"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

Actor Michael York ("Austin Powers," "Romeo and Juliet") reads from C.S. Lewis' classic book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

By C.S. Lewis

Published October 23, 2002 10:31PM (EDT)

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 16. Many years later, the faun was joined by an evil queen and a magnificent 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.

Narnia -- the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy is the place where the adventure begins. Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

Listen to actor Michael York read the first chapter of the book, courtesy of Harper Audio.

C.S. Lewis


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