Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis

My rating 4.5 out of 5
Where the book came from: Borrowed from local library as an audio CD

Synopsis from Amazon:
The first title in the classic Chronicles of Narnia series, The Magician's Nephew, is a gorgeous introduction to the magical land of Narnia. The many readers who discovered C.S. Lewis's Chronicles through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be delighted to find that the next volume in the series is actually the first in the sequence--and a step back in time. In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series

My thoughts:
The only Narnia story I had read prior to this was "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" so I was intrigued to see what could have come before that story began. I borrowed the audio book with the intention of listening to it with my children in the car. Over the course of a week or two we had a chance to discover how Narnia had begun, where the wardrobe came from, and to get a though introduction to a very magical world. I enjoyed this story, as did my children, and while I was at the library yesterday I checked out the next two stories on cd for us to listen to in the car. It makes long rides much more pleasant and I prefer it to having a DVD player in the car. I like that I can listen along too and alos have the option of stopping it to ask them to predict what will come next. It is great for reading comprehension!

Digory and Polly were very likeable children, who were curious and brave. I loved watching Aslan in my mind creating Narnia. Seeing how it was that some of the animals were able to talk and walk around just like a person and to see the lamppost grow from the ground. I wonder if my new knowledge will color what I think of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" when we start it tomorrow.


  1. hmm. I think I have forgotten too much of what happens in the Narnia books. I do enjoy my audio version of the Voyage of the Dawntreader, so maybe I should check out my library and see if they have the other ones.

  2. Listening is interesting, but I think I miss stuff when I get distracted that I wouldn't if I were reading it myself. My only complaint with audio books is that they seem to take longer to listen to than they would have to have read but since we're already stuck in the car it only makes sense to listen to something!