Since 2006, when my daughter was born, so has my reading. Since then I have found great joy in audio books so that I can multi-task! We have an under-the-cabinet CD player that really makes washing dishes, chopping veggies, or kitchen clean up so much more pleasant. I borrow audio books from my public library every month. Some books, like the The Mysterious Benedict Society I don't want to miss a word and don't leave the room or talk to another person without pausing it. Most books I miss a word or two here and there, and that is okay.
I also enjoy listening to audio books in the car. Though I don't work, if I drive somewhere, it is typically a 20-35 minute drive. On our recent trip to family camp, I decided to enjoy some Narnia! Typically Derek doesn't prefer audio books, but he likes Narnia, so he was happy to listen. In preparation for release of the movie The Voyage of the Dawn Treader later this year, we listened to Focus on the Family's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in radio theater.
I really enjoyed this dramatization. Derek also liked it-much better than a regular audio book, which reads just like the book. This radio theater version had a large cast of voices and sound effects which helped even our three year old understand what was happening though the story is actually quite a bit "beyond" her. She would often ask us why something was happening. (She didn't like the sword fight! Oops!)
It has actually been years since I read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and I had forgotten most of it. One of the reviews at Amazon said that the closeness to the book was astounding.
Amazon actually has The Chronicles of Narnia set (radio theater) for two prices $19.78 or $99.99, and I can't figure out the difference. Boy, I am tempted to get the set for myself! The unabridged set is less than $50. However, I imagine all public libraries would have a set, though you may not have the option of unabridged or radio theater.
Whether you watch (and there are several different versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), listen, or read Narnia, it is bound to be a fun experience for you! If you are interested in reading what some others think of it, you can head over to Reading to Know. Carrie had a Narnia challenge this month!