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I forgot how close the film is to the book. I throughly enjoyed this audiobook and I'm slowly making my way through the Chronicals of Narnia. The reader for this onewas quite delightful and I see why some say to start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
While this isn’t my favorite novel I can say it’s still very enjoyable to read. It starts off in WW2 and these four siblings are being sent away to a home from children for safety so as you can see its very bleak but then it lightens up as the youngest sibling finds a wardrobe that leads into the magical realm of Narnia and soon the once bleak story is filled with magic and adventure. Personally I’m not a huge fan of fantasy so I didn’t lie it all too much but I think anyone who does enjoy reading fantasy novels then you’ll enjoy this one. I know one thing I enjoyed most was the characteristics of the four siblings considering the younger two are so innocent but the older two find it’s their job to take care of each other which I found to be wholesome and I personally enjoy that very much in a novel. 2/5
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Four siblings, Susan, Edmund, Peter, and Lucy Pevensie. They find an enormous wardrobe and beyond that lies the frozen land of Narnia. This land is ruled by an evil witch and together with the help of the Great Lion, Aslan, the four adventurers must set Narnia free from the witch. C.S. Lewis uses a cheery, informative tone throughout most of the book to explain its message about Christianity which is sometimes silly and amusing. The straightforward and simple writing style makes it a great pickup for beginners.
Wonderful story; I love the idea of kids finding another world through a wardrobe!
I have a closet in my house I'm convinced connects to infinity. Anything I put in it is separated from me forever. Not nearly as cool, but with a lot more potential for mischief is the closet in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Collier Books, $1.95). It leads to a place called Narnia with bad witches, noble lions and pieces that fit just right for a healthy dose of moralizing. That said, C. S. Lewis is a captivating storyteller.
Have you ever pushed the clothes to either side and tapped the back wall of your closet looking for a secret door? This book is the reason. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic fantasy set during the time of the Second World War. It remains fresh today because, shortly after arriving in the safe haven of the country from bomb weary London, four siblings find their way through a secret door in a wardrobe to a magical land called Narnia, where they learn lessons about gluttony, unwise alliances, treachery and redemption. This audio book would be great for a family listen, followed by discussion, perhaps while sampling some Turkish Delights.
This is a story about the Pevensie children and their adventures in the magical world of Narnia. While reading this book, I become giddy with excitement and have a strong desire to go on an exploit of my own. Either that or reread the book to go on the children's adventure with them again. This is an excellent novel and is great for anyone looking for a little escape.
This particular book that initiated the series of Narnia shows numerous symbolism and imagery that represents the basic tenets of C.S Lewis' renowned personal faith. A book that is simple for even babes to read and comprehend, that totally captivates the inner soul of the reader.
This is one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their life.
Narnia tells a story of a group of children that entered an enchanted wardrobe taking them into a magical land called Narnia. They are faced with challenges they soon overcome with the help of friends they made along the way. With a friend's help, you will quickly overcome the many physical and emotions obstacle. The primary connection I made with this book is that friendship can help you get through anything and are emotional and physical support.
-Nikki age 13
Pretty good for a book written in that period! It reminds me of books like Little Women, The Secret Garden, and Anne of Gren Gables (except the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe is better than Anne of Green Gables by a long shot)!
If you read this (or have it read to you, like I did) at a young age. It contains the kind of story, writing, and characters that shape the kind of reader you'll become. I love this book. I love the story and the entire series. I loved Narnia - the world. I loved rooting for the talking animals against the Evil White Queen. I loved meeting Aslan, the great giant lion, for the first time through the eye of the Pevensie children. This book made me feel invincible and capable of anything - as long as I had kindness, hope, and faith in my corner. It also, really does shape the type of fantasy reader you become: there are the kids who are raised on "The Lord of the Rings" and then there are those raised on "Narnia" (this series). You can love both - as I do - but one will always reign in your heart.
This comment has been overly emotional - but it's just a great adventure - I recommend this book and its series to everyone who wants to on a great fantasy journey and get lost in it. As an adult I still re-read it and often find something new that I just didn't get as a child, because I wasn't old enough just yet.
It should be mentioned that this is not technically the first book in the series, but it is normally the one that everybody starts with.
adventure flawless read ++
The language is unparalleled among any writing.
Published in 1950 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children (and the young-at-heart) which was written by C. S. Lewis. It is the first published and best known of 7 novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).
Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. This is a place where the White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter.
Lewis wrote the book for, and dedicated it to, his goddaughter, Lucy Barfield. She was the daughter of Owen Barfield, Lewis's friend, teacher, and adviser.
*Author's note* - Born in Belfast, Ireland (1898) - Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, medievalist, and lecturer. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.
In 1963 - C. S. Lewis (64 at the time) died of kidney failure.
Mister Lewis is a fantastic storyteller. Reading this makes one feel like you're sitting right in his drawing room as he tells you the story. It's also surprisingly touching and deep, and it hits a lot of really meaningful notes. If there are any complaints to be made, it is perhaps on Mr. Lewis' gender sensibilities, but then again, he is a product of his time, and for all intents and purposes, he remains rather progressive compared to his peers. Four and a half out of five stars.
