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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Signature Edition (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) #1-7)

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Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil-- what more could any reader ask for in one book? "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," written in 1949 by C. S. Lewis, has it all. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as "The Chronicles of Narnia,"

For over fifty years, "The Chron
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Hardcover, 800 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1949)
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Eleanor The books are set in chronological order as they are set in Narnia but should be read in the following order;
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
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The books are set in chronological order as they are set in Narnia but should be read in the following order;
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,
Prince Caspian,
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,
The Silver Chair,
The Horse and His Boy,
The Magician's Nephew,
The Last Battle.(less)
Nevermore Yes! Trust me, try it :) They have a different feel to them compared to the movies and the writing is wonderful.
Also, there are seven books and only…more
Yes! Trust me, try it :) They have a different feel to them compared to the movies and the writing is wonderful.
Also, there are seven books and only three of them have been made into movies so far. If you are not sure about reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" because you've seen the first movie, maybe start with "The Magician's Nephew" which has been released later but is the first one chronologically. It serves as kind of a prequel or origins story to all the other books and shows how Narnia and all the other worlds came into existence, how the witch came to Narnia, ...
Enjoy ;)

[If you count "The Magician's Nephew" as book 1, the movies are based on books 2, 4 and 5.
I can also recommend book 3, it is almost entirely based on different characters than the ones from the movies, which is why they filmed 4 and 5 first.](less)
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AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians, people who love lions
When the Lion/Witch/Wardrobe movie came out a while ago, some dude accosted me and said "Dude, the fucking right wing media is trying to say that the Narnia books are all about fucking Christianity!!!"

No shit. I figured that out when I was 9.

But who cares? If you can't enjoy these books at all, there is no child alive inside of you. And if you've got no child inside you, you're not very much fun at all, are you?
Kat Kennedy
I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia when I was six years old halfway through my first year of school. I had discovered the joys of our school library and I still remember the day and the exact shelf where I found The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was the lowest shelf, the one that rested on the ground and I had to crouch down to wiggle the book out from amongst its peers. By the time I'd finished first grade I'd read them all and searched high and low for any book series that could be a ...more
Christian Guzman
Overall I would give this book 3 stars. Below I have provided specific ratings/reviews for each story. At first I was skeptical about reading the book in chronological order as opposed to publication order. Now that I look back at it, it works well both ways. I also had some trouble at first with the way the style of writing was presented, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The world of Narnia is well written and detailed thanks to C.S Lewis. I can safely say that I liked the introduction of e ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Quick review

Terrific fantasy setting and storyline spoilt by extremely unsubtle allegory and (as the story progresses) excessive Christian preachiness. Warning: Racial stereotypes abound and may offend.

Recommended for adults who thrive in a Christian religious environment or those who can overlook these aspects totally and enjoy the story. Not for gullible children, unless accompanied by a discerning adult.

Detailed review

I won't insult the intelligence of respected GoodReaders by giving a sy
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Mansoor
The Magician's Nephew is easily the best story of the Chronicles. First of all, it's the least overtly religious. There is a creation-of-the-world element, but it's not our world so it seems more fantastic than religious. Not only is there a veil over the religiosity, there's so much creativity in this story: the magical rings, the in-between place, the Deplorable Word, the founding of Narnia.

Starting with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the religiosity becomes noticeable, with the Witch
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Jaclyn
May 02, 2008 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely EVERYONE!
I can't even begin to count how many times I've read "The Chronicles of Narnia." The truly amazing thing about these books is that each time you read them, they magically become more complex, more meaningful and more beautiful. I first read "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" when I was about seven or eight years old and I did not get it at all. Sure, I followed the story, but the deeper meaning was completely lost on me. Someone later told me that it was a Christian story and when I read the ...more
Mer
Apr 19, 2007 Mer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi...

(Click the above link to read professor Carol Zaleski's interesting take of the seething religious/political furor surrounding these classics.)

I pined for Narnia in the most broken, sad way when I was a little girl.

