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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: BBC (BBC Radio Presents) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Four children open a magic wardrobe door and fall into another world, where a lion is king and a wicked witch threatens the land with eternal winter. This BBC production offers a variety of appealing audio effects to immerse youngsters in the story, presenting a strong dramatization which kids should find absorbing. -- Midwest Book Review

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"They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed," whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins."

They opened a door and entered a world--Narnia--the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Asland, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.

This superbly adapted radio dramatization from the BBC--world renowned for their excellence in radio programming--delightfully sweeps listeners into the marvelous heart of their imaginations and into the enchanted world of Narnia.

This exquisite production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe features a stellar cast, authentic sound effects, and wonderfully stirring music to warm and engage the hearts of children and adults whether they're hearing the story for the first or the fiftieth time.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: BBC Radio Presents
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Listening Library (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553476564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553476569
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,438,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shawnmarie Frazier on December 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wow! I just listened to a copy of the radio theater version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and was VERY impressed with the quality of the production. It's very different from just a "book on tape." It takes your imagination away with it. I felt as though I was there crunching through the snow in the wood on the other side of the wardrobe and there through the tea in the beaver's house, etc., etc. I was listening in my car and sat in the driveway for 15 minutes to hear the end of the first tape!
I wanted to hear the production before I sent it to my neices for Christmas. I've read the books several times and was concerned with whether or not the radio theatre would accurately represent the books. I was not disappointed. I got them for my neices and <smile> will most likely end up purchasing copies for myself of the whole series once they are available.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this radio theater series to lovers of Lewis's books and especially to parents(even if they don't know Lewis's writings all that well). It's an adventure! Oh, it also would be great on long car trips for both children and adults.
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By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a fantastic book! It is one of the only books I have ever read that when I went to bed I could not wait to get up in the morning so I could finish it. The book is about four children, two sisters and two brothers. The youngest sister, Lucy finds a wardrobe in the attic of the house that they are visiting. Inside she finds a... Sorry you will have to read it yourself. In my opinion this book is the best fantasy book ever written. Reading this book inspires me to read the rest of the Narnia series. In some ways this book made me appretiate how hard an author works to make the reader happy. This book not only improved my reading skills but it also had a huge affect on me. It really made me think. I highly recommend this book because I think anyone would like it no matter how old you are. If you don't read it, you are missing out on a great book.
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has been eloquently transferred into a wonderful two-hour radio program complete with individual character voices and background effects and music. This version is not to be missed by those who wish to hear the book in addition to reading it. Few parts are cut from the BBC version and is more enjoyable (and complete) than the animated BBC version on videotape. The cast is astounding and read with just the right amount of characterization so that you are drawn into the story. Take note that this should not be a replacement for reading the book, but is a great reminder to those who have read and loved the Chronicles of Narnia. The BBC has done a wonderful job transferring this terrific book which to this day remains one of my all-time favorites.
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The BBC presentation of this C.S. Lewis classic gripped our entire family (parents and boys aged 5 and 8) as we headed to the mountains to ski. Although we were already familiar with the story line, we could not get back to the car quickly enough at day's end to hear the conclusion! This is not just another story tape with a voice reading text. The book is acted out by excellent and engaging actors. Captivating. Our family cannot wait to see what other books BBC has "presented."
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The Focus on the Family presentation combines a great script (arguably even better than the BBC version) with good acting and absolutely brilliant sound effects. It also emphasizes the joy and wonder of the book. Not only can you sense Lucy's awe of Narnia as she visits it for the first time, but the joy of the place before the Witch took control, and after Aslan returns, is accentuated better than in any of the dramatizations (audio or video) of the work from the other studios.

Tumnus' description of the feasting and bliss of Narnia before the White Witch imprisoned it in perpetual winter is superb. And he is not afraid to mention Bacchus and Silenus - characters which the other presentations avoid. There is also an obvious joy in Aslan's camp at the Stone Table when the three children are brought there.

The creators of the Walden/Disney movie missed the joy and wonder by interjecting the thought that the Pevencies would have needed to be convinced to stay. In the book, Lewis assumes the children would be caught up in the magic and excitement of Narnia, their predilection for adventure having already been established. (They are excited about exploring outdoors, and resort to exploring the house when it rains.)

In the movie, the adventures they get caught in often seem more inspired by a video game (i.e. riding ice in the river) than any "magic" based on what Lewis wrote. The spirit captured by the FotF production is much to be preferred to any action/adventure presented on the big screen.

The climax of this Radio Theater episode is the sacrifice of Aslan on the Stone Table and his subsequent resurrection. The use of Lewis's narrative, enhanced with sound effects and dramatic music, is "spot on" in capturing the significance of the scene.
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