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Written after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but designed by C.S. Lewis to be read first, this enchanting prequel, with its story of time travel, sorcery, and magic rings, is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn the backstory to the biggest movie release of the year. Hurled back in time to the birth of a new world, two young friends get caught in the epic struggle between Aslan and his nemesis the White Witch.

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 let the adventures begin.

This was the sixth book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the first book in the series.

©1955, 1983 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2005 HarperCollins UK

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I think it's great!

i think it's great because i like listening about Uncle Andrew. He is a bit funny. It is very exciting and my favourite bit is at the end when Digory is happy again.

Frances Age 7

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Outstanding ;-)

I had my reservations. I thought it might be a bit old, a bit flakey.. dare I say a bit passe... HOW WRONG WAS I??
This has to be one of the best books I have downloaded (and I'm a 26yo man!)The magical imagery really took me somewhere I haven't been for sixteen years.

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And so it begins....

For anyone who didn't know that there are several books before The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, here is the introduction. I didn't know this book existed either until I was a teenager, and had already explored the above story. Now I can enjoy the very beginning all over again with my own children. It's a great book to tuck them up in bed with and/or listen to together. It lays the foundations of Narnia and explains several other things you may come across (like the lamp post in the wood or why some of the animals talk!). The story is nicely told, easy to follow and, of course, a classic.

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My kids loved it

I downloaded this for my 7 year old daughter who was captivated from start to finish. A superbly narrated book that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

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  • 05-11-13

Captivating adventure

What did you like most about The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1?

My five year old son loves audiobooks and he listened to this three times in succession. I hoped this would be a good introduction to the Narnia series for him, as he could not read such a long book yet and it did not disappoint. I loved listening too, as I read the books many years ago and had forgotten them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1?

The first appearance of Aslan.

Have you listened to any of Kenneth Branagh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but this book has made me want to listen to more of his performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • 17-10-11

The real Narnian origin

Branagh is great in this first book of Narnia, with all the heartwarming tics we expect from C.S Lewis in his veiled origin for the beginning of this narrative epic.

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A Great Buy.

I have not read these books since I was a child, I was pleased to see all 7 books on this site. A good quality reading.

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One of my favourites, beautifully done.

This is a wonderful story, a prequel to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and has always been one of my favourites for its beauty and imagination. I have heard the abridged version, but this unabridged recording is brought to life superbly by Kenneth Brannagh. He is a superb actor, who's reading is never self - conscious but sensitive and alive, each of the characters fully realised without a hint of their being patronised.
I can highly recommend this book.

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Great story

I read this book when I was 10. Twenty years later, it didn't fade. The Magician's Nephew is my favorite in the series. Because this is exactly how you should feel when a wonderful adventure begins!

There is something wrong with the rating system. I want to give five stars to the story but it does not allow me to do so...

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  • 06-10-19

Love it

Such memories of this world. I can't even explain how much Narnia means to me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-21

Entertaining

I watched the movies and now started reading the books. Its shorter than i expected, but well written, and very well done in performance.

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  • Stef
  • 12-10-20

great performance

Kenneth Branagh's performance is fantastic, he does a great variety of voices, really bringing the story alive. easy listening

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  • Julie
  • 01-05-16

Very enjoyable

The book takes you on a great journey of fantasy. Great characters including the King of kings, Aslan.

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  • James
  • 25-06-14

Where it all began

Where does The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 6 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Magician's Nephew is one of the best narrated novels I have listened to so far. Kenneth Brannagh does a great job especially with the Cockney accent of the cab driver.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The cabbie is my favourite character with the Cockney accent and his rags to riches story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the witch tries to tempt Diggory into taking the Apple for himself is my favourite scene, as Diggory has to overcome his fears and his selfish nature to not give into temptation and to do the right thing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The temptation scene again and when Strwberry was given wings and renames Fledge. They are only a couple of the moments that moved me in this story.

Any additional comments?

This is where it all began so if you rereading this series start with this book first and read in chronological order instead of the publishing order.

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  • Jenny
  • 23-02-13

Narnia is Born - Genesis reconceived

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not as a stand alone story, but most definitely if my friend was interested in listening to 'The Chronicles of Narnia'.

I would strongly recommend that they begin their adventures in Narnia with this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the cabbie so much - Frank - by name and nature. One who was a king in both of his worlds.

Which scene was your favorite?

My skin tingles when I remember the birth of Narnia - to the song of Lion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely not a strong reaction.

This very much a prequel, a story that helps to make sense of the next book - ' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.

Without this book that one is diminished, but this book most definitely needs to be linked with the series.

Any additional comments?

This is a must-listen prequel. All the books are relatively short, so no time is wasted.