List price: £55.00|
Our price: £54.99
Average customer rating:
4.5 out of 5
Media: Audio CD|
ISBN/ASIN : 0007166508
Manufacturer : Collins Audio|
Release data : 20 August, 2007
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Just buy it!
Like other reviewers, I have listened to these stories since I was a child, when my parents bought them on cassette for long car journeys. They had to buy them all again, since we wore out the tapes listening to them so much! Now they are available on CD I have bought them again. The stories are beautifully read by Sir Micheal Horden, and the music is a wonderful accompanyment to his voice. The music includes Bach and Beethoven, as well as originail music composed by Marisa Robles for the series.
If you are a Narnia purist you may not like these versions, but for me they remain some of the best spoken word productions I have ever heard. Buy them for young children, and they will not be disappointed.
A wonderful gift!
This box set is a truly wonderful gift for Narnia fans of all ages. And, dare I say it, I actually prefer it to the unabridged books which I've read. I never thought I'd say that! Although as these books are so short, there's not a grate deal missed out. Perhaps some of the really young lines where the author addresses the reader or compares life in Narnia to life in England, so nothing really major left out.
What makes this box set so special is the musical score that was written for it. The books are read by Michael Hordan, who is sadly no longer with us. He has a wonderfully distinctive voice which really transports the reader in to Narnia in a way that no other reader has ever managed. His narration is accompanied by some beautiful music played on harp and flute.
I first got these books from the library when I was quite little, and my life-long love of Narnia was born. They remain some of my favourite books and I was delighted when they came out on CD years later and I was able to by them. I well remember lying on my bed, listening to The scene in The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe when Aslan is killed, sobbing my heart out. His death was accompanied by Moon Light Sonata, which made it all the more powerful, and is consequently my favourite piece of classical music.
I can hear people saying, "music and narration together? Oh please no!" but I assure you, it really does work, and it's not the whole way through. There are certain theme tunes you come to recognize, like those for Aslan or the white which. I remember trying to listen to the books without music and it just wasn't the same. It just helps to add an extra bit of wonder and magic to Lewes's timeless imagination.
This is a wonderful & magical version of the chronicles of Narnia. Michael Hordern has an amazing voice that is very easy to listen to and his reading brings the books to life.The harp & flute music adds atmosphere to the stories. We had cassette tapes of this version back in the 80's and loved listening to them so much that my now adult daughter who lives in central america wanted them on disc so she can listen to them on her computer. Definately the one to get.