This forum was closed on October 1st, 2010. However, the archives are open to the public and filled with vast amounts of good reading and information for you to enjoy. If you wish to meet some Wardrobians, please visit the Into the Wardrobe Facebook group.

Best CON audio books?

Please don't close the door behind you.

Postby Larry W. » 05 Jan 2007, 20:19

I also like Dawn Treader the best of the seven stories. I wonder how realistically the sea voyage will be presented when Anrdrew Adamson makes his movie of the book.

The reason why the readings of the Narnia books were only about one hour on the vinyl LP's was probably to reduce the size and expense of the package. Remember how much larger the records were than today's CD's. The LP's had nice artwork on the covers-- the same pictures as on the covers of the old paperback editions but much larger. A set of eight records (or fourteen if they devoted two hours to each book) instead of four would have been more expensive and would have taken a huge amount of shelf space, not to mention the cost of shipping. However, when the same set came out on CD and cassette nothing had changed except that three more books were added-- The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle. But there was also only an hour devoted to each of these books. We had at least twice as much story with Focus on the Famly, but today there is the advantage of the smaller format of the CD's, although the old vinyl still sounds great-- even after 25 - 30 years.

Larry W.
Larry W.
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 1721
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Western Michigan

Postby Shadowland Dweller » 20 Jan 2007, 00:55

well the drama in Aslan's voice still made me cringe even to the bitter (sweet) end, but I realize as with movies, one cannot love everything about the presentation, so, life and dramatic readings go on :)

I have to say that I really love the voice for Eustace and Rillian was pleasant too, once he was "un-spelled" the laugh he did whilst under the spell was flat out annoying, which I found fun.

That is all I can think of right now, except that I kept putting off listening to the last battle, and I liked most of the voices in it. It was funny when I finally turned it on and heard Douglas Gresham talking about the sadness of many when they understood that last battle was the last for Narnia.....I totally related! lol

I think I will head to the library and check out the audio for LotR. I like audio and am so glad that people saw the need for it! With a 3year old and lots of household chores to do, I never get to read anymore....
User avatar
Shadowland Dweller
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 2511
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: wouldn't YOU like to know!

Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 20 Jan 2007, 04:51

There's an audio LOTR?? :idea: Must buy!!!
"If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don't like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself."--St. Augustine of Hippo
User avatar
Messenger_of_Eden
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 6951
Joined: Dec 2005

Postby Larry W. » 20 Jan 2007, 12:36

Wasn't that the radio program that was broadcast back in the 1970's? It was a long time ago, but I remember it. The version is considered to be quite accurate to the books, and since there were many programs, it offered much of the original story. There are audio clips from the broadcasts on the "Lord of the Rings Fanatics Site" if you wish to sample them: http://www.lordotrings.com/noflash/artmedia/sound.asp. Radio dramas are not broadcast very often on the radio anymore-- it might be a good idea to borrow the set from a library instead of purchasing it, which would probably be expensive.

I added "The Lord of the Rings Fanatics Site" to my favorites-- one of the best Tolkien websites. I like it so much. :smile: Here is the home page: http://www.lordotrings.com

Larry W.
Larry W.
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 1721
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: Western Michigan

Postby LucyPevensie » 20 Jan 2007, 20:48

I tried to listen to the Magician's Nephew on tape but I always kept drifting off and thinking of something else. I really have to be reading a book :read: to stay focused. :smile:
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
User avatar
LucyPevensie
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 118
Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Locked in a wardrobe and can't get out.

Postby Shadowland Dweller » 03 Feb 2007, 00:03

well after listening to CoN dramatized and Fellowship of the Ring narrated, I can safely say that I prefer my stories to be narrated instead. Tolkien is a bit wordy, but I still prefer the one person talking and the noises and what not being left to my own imagination......I have a rather healthy imagination so it's really no extra bit of trouble for me to generate my own sound effects :toothy-grin:
User avatar
Shadowland Dweller
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 2511
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: wouldn't YOU like to know!

Postby Messenger_of_Eden » 03 Feb 2007, 00:28

I like them both ways. I loved the CoN (FOF) because of the epic scores and great drama, the sound effects and all. (just takes getting used to that Aslan...) but I listened to the Space Trilogy next, and it was only read, not dramatized. It was good too, though it took me a while to get used to not hearing sound effects and such. Now I am listening to Stephen Lawhead's The Paradise War, the first in his Song of Albion trilogy. I suspect that it is him reading it. He has a funny voice, like Frank Peretti, if it is him reading it. but I am enjoying his take on the characters. Great fun! The trick for me is forcing myself to only listen to it in the car. This is for the COMMUTE, not LIFE!! I am loving it. :toothy-grin: IPods Rock!!
User avatar
Messenger_of_Eden
Wardrobian
 
Posts: 6951
Joined: Dec 2005

Previous

Return to The Chronicles of Narnia

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered members and 2 guests