Obviously, I had no knowledge of any Christian subtext when I first read "Da Chroni *WHUT* cles". I remember devouring them in much the same way that children are now tearing through the Harry Potter series. Lewis's lavish descriptions of fauns
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whalesister
Mar 28, 2008 whalesister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I read the entire series, one right after another, eight times in a row when I got them for Christmas in fourth grade. Obviously I loved them then. Just finished reading them again to Eric, my 8-year-old, and loved them maybe just as must as I did as a 10-year-old. Eric couldn't stop giggling through the last pages of Horse and His Boy, which we had to reread when we finished the rest, since it was his favorite. We're starting Prince Caspian again, too--another favorite. I realized this go aroun ...more
Jarod
Aug 16, 2007 Jarod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly well-written, very imaginative, thoroughly enjoyable read. The narration is warm and witty, the protagonists are well developed and likable but not perfect (written perfectly, but with flaws that give the stories depth), and the settings are vivid and fantastic (remember those loony one-footed invisible things that hop around? and the ending, when the boat sails over that undersea city and then into the clouds at the edge of the world?).

I'm always annoyed when people confound the qualit
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Julie
Mar 21, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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Ruth
Mar 28, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how you can see Aslan as Jesus giving up his life for us. And the greater power or deaper magic that brings him back to life
midnightfaerie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft ...more
Daniel
Mar 17, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I read "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" when I was very young, and barely remember it. I never read the other books in the series. So now, as an adult, I'm reading the entire "Chronicles of Narnia." After a bit of Internet research, I decided to read them in order of publication, rather than the overall story's chronological order. I'll post individual reviews for each book, and slightly shorter opinions here.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The first in "The Chronicles of Narnia" is
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Lindsay Stares
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Elizabeth
Sep 11, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved these books my whole life. They are frequently misread, I think, by people who insist that everything in Narnia has to "equal" something in our world (Aslan=Jesus, Calormens=Muslims, Tash=Satan, etc.) While Lewis is clearly writing about God, as I read it, he is imagining how the Christian God might reveal himself in another world rather than allegorizing our own. Aslan is not "Jesus," but rather the earthly aspect of God as he reveals himself in Narnia. The Calormens are not Muslim ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) #1-7), C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
سرگذشت نارنیا مجموعه ای از هفت رمان خیالپردازانه اثر ماندگار سی.اس. لوئیس برای کودکان است
شیر، کمد و جادوگر (1950)؛ شاهزاده کاسپین (1951)؛ کشتی سپیده پیما (1952)؛ صندلی نقرهای (1953)؛ اسب و سوارش (1954)؛ خواهرزاده جادوگر (1955)؛ آخرین نبرد (1956)؛
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Carl
Jul 05, 2007 Carl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy, Tolkien, and MacDonald
I read this entire series multiple times when I was younger, I think near the end of elementary school or during Jr Hi, and actually got sick of it after too many reads and had to wait to rediscover it later on-- several times, in fact. The books are nice and short, yet each is a quality fantasy story, loaded, of course, with Lewis' exploration-in-fiction of man's relationship to diety and the world. Tolkien was always my favorite, but Lewis has his own particular approach to the fantastic which ...more
Luann
Aug 18, 2008 Luann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are AMAZING! They are a beautiful metaphor for the biblical story of Jesus's sacrifice for us.
Kecia
May 11, 2007 Kecia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children of all ages
After reading the reviews here I'm glad to know I wasn't the only kid searching for a way into Narnia.

I first read and fell in love with the series in the fourth grade. I read them over and over and over. Sometimes in series order, sometimes in chronological order. At some point I started saving them for Christmas break. I would read them every year at Christmas break. My family, all non-readers, thought this was a bizarre quirk of mine but they tolerated it.

