I decided to read, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis , as part of reading the top selling fiction books of all time which you can read here

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Synopsis

Open the door and enter a new world.

Narnia … the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter … a magical country waiting to be set free.

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don’t believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they’ve been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch’s sinister spell.

Review

This is one of those children’s books that I did not read as a child and after reading this audiobook. Though i’m not sure if it affects my opinion of the book or missed out on something because of that fact, all i know is that reading the book as an adult in the 2020’s the book seems to have dated badly.

I am not saying it is a bad book, just looking at the pacing and some of the attitudes displayed in the book does seem to date the book. For example the line about the battles with women involved are always horrible, (as if battles just with men are OK),  will most probably not be allowed at the moment.

Having said and Judging, The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, just by the story and not through the eyes of an adult  70 years after it was written. 

The plot line of good versus evil was really well explained and there was a jeopardy, if good, would have failed, so on that point the story did work, However the relationships between the two children, was more like work colleges than family members, as there was very little close interaction between, say Lucy and Suzan.

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There were better relationships, in the book with Lucy and Mr Tumnas, was well written but for me the best relationship in the book of all was the relationship between mr and mrs beever, which seemed to be like a typical married couple but in animal form.

Audiobook Review

I listened to this via Audiobook which was read by Michael York, who tome gave the book the image that the publisher wanted from the book, while Narrator did a very good job, it would have been interesting in changing how I feel about the book.

Conclusion

So who would I recommend this book for?  This to me is definitely a children’s book, while I feel the book was very good at doing the good and evil conflict. I felt reading it as an adult there was not enough in the book as a whole to keep my attention as an adult reader.

However having said that i think if you are a career for a child, I think both you and that child would get something out of reading, The LIon, Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis as a bedtime story. 

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Meet The Writer

Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

C.S. Lewis

Meet The Narrator

Michael York was born in Fulmer, England, 27 March 1942. He performed on stage with the National Youth Theatre in London’s East End and on international tour. Other early acting experience came through the Oxford University Dramatic Society (he graduated Oxford 1964), the Dundee Repertory, and Laurence Olivier’s National Theater Company –

He stard in a number films, Brian Roberts in Cabaret (1972), Count Andrenyi in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and D’Artagnan in several Musketeers films.

As well as  continued stage work, starring on Broadway, made many spoken word recordings, written and lectured internationally. His autobiography (1993) was issued as “Accidentally on Purpose” in the U.S. and “Travelling Player” in Britain. He was also in, all of the “Austin Powers” films.

Michael York

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