Item description for The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles Of Narnia #1) by C. S. Lewis & Kenneth Branagh...
Overview When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia, where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech. Simultaneous.
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.
Performed by Kenneth Branagh
Enhanced CD: Put this CD in your computer to view a gallery of Pauline Baynes' classic color illustrations, and access Narnia weblinks.
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Format: Unabridged, Audiobook
Running Time: 240.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 5.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 14, 2005
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Chronicles Of Narnia
Series Number 1
ISBN 0060793341 ISBN13 9780060793340
Availability 0 units.
More About C. S. Lewis & Kenneth Branagh
C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.
C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.
C. S. Lewis has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about The Magician's Nephew?
Rings of a New World Mar 26, 2010
With news that another fantasy fiction Hollywood blockbuster, perhaps similar to those based on the books of J.R.R Tolkien or J.K Rowling, would be making its box office debut sometime at the end of 2005, many an entertainment review began to talk about how C.S Lewis' The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe would compare with rival film productions. These days, the quality of the special effects is what determines whether or not such fantasy fiction movie epics become hits or fall by the wayside. Regardless, there is a strong case to be made for reading the books first simply because books give the author's own unadulterated versions of their stories and allow the reader to use his or her own imagination to its greatest potential. For C.S Lewis the stories of Narnia do not in fact start with The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe but with another epic, The Magician's Nephew.
In The Magician's Nephew, the story begins in early 20th Century London with a girl, Polly Plummer, who, together with a boy by the name of Digory, sets off on a little adventure to explore a tunnel that runs through the attic of her house. Inadvertently they end up crawling from the tunnel into the office of Digory's Uncle Andrew who launches them on a journey that sets the stage for the rest of the book. With his magical powers and eagerness to try out a set of magical rings that allow those who touch them to travel into other worlds, Uncle Andrew forces Digory and Polly to become subjects for his experiments. Sure enough, Digory and Polly quickly find themselves in Charn- a world which an evil witch, Queen Jadis, has all but destroyed with her magical powers. But as they attempt to flee back to their own world, they unwittingly bring her back to London where her intentions to conquer every land that she can lay her hands on take new meaning.
After some rather comical moments involving the witch, whose theft of a large sum of money has more than caught the attention of a rather angry London mob, Digory and Polly manage to use their magical rings to catapult themselves and the witch back out to another magical world, thus saving London from its unwanted ruler. Yet the children bring with them not only the witch but an additional entourage composed of a carriage cabby and his wife, a stolen horse by the name of Strawberry and Uncle Andrew himself. The world in which they all end up in is a world that has not yet begun- a world that consists of nothing but darkness, devoid of any other living creatures. But as a voice in the distance begins to sing, this emptiness is transformed into a universe ablaze with stars, constellations and planets, "brighter and bigger than any in our world" (p.61). As the singing continues, more of this incipient creation becomes apparent. A bright sun rising up above the horizon illuminates a river flowing eastwards while the neighboring hills become covered in grass and trees. The singing voice turns out to be none other than that of Aslan-a lion whose goodness in creation seems altogether repulsive to the evil witch. Shrieking with fear, she runs away, while the children look on in wondrous amazement at the new land rising before them.
The runaway witch becomes the focus of the adventure that unfolds. The children are given the seemingly insurmountable task of journeying to the farthest reaches of the land better known as Narnia to find a garden with an apple tree that bares a special kind of fruit- a fruit that will protect Narnia from the witch's evil influences and which they must bring back with them. Aslan gives them everything they need for the task including a winged horse by the name of Fledge (aka Strawberry) that will fly them across the forests and mountains which lie in their way. Their journey is made all the more thrilling by the scenery they encounter for these same forests and mountains make of Narnia a land that rivals any on our earth in its beauty and majesty.
As one reads The Magician's Nephew, it is all too evident at key moments in the story Lewis has borrowed scenes from the biblical creation account. The unfolding of the new world with Aslan's singing, for example, mirrors God speaking the creation into existence in the book of Genesis. At times Lewis displays a unique sense of humor even though the overall thread of the story is obviously quite serious. What is perhaps most striking about Lewis' writing is his ability to reach out to both child and adult alike in what is a story that appeals to all our senses of doing good and living a righteous life. In short, The Magician's Nephew opens up a view of the world in which a divine purpose for our lives is ever-present, ready to guide us to an end in which good conquers evil. It is an adventure story that anybody can enjoy.
Yowch. Feb 2, 2010
You may not have minded this as a kid, but coming back to it as an adult, it's painfully obvious that "The Magician's Nephew" is the point at which the Narnia series jumped the shark. The White Witch comes back to turn-of-the-century London and does nothing more than commandeer a carriage? Come on.
Great gift for a grandchild Jan 9, 2010
Hoping to introduce my granddaughters to one of my very favorite series, I ordered this first of the series. I was pleased with the size and appearance, including illustrations, and hope that it will appeal to them (age 10 and 11). Of course, if they like it, I'll be looking for the rest of the series for them. They are such great stories ... and are more than just surface level... they feed our spirits as well.
Kindle version Jan 5, 2010
Wonderful book! Wonderful Kindle version! Wonderful experience all around!
I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I first read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe wayyyy back in 6th grade. I decided that, with my new Kindle and cheap access (only [...]!) to each book in this series, it would be a great thing to read all of.
Well, I just finished The Magician's Nephew last night (after reading the last 3/4 at 1 am......) and could not be happier with my purchase! The formatting is wonderful, and I think the cover looks spectacular on the Kindle! The table of contents is great, the pictures (although they can be a little bit difficult to see on the small screen-- but still certainly good!) look nice on the Kindle, and the essence of the book was not lost in transfer from print to electronics.
Amazing book. Amazing Kindle Version. A+!
Now if only all Kindle books were this nice...
Transcendent...Timeless Oct 26, 2009
When I review George Orwell's writings, I often describe them as time capsules of history. C.S. Lewis' writings often seem to transcend time; writings that often jump to the future and travel to the past on the spacetime of this great writer's mind...and all in one trip.
C.S. Lewis seemed to have a special relationship with thought lives of children as reflected in his letters to children and stories. The books C.S.Lewis wrote for children seem to always be better than books intended for older readers. This book is better than the space trilogy he wrote earlier.
The children here enter a parallel universe via the research of their Uncle Andrew who enables them to time travel with rings made of Atlantean dust. Uncle Andrew is the sterotypical secular scientist who appears in other C.S.Lewis novels and always disrupts the divine order of things with amoral tinkering. The two children, Digory and Polly, find themselves in a forested switching universe (a multiverse), and then in the dead city of Charn. Charn, cursed and dimly lit by a large, dying red dwarf sun. The witches mouth is also stained deep Charn-red by the forbidden fruit she stole from the Tree of Life-two images of the death afforded by sin and rejecting salvation.
We see the miracle of Creation as Aslan inhabits Narnia with talking animals in this prequel to the Narnia series.
Something is dreadfully wrong despite the beauty of the new creation. Aslan warns the children that Evil has entered the new world through the negligence of the children of Adam, Digory and Polly. The battle that will be fought years later in Naria has its seed in this first story. The Creation is flawed so sacrifice must be eventually paid by Aslan.
The characters eventually return to their respective universes and the stage is set for the series to continue. The layers of meaning with both secular and Christian symbolism are amazing. We even learn about how the lamp post near the entrance to the wardrobe was created in the first Narnia book.
What I find interesting about C.S.Lewis is the important role that parallel universes and relativity theory played in his stories as did the New Testament in the life of Einstein. Were the two parallel universes of these thinkers somehow connected? I am connected to this story and will keep it in my heart.