The Chronicles of Narnia (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)

by C. S. Lewis

Audiobook(Other - Unabridged - 19 CDs)

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Beloved by generations for more than 50 years, this classic children's series is now available in a special adult edition.

C.S. Lewis' classic series is now available in an attractive streamline paperback volume that includes the complete text of all seven books. A Pauline Baynes illustration pulled from the original 1950s editions graces each chapter, and the unabridged text is presented in C.S. Lewis' original spelling and punctuation. Now adults can enjoy the entire series as much as the next generation.

Author Biography: C. S. Lewis, Oxford University don and prolific writer, was one of the most brilliant Christian philosophers and apologists of the 20th century. At the same time, Lewis had the uncanny ability to speak clearly to even the very young. Since his death in the early 1960's, his books - which range from fiction to non-fiction and from juvenile to adult audiences - have created a lasting legacy for him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589971493
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: Unabridged - 19 CDs
Pages: 19
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 5.24(h) x 3.26(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis,was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898. As a child, he was fascinated by the fairy tales, myths, and ancient legends recounted to him by his Irish nurse. The image of a faun carrying parcels and an umbrella in a snowy wood came to him when he was sixteen. Many years later, the faun was joined by an evil queen and a magnificient lion. Their story became The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. Six further Chronicles of Narnia followed, and the final title, The Last Battle, was awarded the United Kingdom's prestigious Carnegie Award.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

Read an Excerpt

The Magician's Nephew

Chapter One
The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chapter One
Lucy Looks Into the Wardrobe

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs. Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him...

The Horse and His Boy

Chapter One
HowShasta Set Out On His Travels

This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.

In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheesh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father. The boy's name was Shasta. On most days Arsheesh went out in his boat to fish in the morning, and in the afternoon he harnessed his donkey to a cart and loaded the cart with fish and went a mile or so southward to the village to sell it. If it had sold well he would come home in a moderately...

Prince Caspian

Chapter One
The Island

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia. While they were in Narnia they seemed to reign for years and years; but when they came back through the door and found themselves in England again, it all seemed to have taken no time at all. At any rate, no one noticed that they had ever been away, and they never told anyone except one very wise grown-up.

That had all happened a year ago, and now all...

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Chapter One
The Picture in the Bedroom

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother," but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Eustace Clarence liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

The Silver Chair

Chapter One
Behind The Gym

It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.

She was crying because they had been bullying her. This is not going to be a school story, so I shall say as little as possible about Jill's school, which is not a pleasant subject. It was "Coeducational," a school for both boys and girls, what used to be called a "mixed" school; some said it was not nearly so mixed as the minds of the people who ran it. These people had the idea that boys and girls should be allowed to do what they liked. And unfortunately what ten or fifteen of the biggest boys and girls liked best was bullying the others. All sorts of things, horrid things, went on which at an ordinary school would have been found out and stopped in half...

The Last Battle

Chapter One
By Caldron Pool

In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape. He was so old that no one could remember when he had first come to live in those parts, and he was the cleverest, ugliest, most wrinkled Ape you can imagine. He had a little house, built of wood and thatched with leaves, up in the fork of a great tree, and his name was Shift. There were very few Talking Beasts or Men or Dwarfs, or people of any sort, in that part of the wood, but Shift had one friend and neighbor who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend. He did...

Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 373 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The "Narnia" stories themselves are wonderful, of course. The major problem with the set is that the books are numbered to correspond with the chronological order in which the stories are set -- rather than the chronological order in which Lewis wrote them. Narnia beginners will find this confusing. The excellent illustrations are the originals but have been more recently colored by the original artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia set are what dreams are made of. The Witch, The Wardrobe, The Lion is a longing journey to our imagination. The writing of Narnia is fantastic. The characters and creatures are the best to be found. But the real magic comes when not only the time you find these books to be your inner fantasy world to bloom, but that of your children. From day one I have been enthralled by the magic of Narnia. But the real magic happened to me when I saw my son reading Narnia to himself in his room. Hours passed, he continued 'till he fell to sleep. The following day when he came home from school he resumed reading from which he left. For three days my son continued through the first book to it's end. My little boy never before showed any interest in reading before, especially since the time he suffered a serious illness when he was young. The magic of Narnia has done more than I could have dreamed for my little boy. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These classics will stand the test of time, but seem to be better read in the original order, with 'Lion, Witch, Wardrobe' coming first... I'm not sure why they changed it (or who changed it.)
BookLover1010 More than 1 year ago
I loved this boxed set. I have read these book many times over the years and I am a collector of books. I had purchased the leather bound edition of these book at a local Barnes and Noble store because on the webiste it had said full-color illustrations, but they were black and white. They also only had illustrations on the chapter pages. I believe they have since changed the description online. I was disappointed. This is the only full-color edition I could find. I always prefer hardcover when I can get them but there were no hardcover, full-color editions I could find. So for paperback these exeeded my expectations. The pages are thick and glossy and it includes all original illustrations in full color. It is amazing!! I love it. The kids won't be allowed to touch this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few books have really inspired me, but that would seem odd by the looks of me. I'm only 14, but I'm totally hooked on reading. Just 2 days ago I finished this series of books, and I have been wanting to write my own novel since I was 5 or 6, but absolutely nothing really made me think about it, and now I do. I read the first book, The Magician's Nephew, about a year ago but I never really took much interest in it. I think you have to be a bit older and more mature to fully appreciate the quality of these books. Like a good movie, only better, these books will make you laugh, cry, and altogether just wish you could be in Narnia too. Who could ask for more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to find a hardback collection but couldn't find any without the pictures from the movie on them. I bought this set, a little hesitant, but I couldn't be happier with it. The books are well-made and the illustrations are really nice. The stories, of course, are just lovely. HIghly recommend!!
Veeren More than 1 year ago
First off, this box set is much smaller than you think. I remember reading a few books in the series when I was younger, so I decided to get this. The books are great, and they look amazing. There's no 'yellow seal' as the other reviewer said, and the box looks beautiful. The series is excellent and leaves nothing to be said. You just have to read it yourself to enjoy it. Each book is short, however, and can be finished within a day. However that doesnt take away from how good the series is.
HKG More than 1 year ago
I had these books as a child and loved them. I still have the first 5 of the books (though in the original chronological order) that were printed in the early 1970's. I did not realize I was missing out on all the illustrations, though. I see now, on my copies, it says "With pictures adapted from illustrations by Pauline Baynes". There is one illustration at the top of each chapter and that is it. I bought "The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set (Collector's Ed.)" not only to have all seven books again for me to read and that my daughter can read when she is a few years older, but also to have all the beautiful illustrations with the added bonus of being color!
Kenziegirlxo More than 1 year ago
Timeless. These 7 books are so consistent with each other that you can read them as a whole. You can enjoy them at 14 or 84. It is a fairy tale for all ages. I have had my set for years and will pass them on to my children. When I was young the Chronicles of Narnia inspired me to read more books. They are easy to understand and entertain as well as teaching life lessons. Definitely one of my favorites.
Samantha-Issac More than 1 year ago
This is a series you can read over and over throughout life. I read these books to my daughters when they were little, enjoying it more than they did, I think! Now I have the set for my grandchildren and will read it to them. This wonderful story of good and evil never goes out of style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this collection in the store around Christmas time. I'm a life-long Radio Theatre listener and have slowly but surely been collecting all of FOTF Radio Theatre's work. I already own The Chronicles of Narnia recording and I paid well over $130 for them. To see all of them for only under $15.00 was mind-boggling! They are truly wonderful retellings of Lewis' best loved piece. They go beyond the "audio book" and become a true feast for the senses. This collection has accompanied me on road trips since I was 10 years old. I purchased 5 in order to have gifts for everyone. If you want to stay engaged during a long commute, have company during a power walk or want to get your kids to read more, this will do the trick!
Kairuh More than 1 year ago