When the movie came out I took my f
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Chiara
Jul 16, 2016 Chiara marked it as interrotti  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saghe, gr-100-fiction
Via, io ci riprovo.
Strategia di lettura: un romanzo al mese
Durata della lettura: sette mesi (giugno - dicembre)
Aspettative: non addormentarmi con il tomo sui polmoni (già successo più e più volte)
Il nipote del mago (dal 01/06 al 05/06) 3/5 stelline
In fin dei conti mi è piaciuto più di quanto pensassi: si vede che è una storia per bambini, a tratti è noiosa, poco descrittiva, ma in fin dei conti carina.
Ho adorato il tipo di narrazione.
Il leone, la strega e l'armadio (dal 01/07 al 10/07) 3/5
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Angigames
Mar 05, 2016 Angigames rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ma-anche-no
Lo ammetto, mi sono avvicinata a questo libro solo per l’uscita del film (che poi, vista la delusione della lettura, mi sono rifiutata di vedere).
E mi sono pure vergognata perché C. S. Lewis è uno dei padri del fantasy e io l’avevo sempre ignorato! Che dire? Avrei fatto meglio a seguire il mio istinto!
Questo libro è banale, pesante, lento e no, non è riuscito a conquistarmi, per niente!
Protagonisti odiosi, narrazzione troppo semplice, invece di incantarmi mi ha solo irritato!
Adatto, forse (e
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Hamster
I was in college the first time I read all the Chronicles of Narnia. Eight years later, I was ecstatic to get the whole set for free through the Goodreads first reader program. (Thanks to Harper Collins.) This time around I enjoyed them quite a bit more and understood the symbolism a little better. Rating on story alone I probably would give them three or four stars. But because all the stories are so deep in meaning and strike a chord with Christians everywhere, I've bumped the series up to AMA ...more
Ashlee Willis
Jul 19, 2013 Ashlee Willis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Well ... what can I say? I feel ridiculous trying to write a review about a series of books that have been so close to my heart since I was a very young child. How can I truly express how great they are, and how personally life-changing they were to me? I can't. So I will just say ..

If you haven't read these - read them. No matter who you are, or what age, or what type/genre of book you usually read - no one should go through life without having read this amazing series by one of the best author
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Book Elf
May 22, 2011 Book Elf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: borrowed-books
When I first grabbed the book, my thought was, "Oh my! There's a whole lot to read." As you can see, I have watched the Chronicles of Narnia movies 1 to 3 (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of The Dawn Treader) before reading the book itself, and it was so thick!. So when I came across the 1st book, I was puzzled. I thought, "oh, so The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was not the first book." Which made me felt silly. Then I read on.

The Magician's Nephew was a del
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Bene
Jun 07, 2015 Bene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Un giorno sarai grande abbastanza da ricominciare a leggere le favole."
C.S. Lewis.

Incredibile come questo libro mi catturi ogni volta, come se fosse la prima, come ogni volta mi commuova nei soliti punti, come non mi stanchi mai di rileggerlo
Il linguaggio è semplice e scorrevole ma tratteggiato con dettaglio.
La descrizione del paesaggio fiabesco è particolareggiata ma mai troppo lenta, poiché si alterna nei giusti momenti per dare spazio ai dialoghi e all'azione.
Quelle che potrebbero sembrare
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Doaa Abdelazeem
Apr 23, 2016 Doaa Abdelazeem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ليتها لم تنتهي -_-
Katherine
As a pre-teen/young teen I decided not to read these because they had to0 much magic. Yes, people-who-know-me, reel in shock! These weren't Christian enough for me! But now I love them... cue the quotes...

"But it is not, as some people think, an allegory" (“Letter to Sophia Storr,” in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, vol 3, 1113).

"You are mistaken when you think that everything in the books ‘represents’ something in this world. Things do that in The Pilgrim’s Progress but I’m not writing in
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Emily
Feb 17, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. Y'all.

I just finished reading this series for the first time, and let me tell you, THESE BOOKS ARE BEAUTIFUL. I had read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe once before, and had seen the movies of both LWW and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, so I had a basic idea of what happened there, but other than that knew next to nothing of Narnia (other than that it was an epic analogy for Biblical Creation up until the End Times-- and I love analogies for Christianity).

Until now.

My thou
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Joy
Aug 28, 2007 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all ages
okay.... so I read this in high school but it remains my favorite all time books. CS Lewis is brillant in his symbolism regarding the characters.
Rena
Nov 06, 2008 Rena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book a masterpiece--I enjoy them again and again...and the Christian symbols are part of what makes it great.
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) 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 th ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) (7 books)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

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“I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” 263 likes
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