This is such a great, cozy, winter-y story! The only weird thing is that it's *such* a blatantly obvious allegory for Yu-Gi-Oh. Like, how when you destroy your opponent's weak Kidmodo Dragon and you think you've gained the upper hand, but you didn't read the fine print on the card and suddenly they special summon Blue Eyes White Dragon out of nowhere and you were totally unprepared for that.
This is the first book Lewis wrote about the magical world of Narnia. It is in an alternate dimension from ours, reachable through an enchanted wardrobe in an old country house. How four children discover the world is just the first part of this classic children's adventure. When they all do enter the world they find they are in place where all the creatures who make up our mythology are real and where a witch has cast a spell so that it is always winter but never Christmas. Their coming, though, has been foretold and sets in motion a confrontation between the witch and the rightful King of Narnia. This book is alternately scary, heartbreaking and rousing.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is supposedly the ‘first’ book in the Narnia series, as the Magician’s Nephew is part of the series but is treated as prologue. Within every page, the excitement that C.S. Lewis provoked in the reader was surreal. The adventure is of four children, the Pevensie's, who are all siblings. This book takes place during WWII, which is accurate because the war had just ended. It takes place in England, as the four children are forced to go to a distant relatives’ home, away from the war. Peter is the oldest, then comes Susan, then Edmund, and finally Lucy. One day, as they are playing hide and seek, Lucy hides in a wardrobe. As she goes deeper and deeper into it, she realizes that there is no end. As you might have already guessed, she is now in Narnia, where the winter is currently endless. She meets a wonderful faun, Mr. Tumnus who eventually helps her get back home. Upon returning, she tells her siblings of her adventure, but none of them believe her completely. Still, as it is meant to be, they all discover Narnia from the magical wardrobe, and their adventure begins. Rating: 5/5
- @thesoundofcolours of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
In the book The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, leave their home in London to live with another family in the country just like so many other children during World War II. They are sent to a professor's country house and during a game of hide and seek Lucy discovers the Wardrobe. It is a doorway into the magical world of Narnia. With ancient prophecies, betrayals and a final battle, it is a fantasy adventure that takes place in a world with magical creatures, medieval armor and powerful symbols. It is a classic, one you will want to read again! (and again and again and again if you’re like me). I would definitely recommend it! (The movie is great too!) 4/5 stars
- @Redibis of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
Once, there were four siblings who were playing hide and seek on a rainy day. Lucy, the youngest of the siblings went into an empty room which only had a wardrobe in it and hid in there. She left a little bit of the wardrobe open so she didn’t lock herself in and waited. No one came into that room, until she heard footsteps near the door. Quickly, she went deeper into the closet and hid there between several furry coats. While she was hiding, she felt as if she was sitting on something rough. Not only that, but she felt something wet coming from above. Then Lucy realized that she wasn’t in her wardrobe at all, but in a snowing forest beside a lamppost. She had no idea how she got there. In that forest, she met a faun named Mr. Tumnus and went to his house to have a feast. When she saw what time it was, she quickly went back past the lamppost and returned in the wardrobe. She told her siblings Edmund, Susan, and Peter about the forest but they didn’t believe her. Eventually, all of them end up going into the forest and an adventure begins.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
My friend recommended to me, and is an excellent book. I already read it twice.
This book is a classic that was basically written with a joke attached. Apparently J.R.R Tolkien once said that any decent story wouldn't have a lamppost in it, or something similar. How interesting, because C.S Lewis then went to write a story about a little girl finding one while exploring in the woods. Has anyone else caught the notion that the woods are basically trees "inside" another tree? Aka the wardrobe? I thought that was interesting. But usually, people read this as a child's story or a bedtime story. I personally think there is a lot more under the surface. Metaphors are not my personal strengths, but I think I caught the Aslan:God comparison. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I just started reading it. It's fun (and I liked the movie, too!). - Mat, age 6
Once, there were four siblings who were playing hide and seek on a rainy day. Lucy, the youngest of the siblings went into an empty room which only had a wardrobe in it and hid in there. She left a little bit of the wardrobe open so she didn’t lock herself and waited. No one came into that room, until she heard footsteps near the door. Quickly, she went deeper into the closet and hid there between several furry coats. While she was hiding, she felt as if though she was sitting on something rough. Not only that, but she felt something wet coming from above. Then Lucy realized that she wasn’t in her wardrobe at all, but in a snowing forest beside a lamppost. She had no idea how she got there. In that forest, she met a faun named Mr.Tumnus and went to his house to have a feast. When she saw what time it was, she quickly went back past the lamppost and returned in the wardrobe. She told her siblings Edmund, Susan, and Peter about the forest but they didn’t believe her. Eventually, all of them end up going into the forest and an adventure begins.
I barrowed this book from my school my teacher has this book i read it at home it's the best book ever i evan watched the movie when my little brother barrowed from the library i still have this book now i but i will have to retrun it to the school soon .
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the story of four siblings who discover an alternate world accessible through an old wardrobe in an old house. While there, they discover that they fulfill an ancient prophecy, and they help Aslan the lion defeat the White Witch and save Narnia (the alternate world).
In this short children's book you'll find centaurs and fauns and good magic and bad magic and heroic deeds and a benevolent giant lion. You'll rediscover wonder and awe from your own childhood.
I highly recommend this book (and the rest of the series) to everyone school-age and up!