Audio Book Review of the Chronicles of Narnia Series

January 13, 2011

It may seem a little tough to convince a kid to listen to a story when they could watch it in live action HD color. Well, you can call it a bid to engage the younger generation in the pursuit of their imaginations. These books have been an escape for many generations since the original publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950. The beauty and splendor of Narnia is relegated only by the boundaries of the individuals own imagination.

The story of the four innocent children caught up in a world torn apart by war, exiled to the cold heartless home of a relative that they do not know and the discovery of a wonderful parallel world is elegantly narrated the entire way through. The soothing tone of the reader lulls you to another time and place. It feels as though you are there with Lucy as she has her tea with Mr. Tumnus. The coldness of the Ice Queen’s voice can be felt despite friendly yet ominous words she speaks.

Listening to the careful narration of the scenes and emotions has the effect of giving you a better view of the inner workings of the thoughts and hearts of the characters of the story in a way that no movie ever could. You get inside the mind of each character and learn things about them that it would take too long to ever present in a movie.

Listening to this series will stir something within you that is pleasant and unexpected. Any classic book that is well read can carry you along on a wave that cannot be explained. You become the character or characters as they go through their trials and tribulations. The uncertainty of the children is felt when they are presented with the knowledge that they will have to fight. Wherever you are, your heart will be pounding as you are transported to the Land Called Narnia.

It would be a mistake to listen to them in the order in which they are being re-released. The Author wrote the series in such a way so that you would be intrigued by the landscape and the characters as they work through the epic adventure. To read them in any other order than how it was intended would be robbing you of the glorious experience of learning how Narnia came into being.

The adventure of the books will broaden your understanding and provide you with a lot more details of the fabulous world of Narnia. You become emotionally invested in each word and your mind draws a map of a land that lives best in the annals of the imagination. Having read the book and seen the movie, it is with great certainty that this reviewer recommends to all that it would be a mistake to pass up the experience of hearing the tale narrated on audio books.


Rick Valence loves to read and write short stories, books and especially blogs. He has a vast array of writing interests that include fiction, non-fiction and how-to guides. He considers himself a bit of a wine aficionado and enjoys spending his vacations in the beautiful California Wine Country discovering great new wines and food pairings. Rick works Monday through Friday as a digital camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. He is also the webmaster of his company’s camera repair blog.

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