Edmund and Lucy, accompanied by their horrid cousin, Eustace, board King Caspian's magnificent ship Dawn Treader and embark on a voyage to find the seven Lords of Narnia who were banished by the evil Miraz. Their journey takes them to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, to the very End of the World--the mystical home of Aslan. The fifth book of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader perfectly captures the magic and spirit of adventure that have made this series one of the best-loved children's epics of all times.
The BBC Radio production of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a delightful two-hour sail on the most fabulous ship in Narnia. Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true. The adaptation is faithful to its source, C.S. Lewis's series of Narnia books, which have provided exciting and uplifting tales for generations of children. BBC Radio does wonders with sound effects--the ship creaks in the wind, the sorrowful dragon roars lugubriously--and musical cues and interludes that keep the pacing dynamic. There's also a splendid cast of plummy British voices, making this far more than a book read onto cassette--it's an audio drama, as enjoyable as a trip to the theater. Grownups who buy this tape for their children will want to borrow it for themselves. (Running time: two hours, two cassettes) --Blaise Selby
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