The first book in this series is wonderful and imaginative. The following are still pretty good, but they get increasingly pushy on the religious front. By the end it just feels like I’m being yelled at by a priest, who is telling me to go to church.
The audio books are narrated by Patrick Stuart, who does a fantastic job, I recommend it.
I initially read this nearly 30 years ago, and maybe once since, but didn't remember it at all. My 7yo brought home a The Chronicles of Narnia compilation*, which put this book first, so he insisted we read it that way. Although I find myself siding with the "read them in the order they were written" crowd, I figured it would be okay, since he was already familiar with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
There are many parts of this story that are magical and lyrical and wonderful, but I also found the writing style to be a bit tiresome at times. I've been re-reading Narnia books in the past few years, and I don't remember having that reaction to others - maybe it was because I was reading this one aloud?