This was the fourth book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the sixth book in the series.
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Jeremy Northan really brought the story to life
With so many scenes, it's difficult to pick one, but I have always liked the scene by the stream. To say more would give away spoilers for those who haven't listened to it all.
There are always varying emotions in the Narnia books.
This is another book where not following Aslan's instructions leads to difficulties and Eustace and Jill realised this to their cost at the castle of the Gentle Giants. But they had a wise guide in Puddleglum, even if he did sicken them with his gloomy outlooks. He was a staunch character, though and Aslan's creature through and through. Even when the Prince had the desire to pay a visit to Golg's land, he stopped him going by mentioning Caspian who would prefer to see his son alive.
The book shows how Eustace has changed, especially at school at the beginning and we no longer see the selfish boy of the first five or six chapters of the previous book. For both himself and Jill, it was a race against time, given that events were on foot in Underland which Rilian wasn't aware of.
The majority of the story takes place in the northern lands, and as we travel with the children, we meet the Northern Giants referred to in other books. I particularly like the description Lewis gives of the way the children's attitudes changed after the Lady of the Green Kirtle directed them to the Gentle Giants and with the blizzard conditions they had to battle against, one can understand how they must have felt.
"Great for Kid's as well as adults"
I really enjoyed this part of the ongoing saga. I was full laughing with some parts of it. Light hearted, fun with some great morals taught subtlety.
"The darker side of Narnia"
Darker, perilous, fantastic
The moment that moves me is when Rilian returns home after been rescued and his father King Caspian sees him one last time before he dies.
This is a darker journey in the Narnia series, but it has a beautiful and humorous ending. Well narrated by Jeremy Northam.
"A lovely version"
This is a wonderful series of recordings with Michael Hordern narrating accompanied by beautifully atmospheric music. The story is one of the better in the series with one child from the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and one new child. Its a more exciting adventure than Voyage of the Dawn Treader with both children being likeable. The story has some slightly more serious themes than the previous books, in particular (without giving too much away), the Giants whose diet is less than appealing.
All in all, a lovely story beautifully read.
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