The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia Series #3)

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia Series #3)

by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

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The abridged recording of the third volume in the timeless and enchanting Narnia classic, performed by Anthony Quayle. Two hours on one cassette. Read by Anthony Quayle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898458763
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1989
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 4.39(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Alex Jennings, a distinguished two-time Olivier Award winner, has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare and National Theatre productions; his films include The Four Feathers, The Wings of the Dove, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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The Horse and His Boy

Chapter Ten

The Hermit of the Southern March

After they had ridden for several hours down the valley, it widened out and they could see what was ahead of them. The river which they had been following here joined a broader river, wide and turbulent, which flowed from their left to their right, towards the east. Beyond this new river a delightful country rose gently in low hills, ridge beyond ridge, to the Northern Mountains themselves. To the right there were rocky pinnacles, one or two of them with snow clinging to the ledges. To the left, pine-clad slopes, frowning cliffs, narrow gorges, and blue peaks stretched away as far as the eye could reach. Shasta could no longer make out Mount Pire. Straight ahead the mountain range sank to a wooded saddle which of course had to be the pass from Archenland into Narnia.

"Broo-hoo-hoo, the North, the green North!" neighed Bree: and certainly the lower hills looked greener and fresher than anything that Aravis and Shasta, with their southern-bred eyes, had ever imagined. Spirits rose as they clattered down to the water's-meet of the two rivers.

The eastern-flowing river, which was pouring from the higher mountains at the western end of the range, was far too swift and too broken with rapids for them to think of swimming it; but after some casting about, up and down the bank, they found a place shallow enough to wade. The roar and clatter of water, the great swirl against the horses' fetlocks, the cool, stirring air and the darting dragonflies, filled Shasta with a strange excitement.

"Friends, we are in Archenland!" said Bree proudly as he splashed and churned his way out onthe Northern bank. "I think that river we've just crossed is called the Winding Arrow."

"I hope we're in time," murmured Hwin.

Then they began going up, slowly and zigzagging a good deal, for the hills were steep. It was all open park-like country with no roads or houses in sight. Scattered trees, never thick enough to be a forest, were everywhere. Shasta, who had lived all his life in an almost tree-less grassland, had never seen so many or so many kinds. If you had been there you would probably have known (he didn't) that he was seeing oaks, beeches, silver birches, rowans, and sweet chestnuts. Rabbits scurried away in every direction as they advanced, and presently they saw a whole herd of fallow deer making off among the trees.

"Isn't it simply glorious!" said Aravis.

At the first ridge Shasta turned in the saddle and looked back. There was no sign of Tashbaan; the desert, unbroken except by the narrow green crack down which they had travelled, spread to the horizon.

"Hullo!" he said suddenly. "What's that?"

"What's what?" said Bree, turning round. Hwin and Aravis did the same.

"That," said Shasta, pointing. "It looks like smoke. Is it a fire?"

"Sand-storm, I should say," said Bree.

"Not much wind to raise it," said Aravis.

"Oh!" exclaimed Hwin. "Look! There are things flashing in it. Look! They're helmets -- and armour. And it's moving: moving this way."

"By Tash!" said Aravis. "It's the army. It's Rabadash."

"Of course it is," said Hwin. "Just what I was afraid of. Quick! We must get to Anvard before it." And without another word she whisked round and began galloping North. Bree tossed his head and did the same.

"Come on, Bree, come on," yelled Aravis over her shoulder.

The race was very gruelling for the Horses. As they topped each ridge they found another valley and another ridge beyond it; and though they knew they were going in more or less the right direction, no one knew how far it was to Anvard. From the top of the second ridge Shasta looked back again. Instead of a dust-cloud well out in the desert he now saw a black, moving mass, rather like ants, on the far bank of the Winding Arrow. They were doubtless looking for a ford.

"They're on the river!" he yelled wildly.

"Quick! Quick!" shouted Aravis. "We might as well not have come at all if we don't reach Anvard in time. Gallop, Bree, gallop. Remember you're a war-horse."

It was all Shasta could do to prevent himself from shouting out similar instructions; but he thought, "The poor chap's doing all he can already," and held his tongue. And certainly both Horses were doing, if not all they could, all they thought they could; which is not quite the same thing. Bree had caught up with Hwin and they thundered side by side over the turf. It didn't look as if Hwin could possibly keep it up much longer.

At that moment everyone's feelings were completely altered by a sound from behind. It was not the sound they had been expecting to hear -- the noise of hooves and jingling armour, mixed, perhaps, with Calormene battle-cries. Yet Shasta knew it at once. It was the same snarling roar he had heard that moonlit night when they first met Aravis and Hwin. Bree knew it too. His eyes gleamed red and his ears lay flat back on his skull. And Bree now discovered that he had not really been going as fast -- not quite as fast -- as he could. Shasta felt the change at once. Now they were really going all out. In a few seconds they were well ahead of Hwin.

