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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Stop it!" cried Eustace. "It's some silly trick you are playing! Ow!" A great cold salt splash had broken right out of the frame and they were breathless from the smack of it, as well as being wet through.

Lucy and Edmund, stuck with their awful cousin Eustace, suddenly find themselves in a picture of a sailing ship, the Dawn Treader, and realise they have been drawn back into the land of Narnia. They are reunited with old friends, the young King Caspian and Reepicheep, the mouse on a voyage of discovery to the End of the World.

This was the third book written in The Chronicles of Narnia. It now stands as the fifth book in the series.

©1952, 1980 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd (P)2005 HarperCollins UK

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perfect

absolutely loved listening to this story, been a favourite since I was a child.. very good narrator

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All the stories in this series are so wonderful, 1 million percent better than the movies - if you liked the movies you’ll love these stories. This one is my favourite.

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Huh

I did not like the reader of the story a bit husky in his voice that was the only thing I don't like but other than that it's a good book to read for the whole family book. 😍

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Nor suitable reader.

I am very sorry Sir Derek but your voice is not, in my humble option, correct for C S Lewis Narnia books. I love you as Cadfael .

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  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • 28-12-2016

fun

It's my favorite Narnia book so far, it's fun
and exciting and awesomely great for kids
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  • Julie
  • 19-04-2016

Another great story of Narnia. It's great!

This time we are taken to multiple adventures on the sea. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

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  • James
  • 26-06-2014

Journey to the end of the world.

What made the experience of listening to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

Derek Jacobi's reading was excellent, probably the best narrated book of the series so far. It was an enjoyable listen, and reading along with the print version made the reading experience so much better.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3?

The most memorable moment for me was Eustace changing into a dragon, discovering himself and becoming a better person.

Any additional comments?

This is my favourite book in The Chronicles of Narnia series. It is well narrated by Derek Jacobi and the story is brilliant. A great listen and a great read.

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  • SSM
  • 29-05-2016

wonderful.

Great. Jacobi is amazing. One of the best. . . . . . . . .

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  • Derek Thorburn
  • 29-04-2016

Through The Picture

What made the experience of listening to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3 the most enjoyable? This book just has you enthralled right from the introductory paragraphs. What was one of the most memorable moments of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3? At the beginning when the picture came to life and they were dragged through it. What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like? I felt that he really made the book come alive. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Where Caspian met the lady who was to become his wife. Any additional comments? This book, for those who haven't yet read it, is the only one which doesn't take place in Narnia and there is only one talking beast on board, Reepicheep the mouse, who we meet in Prince Caspian. But the one person who Aslan needs to work on in this book is Eustace, who is a tiresome boy, sneering and jeering at his two cousins, Edmund and Lucy and their belief in Narnia. He is also selfish and Aslan meets him when he has run away from the ship when it has landed on one of the islands, for only Aslan can change him from a tiresome boy into a more thoughtful and well-behaved one. But Lucy also must learn a lesson as she gives into temptation in Koriakin's house, where she listens in to what her schoolfellows are saying about her. Since writing the above I, like so many others, have had to suffer the lockdown due to the coronavirus and the frustrations it has brought: separation from my friends, my some day wife to be, my work, given that the work I do requires me to be in the workplace and not working from home and no face to face fellowship with my fellow church brothers and sisters. I recently listened again to this book (don't ask me how many times I've listened to it or others in the series) and one passage at the very beginning of this book just jumped out at me. It tells how Edmund and Lucy didn't want to go to stay with their aunt and uncle but because the rest of the family were spending time in America they had to. This showed me that Aslan who, if you're reading the books from a Christian point of view, is Jesus, had paved the way for this to happen because, knowing Eustace's character, he needed to have that initial meeting with him which would not only change his selfish attitude but make him another friend of Narnia. In the same way I need to lean on Jesus and realise that he knows my frustrations and will one day restore me to those I so miss during this crisis. It is a book that will thrill you from the start.

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  • Harriet
  • 13-04-2013

Good

The book itself is brilliant. It's the perfect family book to settle down with and you can listen to whenever. The narration was brilliant, not the voice you would expect for a C.S.Lewis but Derek Jacobi does a fantastic job of putting it into context and bringing the characters voices to life. Would definitely recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-2020

ok

A tad disappointed by this. I am a fan of Derek Jacobi (his Hamlet at the Old Vic was the best thing I have seen on the stage) but this did not come up to my expectations. He uses a strange sing-song voice that sometimes is even squeaky, and the effect is somehow patronising, as if he is consciously talking to children and doesn't know how to do it normally. I had just listened to The Horse And His Boy, read by Alex Jennings, who is excellent as always and gets the tone exactly right. The performers need to remember that these books are loved and appreciated by all ages.

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  • Elaine here
  • 28-02-2019

Classic story well told

Like a lot of people I know this story inside out and can probably quote bits. Derek Jacobi tells it very well; giving it his own interpretation without imposing on the original.

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  • Imogen
  • 27-02-2017

The best of the series

definitely the best of all the narnia series. I really enjoyed this one. . .