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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91,961 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Jeremy Northam Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Narnia Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780060854409
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Eustace Scrubb, the formerly useless child turned brave adventurer, returns to Narnia in The Silver Chair.

As a student at a horrible school known as The Experiment House, Eustace finds himself the target of bullies, and has little choice other than to try and escape. As luck would have it, this is also the fate of a classmate of his, a girl named Jill Pole. Seeing no other means of escape from their would-be tormentors, Eustace confides in Jill that he has traveled to another world before. A world called Narnia, where a lion named Aslan keeps a watchful eye. Jill is not convinced of this story, but she would very much like to escape the bullies, so when Eustace suggests they call on Aslan for help, she decides it is worth a shot.

Tumbling through a gate, the two schoolchildren find themselves at the top of a cliff in a land known as Aslan's country. Jill wanders too close to the edge of the cliff, and in an attempt to save her, Eustace falls to what will most likely be his death. However, Aslan sees that this is happening, and with his powerful breath he is able to blow Eustace safely all the way to Narnia. Jill is soon sent tumbling after with a mission from the mouth of the Lion himself.

Through a series of false starts and missteps, Eustace and Jill find themselves on a mission to track down a missing person. Accompanied by a strange-looking Marshwiggle named Puddleglum, the two set out on their quest, searching for the four signs which Aslan told Jill would guide them on their journey. Along the way, they must face obstacles, man-eating giants, an evil witch, and their own insecurities. But ultimately, whether they will succeed in the mission for which they were called to Narnia depends on one simple thing: How well they heed the instructions they were given.

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.

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost—all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So step into Underland in search of a lost prince.

Performed by Jeremy Northam

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Griffith | 2/18/2014

    " In C.S. Lewis's The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia, Full-Color Collector's Edition) Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb are called into Narnia by Aslan the Lion a.k.a. King of Narnia to be involved in an important mission. Jill is given four signs to remember but throughout the story, she acts like a "lunatic" and loses control of her mind by forgetting. She and Eustace set out on an journey through Narnia which eventually will lead them to the Underworld where they hope to find and release the captive Prince Rilian, son of King Caspian, (the same "Caspian" from Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Many adventures are experienced along the way as they, fly with owls, meet up with giants and one of Lewis's most beloved characters; a Marsh-Wiggle by the name of Puddleglum. Lots of "silver" stuff in this book. The resurrection of a certain person at the end was amazing! (I'm not telling who...) The Silver Chair was, all in all- very "moonish," and I loved it! especially this full color illustrated edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this one better than the Dawn Treader. I think this is my favourite one of the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alessandria | 2/16/2014

    " I'm really not much of a Chronicles of Narnia person, but I decided to give this book a try. The writing style is definately different, and I like the way the two characters, Pole and Scrubb react to arriving at Narnia, and how they meet some very interesting characters. However, I think Scrubb could have been a bit nocer to Pole, after all, he was really nice and changed in the beginning of the story, but as soon as he arrived at Narnia, he became a bit bitter. Overall, I really like the story, and I'm not going to spoil it, but I think it is a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sher | 1/23/2014

    " It is hard for me to rate this book because I never really got into it. I guess I am giving it a four based on what I would have given it if I had read it as a kid. I have one more book to go in the Chronicles of Narnia, but I have lost interest and it is going to be hard for me to finish it, unless it is totally different than what I am expecting. I will read it, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Talbot | 1/20/2014

    " Oh so good! I love the Narnia books and this one does not disappoint! Beautiful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gijs | 1/18/2014

    " Twee kinderen worden in Narnia erop uit gestuurd om in een onderaards land een prins te redden. Hoewel wederom spannend geschreven, komt dit deel onderhand wat routinematig over en het bevat wat vervelende opmerkingen over moderne schoolsystemen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron Brown | 1/3/2014

    " My favorite, I love Puddleglum! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Norfleet | 1/3/2014

    " The Silver Chair was a quick read. The imagery was beautiful in the world of Narnia. This story is every child's dream when they have been bullied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 12/31/2013

    " Not great, not terrible. Too much whining in the first third or half. It got better once they reached the City of the Gentle Giants. Even then, there were too many whining children. The ending seemed pretty abrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Steinhoff | 12/25/2013

    " This was my least favorite book when I read through the series the first two times, but this time it wasn't as bad as I remember. It's still probably my least favorite, but it was pretty good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 12/23/2013

    " Thought this one was a bit of a dud. I'm hoping the Final Battle ends the series on a high note. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alathea | 12/9/2013

    " this one was particularly good. I like the angle he took and the things that were talked about. a good adventure story for kids that proves points at the same time. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Williamson | 11/20/2013

    " Though I'm still not sure where all of these stories are going, I quite enjoyed the adventure part of this one! I think I'm getting the whole 'moral of the story' from these, but I guess I won't really know until I've finished them all. They are a really good read and I do quite enjoy them! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Neill | 9/15/2013

    " I read the Chronicles of Narinia as a child and recently revisited, I enjoyed it the first and second time around. A good read which I liked getting lost in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Galli | 8/24/2013

    " A great book for all ages. It was read to me for the first time to me as a really little kid by my mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/17/2013

    " An easy book to read with a good plot and some philosophy mixed in. It just makes you look at the world in a discerning way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jed | 3/24/2013

    " This book was ok. Eustace and her "friend" Jill go back into Narnia to save a prince from the wrath of The Green Lady (somewhat similar to the White Witch). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Phillips | 12/11/2012

    " I remember not caring for the Silver Chair much last time around. I have no idea why, re-reading it was quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/18/2012

    " My personal favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia series. And in the top five of my favorite books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 7/27/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this. Some of the descriptive settings and characters were interesting in places. The characters did not appeal to me as much as the those in previous books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 6/4/2012

    " This is Book #4 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricia | 2/25/2012

    " Loved this book in the Narnia series. Puddleglum is most likely my favorite character . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugene Caputi | 11/15/2011

    " An excellent book. I rate it the 3rd best Narnia book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 11/7/2011

    " Believe it or not, there is a lot going on in this book. While the kids are wandering about Narnia fighting battles, C.S. Lewis is making very specific (and, perhaps, controversial) comments about Education and Behaviourism/Materialism. A good complimentary read to The Abolition of Man . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coco | 9/8/2011

    " Kind of a crazy story, but cool anyway. I didn't really like the idea of the Green Witch because I thought it was a cop-out after using the White Witch. (July 2006) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Ladwig | 8/16/2011

    " Probably the most philosophically oriented of the Narnia series, Lewis really tackles materialism in this novel. "

  • 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

Jeremy Northam, a stage performer with the RSC and the National Theatre is best known for major feature films including Emma, An Ideal Husband, Golden Bowl, Enigma, Gosford Park and Cypher. Winner of Actor of the Year 2000 for the London Evening Standard Awards and Film Actor of the Year 2000 for Variety Club.