"It's not fair," thought Shasta. "I did think we'd be safe from lions here!"

He looked over his shoulder. Everything was only too clear. A huge tawny creature, its body low to the ground, like a cat streaking across the lawn to a tree when a strange dog has got into the garden, was behind them. And it was nearer every second and half second.

The Horse and His Boy. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

How Shasta Set Out On His Travels
A Wayside Adventure
At the Gates of Tashbaan
Shasta Falls In With the Narnians
Prince Corin
Shasta Among the Tombs
Aravis in Tashbaan
In the House of the Tisroc
Across the Desert
The Hermit of the Southern March
The Unwelcome Fellow Traveler
Shasta in Narnia
The Fight at Anvard
How Bree Became a Wiser Horse
Rabadash the Ridiculous

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The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 336 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the beginning is somewhat boring, I loved this story. C.S. Lewis does an excellent job combining wit, humor, and adventure in one book! I loved the Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but, The Horse and His Boy is probably my favorite! I loved the ending and how Lewis creates a futuristic image at the end of each book in the Chronicles of Narnia! Talking Beasts and Animals, Kings and Queens, and smart-alecky wit and humor make The Horse and His Boy and the Chronicles of Narnia a classic hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i know its not much but i truly recomend this is one of my favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Horse and His Boy is one of the most well-written books I have ever read! It is funny, serious, and always keeps you on end! The beginning is about how a boy is growing up as a slave, but he feels as if there is something more to his life. Throughout the book, the boy goes on a journey north to see who he really is. The way C.S. Lewis portrays his companions and describes the happenings as the boy goes along is unbelievable. The descriptions of how he feels when he rides a horse for the first time are very accurate to reality. Phrases like 'the wind in his hair' and 'his sore legs from the saddle' can help any reader to picture the story in their own imagination. Although very interesting and exciting, this book was only slightly boring on a few pages. There is a saying that goes, 'less talk more action'. I believe that quote could be applied here. He doesn't need to explain all the things happening as 'they rode along in the night, silently'. We as young readers, enjoy movement and we like to be kept in suspense. He could elaborate a little less and 'speed it up to the part about the battle'. I would reccomend this book to anyone the age of nine years or older because I enjoyed it and all of C.S. Lewis's books excellent for all ages too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WOULD recommend this book because it nice . It is exicitihg when they get to the tombs Shasta rides on a horse he has an adventure and he meets Arvais. By Mia
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ll give this book a four because it was a little slow at first, no action. Then the book would become faster but slow down at chapter seven. Chapter ten is when the book would speed up again. Other than that, it was a very interesting book. I would strongly suggest this book to sixth graders, maybe fifth graders but if you want to find the meaning or the message in the book, you will really have to think outside the box. If you¿re into a little mystery every now and then, then you should read this book. I am not into a mystery but I¿m into a surprise ending. If you¿re into something other than action, mystery, or science fiction, than don¿t read this book. Other than that, it was a very good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read it and really enjoyed the characters and story!She is now reading Smitty's Cave Adventures and recommends it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
like most other children, i was raised on the chronicles of narnia. over the years i've slowly distanced myself from them in place of the typical teenage fantasy smut and shallow sci-fi adventures, but with the release of prince caspian just a few weeks ago i brought myself back into the world of narnia. the horse and his boy is, by far, my absolute favorite--but make sure to read these books in the TRUE sequence! (the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe prince caspian the voyage of the dawn treader the silver chair the horse and his boy the magician's nephew the last battle) -- cs lewis wrote them in that order, so read them that way. (: the movies are following the right path, so follow that. good luck, and you'll LOVE them! it takes about one day to read each, if you go slowly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about a boy called Shasta running away from a fisherman who owns him to find his real family on a horse called Bree.But guess what adventures he awaits when he finds a companion who is also running away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a very good story and was therefore exciting. It kept me thinking what is happening. Even though the book was a little confusing it still made me want the book to keep on going.My favorite character is Peter even though he hardly appears in this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has lots of action,and a suprise around every bend. It has very little down time. the big battle at the end has nonstop action. It is every thing you would want in an action and more, with great back ground. It is geaat page tunner with a great twist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite book of all the narnia series. an outstanding book. this is a book that i would reccomend to anybody that loves fantasy. full of a lot of magic and talking animals.A story of a boy who is raised as a slave who runs away from home finding secrets of his past. read this if you like the Author C.S. lewis or the chronicles of narnia books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cronicles of Narnia, The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis is a book full of adventure. A talking horse name Bree and a boy named Shasta are on a journey to the magical land of Narnia. The meet a Princess running away from her arranged marriage and even seeing the kings and queens of Narnia. The princess was