I think this may just be the best value I've ever gotten for my money when it comes to a book/CD/DVD purchase. These audio dramas are magnificently done. This is much more than just a narration or reading of the book. It really comes alive. In fact, I much prefer these audio dramas to the recent movies! If you are a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia do not pass up the opportunity to own these magnificent dramas. I would also strongly recommend these to fans of the Adventures in Odyssey radio dramas.
taterzngravy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This audio production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is worthy of the books that it represents, and is typical of all the titles that "Radio Theatre " produces.. As the title indicates, all of the books of the Narnia series are included. Douglas Gresham, a stepson of C. S. Lewis, introduces and concludes each book. He relates anecdotes and background to the stories that lend to the appreciation of the stories. This series is a theatrical production and not a book read on tape. The production is outstanding. Since British actors perfom the script, the atmosphere is similar to that of the books. The acting is superb and the directing marvelous. A favorite scene of mine is the parliment of owls in "The Silver Chair." The production of that scene is remarkable, and the result is hilarious. The entire production enables the listener to reside in Narnia for at least awhile. It also confirms that this series of books is timeless.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a review of the Scholastic boxed set published in 1995. I like the covers for this edition of "The Chronicles of Narnia". Unfortunately, the series has been numbered chronologically and I really prefer reading them in the order they were published. I like the more whimsical flow to the stories. Plus I think the real essentials about Narnia are introduced best in the first books written. Mr. Lewis has written engaging stories that also reveal a lot about his personal feelings towards Christ and Christian doctrine. They give the Christian reader another way to understand the truths of the Bible.
Alie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember my third grade teacher reading all of these to my class as a child, and it is so wonderful to read them again through the adult lens. Each book is different but builds into a wonderful overall story. They are creative and completely transports the reader to another place and time. Excellent books for children and adults.
Abbsalah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read! The omnibus book puts it in chronological order, but I would HIGHLY recommend reading them in the order they were published instead! Sometimes the Christianity was just a little too much for me, but I found that if I just accepted it for what it is, I could handle it. Lewis is predictable in some places, but there are other times when he's extremely imaginative. I loved the monopods and the Marsh-wiggles!I don't think The Chronicles of Narnia are as complex as Tolkien's Lord of the RIngs or as moving/heartfelt as Harry Potter, but it's still a fun read!
PrincessHeart1997 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the Chronicles of Narnia fantasic! It brought back many childhood memories and brought back this raw fire of imagation i've lost for a while. Inspiration for my art picked up soon as i got to the 2nd book in the series.However, i found the Bible realations quite annoying, scary even. I didn't realise when i was a child was shocking, i'm not ani-god but i not a believer either. It's nice though, like a simple verison on the Bible.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This edition contains all seven Narnia novels in the order C.S. Lewis wished them to be read.In The Magician's Nephew, Digory and his friend, Polly, are sent to another world by wearing rings created by Uncle Andrew. Here they unwittingly wake Queen Jadis, who creates havoc in 1900's London. This is a very interesting introduction to the beginning of Narnia by Aslan.In The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lucy and her brothers and sister travel to Narnia through a wardrobe at Professor Kirke's house. While in Narnia, they must help defeat the White Witch to help Aslan.In The Horse and His Boy, Shasta runs away from home with a talking horse with the intent of going to Narnia. Along the way, they join with another talking horse and Aravis, who is escaping an arranged marriage.In Prince Caspian, Caspian uses a magic horn to call Susan, Peter, Edmund and Lucy back to Narnia, although it is not the Narnia they remember. Together, they work to restore Caspian to his throne.In Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Edmund, Lucy and their foul cousin Eustace are sucked into a picture onto Prince Caspian's ship, The Dawn Treader. They join him on a journey to the end of the earth, having adventures along and changing things while they journey. In The Silver Chair, Eustace and his friend, Jill, are pulled back into Narnia to help find Prince Rilian, Caspian's son. They are helped along the way by Puddleglum a Marsh-wiggle.In The Last Battle, Prince Tirian must fight agains Shift, The Ape, who says that Aslan is with him and wants to enslave all of Narnia.These are magical books which will charm any child, young or old.
jddunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe2. Prince Caspian3. Dawn Treader - Definitely my favorite read of the Narnia books as an adult. It has the best wonder / delight / nobility to preaching / racism / sexism ratio of the lot. An abundance of the good things that made me fall in love with Narnia, and very few of the bad ones that sometimes make me regret that love as a critical reader. Also, adventure on the high seas, and lots of Reepicheep. 'Nuff said.4. The Silver Chair - Continuing my post-movie Narnia revival with my 2nd-favorite of the series. This one has the most sense of good old=fashioned quest / adventure to me. Also, the best comic relief. Puddleglum is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. Reshpeckobiggle!5. The Horse and His Boy6. The Magician's Nephew7. The Last Battle
Hbanana22 More than 1 year ago
My boys are enjoying this series immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great gift for a young reader.
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Stories are not new, but new to me. Good reading, with interesting deeper meaning. Grandkids got me reading the series.