Total Hours to Read: 13 hours and 23 minutes
(Averaging right around 2 hours per book)
--Average pages per minute for the series: 0.95
Romance: There is the barest mention of romance in a couple of the books.
Language: Occasional use of a** (although most often used in reference to the actual animal) and one veiled use of da*n.
Violence/Gore: There is a fair amount of violence strewn throughout, but these are childrens' books and Lewis knew what he was doing when he wrote them. There are many duels, battles, and even wars across the series, however, there is minimal (usually no) gore and the violence is often not described in detail. It is well presented for children.
Thoughts: For years I would listen to the radio drama of this series every Summer. It was a rather integral part of my childhood. I realized this Summer that I hadn't listened to the drama in quite a while, and that even worse I hadn't actually read the books since I couldn't even remember when! I decided that was something that needed to be rectified asap. I borrowed my friend's single-volume copy to take on vacation with me and read the series over the course of just about a week. I quickly realized how much was different between the radio drama and the books and was extra glad I had decided to re-read the books!
I love all the stories. I know everyone says they are a lot of allegory and metaphor. As an adult, I can see that, but at the same time I mostly choose to ignore it in favor of a good story. (If you are Christian and into all the allegory, etc, just be warned the theology can get shaky in The Last Battle.)
My main wish was that Lewis hadn't made the females such back-burner characters. They often had so much more potential than he seemed willing to let shine.
In the end: 4 out of 5 stars. For Narnia!!!
If you, like me, love this series but want something...more. Something with a bit more of an adult edge. Something that takes into consideration the issues of growing up royalty in a magical other world and then being unmercifully kicked back into mundane childhood, then check out my review of The Light Between Worlds and consider giving that a read. I HIGHLY recommend it!