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3.00001288908441 out of 53.00001288908441 out of 53.00001288908441 out of 53.00001288908441 out of 53.00001288908441 out of 5 3.00 (129,567 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Kenneth Branagh Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Narnia Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060854447
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Digory Kirk is a curious boy with a penchant for the fantastical. His interest in all things mystical causes him to take special note of his uncle Andrew, who is a magician by trade. Along with his friend Polly, Digory sets a plan in motion to investigate the inner workings of their connected homes. That plan will change the story of his life in a major way. And that story is known as The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia.

Digory and Polly, like so many cat burglars before them, decide to invade a home and search for treasure by way of leaping among the rafters. But rather than reaching the location they had intended, they stumble into Andrew's study, where his uncle is hard at work. Never one to pass up an audience, Andrew offers a yellow ring to Polly, encouraging her to touch it. When she does so, she vanishes into thin air, and Andrew then informs Digory that if he ever wishes to see his friend again, he too will need to make use of a yellow ring. Andrew also gives Digory a pair of green rings, which he says will grant the two children safe passage back from wherever it is that they are going.

What the children find is a wood between the worlds- a magical, serene place where one can access many different worlds, possibly even different universes or dimensions. Never the sort to pass up excitement, the duo decides to investigate some of these worlds for themselves. What they find is sometimes alarming, sometimes beautiful, and always fascinating. From the last gasp of a dying world, to the creation of a brand new one, The Magician's Nephew spins a compelling tale of loyalty, adventure, evil, and the good which will triumph over all.

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.

A 4-CD unabridged audiobook of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Kenneth Branagh, you can also put the CDs in your computer to view a gallery of classic full-color illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.

Let the adventures begin! The Magician's Nephew is the first book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unforgettable.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Kenneth Branagh’s precise and enchanting reading takes the listener from the rooftops of London to the fields of Narnia…Lewis’s storytelling is magnificent, and Branagh’s performance completely and utterly engaging.”

    AudioFile

  • “Couched in Lewis’ silvered prose, this is rich reading.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Supreme Coffee | 2/9/2014

    " Not as good as the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire-louise Tuthill | 2/1/2014

    " Beautiful book, the best in the Chronicles of Narnia. An amazing and stunning tale which is unfortunately overshadowed by the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Flanagan | 1/26/2014

    " decided I needed to read this series after hearing all the fundamentalist church goers. I saw the movie first then decided to read this book. Glad I did, how can you ever go wrong with CS Lewis. Started on my adventures to Narnia and never looked back, and honestly this gave me a great reason to never grow up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Crist | 1/14/2014

    " I hated this book. It was a book that demanded your full attention. I am easily distracted and had a difficult time giving the book attention it needed. Poly and Diggery were in London and were meeting their Uncle Andrew. He made Poly try on some rings and then she was transported into Narnia. The story continued as Diggery left to chase after her. The story continues in Narnia and in London and the change of location was difficult to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone that really enjoys the Narnia series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona Cox | 1/13/2014

    " (Unabridged audiobook) beautifully read by Kenneth Branagh. Has been years since I read this book, and I'd forgotten just how good it is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 1/6/2014

    " I thought this was the best Narnia book yet. It gave a lot of answers, brought in the idea of parallel universes, and had some fun with creation myths. I really enjoyed this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 12/24/2013

    " This was a fun book and a great start to the Chronicles of Narnia. I enjoyed the characters and the fantasy of it all. I've decided not to read all seven books in a row. I'll intermingle them among the other books I'll be reading. I'm glad I started this and I look forward to the next, and the next and... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec | 12/13/2013

    " Fantastic book! The way the narrator talks to the reader throughout the novel is awesome; I love that kind of stuff. Didn't have real high hopes from the movies, but I was quite pleasantly mistaken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexie Okosa | 12/13/2013

    " This has been my favorite book since I was in the 4th grade "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephy | 11/21/2013

    " This was my least favorite Narnia book. But it was still really good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elevetha Houre | 11/3/2013

    " My favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Kuntz | 10/25/2013

    " Read this with the you-know-whos and guess what? We loved it. Narnia rocks. Too 'zosted to write a full review right now, but I will say this: the way the kids and I relate to Lewis's writing is remarkable. Earth, magic, relationships, and spirituality. Good stuff. More later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinton | 10/16/2013

    " I really enjoy the Narnia series, though i'm always surprised at how short each individual book is. For some reason, I don't remember them as children's books, until I read them again... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aria Anggana | 10/14/2013

    " Menyelesaikan buku pertama dari ke-7 seri Narnia ini dalam satu hari, namun aku belum merasa jauh berpetualang. belum merasakan debar, merasakan keajaiban seluruh hutan. belum. aaah tapi masih ada 6 buku tersisa kan? dan selama itu pintu Narnia masih akan terbuka! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Job Dalomba | 10/7/2013

    " My favorite of the series...currently "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne Jansonius | 8/8/2013

    " Was the most interesting of this series for me.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chloe | 6/8/2013

    " Terrible! So confusing!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 3/12/2013

    " This is a great story about how Narnia began. Some people think this should be read first but I preferred reading it as book #6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will Daley | 2/24/2013

    " Fantastic Book! I have re-read it 3 times. I recommend you read this one before all the others because it explains a lot about Aslan, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/10/2013

    " I read this when I was like 8 yeard old, and I hated it. But I'm gonna give it a new shot soon, probably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis Hartford | 1/3/2013

    " It is a nice book to reread because you forget the minor things but then you look back and your like. OH!!! that happens in this book and it's tied to this here!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gourav Kumar | 12/3/2012

    " It is a good book. I found it very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/14/2012

    " I'm glad I am reading this series in the original order. The new (chronological) order doesn't make as much sense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 3/2/2012

    " It was good, but definitely written strictly for children. What I found most interesting was how it set up THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, especially the origin of the wardrobe. From that standpoint, it was fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Redd | 1/12/2012

    " I just didn't like this one as much as the first three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 3aph | 8/11/2011

    " I read this book with my kids who greatly enjoyed it. We are excited to start the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Miner | 7/3/2011

    " Pretty good. An easy read. I look forward to the next book. "

  • 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.

About the Narrator

Sir Kenneth Branagh is one of the UK’s most successful actors and directors in film, TV, and theater. In addition to his acclaimed cinema adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, he has also directed and/or acted in films such as My Week with Marilyn, Thor, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. He has had huge TV success with his BAFTA-winning portrayal of Wallander and has received five Academy Award nominations in five different categories.