Ages 8 & up
Written by C.S. Lewis - Audio book performed by full cast - Dramatized Fiction - 3 COMPACT DISCS - 3 hours, 20 minutes
Publisher, Focus on the Family Publishing (October 2000)
The printed version of this title was selected by The New York Review of Books' "Reader's Catalog" as one of the 40,000+ Best Books in Print!
"We have no time to lose. Go and wake the others and tell them to follow me. If they will not, then you at least must follow me alone."
Aslan, the great lion, was on the move. But would Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund follow him, even though Aslanís way seemed impossible? Or would they follow their own path in their perilous journey to aid Prince Caspian in his quest to free Narnia from the devious King Miraz?
Prince Caspian, the fourth book in C.S. Lewisí Chronicles of Narnia was originally called Drawn into Narnia, because Lewis liked the idea of the main characters being pulled or summoned into another world for reasons unknown to them. The idea finds its parallel in how people are often called by faith into circumstances and service without knowing the outcome.
Lewis explored the theme further by making Prince Caspianís heroes and heroines the same four children from his earlier The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But upon their arrival, they realize this is not the Narnia they once knew. Something has gone terribly wrong. They wind up lost and hungry. Then, when they meet a peculiar dwarf, they are caught up in an adventure that would try the faith of even the most steadfast adults.
In Prince Caspian, Lewis also explored such themes as the restoration of things that are true, the battle between good and evil, spiritual obedience and discernment, and the festive joy that results when what was wrong has been put right. Though these themes can be found in all of the Chronicles of Narnia, no story presents these themes in a more fascinating manner than Prince Caspian.
Again and again, Lewis explored themes of unbelonging in this world, because he believed we were made for another world. To paraphrase Lewis: We long for something more than we get in this life because we are heirs to something greater. Which is why it's no surprise that Calormen lacks the "magic" of Narnia. There, Shasta and the others experience the raw and very harsh edge of life without the "magic" of a transcendent hope. There, a Great Force works under cover of night to guide our friends to their final destination. And it is only when they reach the "North" that they find their heart's true home. They have gone from unbelief to belief. And then the magic truly begins.
Cast and Crew
- Paul McCusker Adaption and Direction with additional direction by Philip Glassborow
- Todd Busteed Sound Design and Mix
- John Campbell Music Composers and Orchestrators
- Paul Scofield as the Storyteller Paul Scofield is a renowned actor of stage and screen with a career that began with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1946. Since then he has become a much-loved performer in British theatre, originating such classic roles as Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (for which he won the Academy Award for the film version) and Salieri in Amadeus. Mr. Scofield also received an Oscar nomination for his performance in the Robert Redford-directed Quiz Show and critical acclaim for Hamlet (with Mel Gibson), Henry V (with Kenneth Branagh) and The Crucible. His theatrical awards include the highly-prized Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
- David Suchet as Aslan Perhaps best known for his definitive portrayal of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, David Suchet is a consummate actor who regularly appears on stage (Amadeus), in films (A Perfect Murder, Harry & The Hendersons, Thirteen At Dinner) and on television (Moses, Solomon, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Gulag). Mr. Suchet has won such prestigious honors as the Ace Award, the BAFTA Award, the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Critic's Circle Award.
- Freddie Findlay as Peter Freddie has worked on British television and in films, where his roles have included Alexei in the HBO production of Rasputin, and the leading role in Feast At Midnight.
- Katherine Suchet as Susan Katherine enjoys acting and dancing, which she has been studying since the age of five, and has taken part in numerous competitions and festivals. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is her radio debut.
- Matthew White as Edmund Matthew has been acting since the age of five, working regularly on stage in such productions as A Kid for Two Farthings, Peter Pan, and A Snow Queen. He was also the voice of Jon in the animated Bible Mouse series.
- Elizabeth Eaton as Lucy Elizabeth has studied at the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. She has wide experience on stage, including the role of Jenny in the musical Scrooge, and as Young Maria in the Miramax film Mansfield Park.
- Chris Emmett as trumpkin One of Britainís leading voice artists, Chris has been a star of The News Huddlines on BBC Radio for twenty-four years, also regularly appearing on other TV and radio shows. On stage, he has done everything from a Ben Jonson play dating from 1609 to Tom Stoppardís Rough Crossing to Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney at the Savoy Theatre, London.
- Richard Sushet as Prince Caspian
- Tenniel Evans as Doctor Cornelius
- Hosted by Douglas Gresham Douglas Gresham is the son of novelists W.L. Gresham and Joy Davidman and the stepson of C.S. Lewis. His career has ranged from farming to radio and television presentation. He is now the artistic advisor to the C.S. Lewis Estate and is also a preacher, speaker and broadcaster. He and his wife Merrie run a non-denominational ministry from their home in Ireland. His autobiography, Lenten Lands, tells of his childhood with Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis.