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daughter of the King
Princess Dot Moderator

Here is the general thread to discuss audio versions of Narnia!

I have yet to listen to any of the audiobooks, and have only heard bits and pieces of the BBC radio versions, but I first listened to the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre versions when I was a kid and greatly enjoyed them. One of the first times I really fell in love with Narnia was listening to the first time Digory enters the Wood Between the Worlds. The image of that wood stuck with me for years.

Do ya'll have a favorite audio adaptation?

Narniaweb sister to Pattertwig's Pal

Posted : June 7, 2020 4:26 pm
The Rose-Tree Dryad
Secret Garden Agent Moderator

I'm about to embark on the adventure of listening to the Focus on the Family radio dramas for the first time and I am VERY excited. Grin I've heard so many great things about them over the years!!

I was going to start the series with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but I saw some Narnia fans say that the best one to start with is The Magician's Nephew. *cough* @impending-doom *cough* Tongue Anybody want to weigh in on this and help me decide? Giggle

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Posted : June 7, 2020 6:42 pm
Col Klink
NarniaWeb Nut

Well, you can argue that it's better to start with The Magician's Nephew because, unlike with the book series, I believe it was actually produced first and always intended to be the beginning. (In the opening narration, they refer to Narnia as if the listener hasn't heard anything about it where Lewis referred to it as if readers had.) I'd still probably start with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe though out of "party loyalty." (And that actually was the audio drama to which I listened first.) Since you're already familiar with the stories, I don't think it's a huge deal.

For better or worse-for who knows what may unfold from a chrysalis?-hope was left behind.
-The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen

Posted : June 7, 2020 7:53 pm
NarniaWeb Nut

I’m sure you’ll love the focus on the family dramas! They are a favorite of mine. Seeing as how you aren’t new to Narnia, I don’t think it’ll matter too much in what order you listen. 

Posted : June 7, 2020 10:40 pm
Member Moderator

I sort of remember listening to the Focus on the Family adaptations when they first came out; but not well enough to know which one I heard first, apparently. I do know I've listened to them all multiple times since then, so I'm going to say @rose should start with Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It's rather like you, the listener, are pulled through the painting with Edmund and Lucy and Eustace. Smile  

Posted : June 11, 2020 7:18 am