satanic uber-Beast Asslan destroys "Carnia" via some sort of disgusting evacuatory expulsion of his heinous, hellish halitosis. The usual unholy shenanigans occur with the entire cast of unbibled sodomite drug users from the other books making desperate cameos. Shocked...shocked I am that this filth peoples the curricula of our "schools". Further proof that the end times are nigh. Part of the text is given over to an ode celebrating an obscure early 70s satanist named William Lung, noteworthy for his proto-disco hit "Shaved by the Bell". Avoid at all costs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 11/18/2013

    " Boo hiss boo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Brecheen | 10/21/2013

    " Quite great. I read the first four and working on this one. Lewis sure knows how to make you feel as though you are part of the journey. Very few writers these days can even come close to a writer as Lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viktoriya | 9/29/2013

    " Was awesome. And had a great ending!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 9/8/2013

    " I loved this whole series - it had so many deep meanings. This last book was hard to read because of what was happening at the beginning - but very relatable to our works right now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 8/12/2013

    " Oh god Jack what were you thinking about this ending what about SUSAN I'm just going to pretend this isn't canon due to feelings also I cried a lot. So there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 7/25/2013

    " Why, oh why.... What a waste of time... Regret, sorrow and misery for this stupid final book. I weep... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 6/21/2013

    " For the 6th time. Read aloud to my son. Reading Planet Narnia has enhanced my appreciation for the whole series, especially this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/4/2013

    " This was my second favorite book of the series. Fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 3/15/2013

    " The end of all Narnian adventures. I think this has always been my favorite of the series, which may seem odd to some people given the desperate straits of most of the story, but the beauty of the end makes it all worthwhile. Further in and further up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zee | 2/10/2013

    " Glorious ending to the series - another masterpiece by Lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Cobb | 12/20/2012

    " One day read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 12/17/2012

    " This was my least favorite of the Narnia books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameo | 10/14/2012

    " I just realized I never commented on this book after reading it with Jacob. This was a great book with great symbolism. C.S. Lewis was a very inspired man. It's a very entertaining book while at the same time giving such a good message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Nagy | 9/16/2012

    " C.S. Lewis "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caio | 9/7/2012

    " DAT ENDING. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel Burke | 9/3/2012

    " A nice ending to this series. I certainly did not expect the ending that occured, but found it fitting and did not leave you hoping for something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms Cochran | 5/10/2012

    " My favorite Chronicle of Narnia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 12/11/2011

    " Seemed very quick to close so many loose ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/11/2011

    " Delightful way to end a wonderful series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 11/24/2011

    " Probably my least favorite of the series. Kinda depressing. I know its supposed to parallel our own self destruction, and it does it well. Still, I like happy endings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 10/20/2011

    " I was VERY tired of being preached at by the time I got here. I should have waited a few years between volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 6/29/2011

    " When people ask me what books have inspired me or which author first gave me the want to read and become a writer it has always been C.S Lewis.

    Putting aside religious views or thoughts it is just a great piece of work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ambra | 6/28/2011

    " An amazing classic. Though almost everyone I know has read them in a different order, the sequence doesn't impact the book much. It's well written and involving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cla | 6/28/2011

    " Something to read for 2 year olds. U can try to read into it- but really, u cant go deeper than a kids swimming pool with it and it gets EXTREMELY tedious by the 2nd book! But dont get me wrong - i am a 1# fan of NANIA MOVIES. Emphasis on MOVIES "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 6/28/2011

    " Loved these books as a kid - Love them as an adult! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leann | 6/28/2011

    " A Horse and His Boy was my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/28/2011

    " I personally loved "The Magician's Nephew" & "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" but all are excellent also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/27/2011

    " I believe in publication order, none of this namby-pamby Magician's Nephew first nonsense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yulya | 6/27/2011

    " The Chronicles of Narnia Boxset by C.S.Lewis are the best fantasy series ever written. The story is great for children and still interesting for older readers. Full of imagination, wonderful plot and so magical! Trully recommended!
    -Yulya Roesdy- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zohaib | 6/26/2011

    " This was a good and addictive book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devi | 6/24/2011

    " While the Christian symbolism becomes stronger in each subsequent volume it is still a well told story.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgandalf | 6/24/2011

    " Adventure-good morals (whether religious or not), and all around good fun for the dreamers that children are. I loved it, and can't wait to reread it again sometime! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 6/23/2011

    " These are my most favorite books of all time. I love how C.S. Lewis relates our journey though life and our relationship with the Savior in this story. C.S. Lewis is my very favorite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 6/22/2011

    " These books totally turned me on to reading as a young child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Farren | 6/22/2011

    " A great series for any one who likes reading fiction "

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About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis 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 PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.