trying to find somewhere far from home so she went along with Shasta and Bree. They all lose each other in the crazy town of Tashban. Shasta even gets mistaken for a prince and Aravis (the princess) finds out her father is in the same town looking for her. They face much danger, worry and even war as thy grow closer to their destination of freedom. This book is full of adventure, like I said. It had a good story to it. C.S. Lewis explained everything so well it puts pictures in your mind (well at least mine.) So I would say it was very descriptive. Its one of those books you just can't stop reading. You want to know what happens, it keeps you wondering. I also thought that the characters were really good and funny. Overall I really liked the book and I'm not much of a reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of adventure. Al talking horse named Bree and a boy, Sshasta are on a journey to the magical land of Narnia. They meet a princess running away from her arranged marriage and even seeing the Kings and Queens of Narnia. The orincess was trying to find somewhere far from home so she went along with them. They all get separated trying to find each other in the crazy tow of Tashban. Shasta even gets mistaken for a prince, and Aravis (the princess) finds out he father in the same twon looking for her. Thay face much danger, worry and even was as tehy grow closer to their destination of freedom. This book is full of adventure like I said. It had a good story to it. C. S. Lewis explained everthing so well it put pitures in my mind. So I find it very descriptive, It's one of those books you can't stop reading, you can't just put it down. You want to know what happens, it keeps you wondering. I also thought that the characters here really good and funny. Overall I reaaly liked the book and I'm not much of a reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Narnian series, they're great, but this one is definitely my favorite one of the series. I love the plot and characters. I highly recommend this book. The Chronicles of Narnia are cool because they represent the story of God's love and His Plan, and Jesus' sacrifice(Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe, because of Aslan).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites. I love the style that it was written in. Near the beginning it might go a little slow, but after the second chapter it's full of adventure. I loved the characters and the horses and I loved how in future books the characters in this book are historical figures. Read the first two books in the series before reading this one. These books are written so smoothly it makes you want to read the 4th book in the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Horse and His Boy is great book full of excitement. It is great for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was so good. i loved all the books of Narina, but this was the best! you have to read this book! it starts out really good and it ends even better! i promise that you will love it. you will fall in love with all the people and creatures just like i did when i read it. i have read it at least 6 times and everytime i find something i missed, and everytime i finish it i wish i had the time to go back and visit Narina all over again. Shasta and Araivs were made for each other. i like books where the girl can kick butt, but doesnt show off or be controling. but dont get me wrong, that is only a little peice of the book! i wish it was longer. read it and you will agree with me, this book rocks!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Think You Should Really Read this Book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have ever read! I sugjest read this book and buy it. (Good if you like adventure and exitment.)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had nothing to do with narnia except for the ending that was the only good part other than the end it was confusing and boring
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Horse and His Boy is the fifth book in the Chronicles of Narnia (in publication order) It has always been my favorite (if one can pick a favorite among the Chronicles!) and I was looking forward to hearing Focus on the Family Radio Theatre's adaptation. It did not disappoint.I really like the actors they chose for Shasta and Aravis. Shasta especially had a slightly breaking quality to his voice that I found pleasant. It helped to distinguish him from the other young male actors in the series. Aravis had just the right balance of youth and attitude. Bree was fantastic, and so was Hwin. The four really picked up on the subtle underlying humor of their interactions. I do have to say I'm not a fan of some of the music in this one. The "Arabian Nights" feel is great, but the calmer guitar-picking reminds me terribly of the music from The Princess Bride. And it's not a connection I want to make with Narnia, much as I enjoy that story!I was disappointed when I got to the scene with the Tisroc and Rabadash, and there was no Ahoshta Tarkaan! He doesn't add much to the plot importance of the scene, of course, but the scene as originally written is one of the comic highlights of the Chronicles for me. I don't know if they were trying to tighten the timing or what, or make sure the action wasn't obscured by the fun, but I wish Ahoshta would have been there.But these are probably my only quibbles. Overall, it's a great adaptation that loses nothing of the adventure and excitement ¿ and thrilling spiritual parallels ¿ of the original story. For Narnia and the North!
jenreidreads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the FOURTH book in the Chronicles of Narnia.I love that we get a whole volume of the Chronicles devoted to a story from the time when the Pevensies reigned in Cair Paravel. It doesn't seem to add much to the main timeline of the country of Narnia - Narnia doesn't need to be saved here, and Aslan doesn't play that prominent of a role - but the magic of the world comes through clearly.
CUViper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Narnia book is nice for not having too much of the four normal characters, but it's rather mostly from the perspective of the boy Shasta. It's a coming of age story of sorts, but I like that even his successes and courageous moments feel rather genuine. He does what he thinks is right, even though he's scared, and only later does he realize his own bravery from those moments.