It's very well-read, voices are excellently done. And overall, it's a great story.
I wish the recording had included everything that was in the book. I read the book once before, a long time ago, and kept waiting for the bit where the Wart visited an ant colony (one of the few things I remember clearly from the time I read it before. It was about 30 years ago now). It never arrived. Thought I was losing my mind. I checked a physical copy of the work, and there it is, beginning of Chapter 13. They also skipped the bit where the Wart, after being turned into an owl and being taught how to fly, is turned into a goose. They probably skipped it because they skipped the ant colony, as this experience is a sharp contrast to the other one.
If I hadn't known they were missing, I suppose I wouldn't miss those parts at all. But still. I wish a recording wouldn't call itself unabridged when it isn't.
This is a book I read several times as a youngster, over 40 years ago. I so enjoyed listening to it because the recording brought back former associations. The narrator of this book, Neville Jason, is delightful to listen to--his characterizations are astute and his accents a joy.
I haven't finished, but I already know what it is. It is sad.
His pacing is outstanding. When reading, my eyes race along to the next word, but he, most appropriately, gives some characters very slow speech, bringing out new aspects of their personalities.
Films have been made of this book.
Audible needs to tell people what version of the text the author is reading. In the case of The Once and Future King, there are textual variations because each part--The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, the Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind, and the posthumous Book of Merlyn-- was published separately over time, then combined with the previous parts that were edited for the newest, longer edition of The Once and Future King. And by edited I mean that whole episodes were changed or deleted and new episodes included. So, it is important for listeners to know that the text they are hearing is not necessarily the same as the one they would get if they bought the book in a bookstore. Audible, please add publisher and publication date for the book texts--it's important!
Worth the time and credit. Beautifully written. A little longer than necessary but t'd recommend it to the whole family.
No. Reader is very good, but its probably a book better read than listened to.
White's writing is beautiful and evocative.
A certain amount of Britishness?
This is a beautiful novel about things lost. It was as good as I remembered it, and the end of the book of Merlyn is one of the most powerful passages that I have ever read.
The narrator was cheery and had an interesting voice, this really made a difference in the telling of the story. The story was interesting, fun, and familiar. A treat.
Wart, of course! He was the underdog in this one...knowing what we know, his future radically changes by the end of this book and beyond. He was also a very likeable character.
His narration is 'right on'...exactly what is needed for this book. His accent, his cadence, his cheery voice. He was a perfect choice as narrator.
Yes. It took two, though. I can hardly sit for hours on end!
I had high expectations for this, having always been fascinated by the Arthurian legend and being a huge fan of Lord of the Rings.
There were parts of it that were as solid as expected, but they're sandwiched in between some of the most boring passages I've ever read.
Imagine watching the pre-game warmup to the superbowl, where the commentators discuss all aspects of the game down to an insane level of microscopic detail and then instead of showing you the game itself they just skip over it and tell you the score at the end.
Imagine listening to people drone on for pages and pages discussing their favorite kind of bird and why.
Most of the attempts at humor were best suited for a 5-year-old. It just fell flat.
Overall about two-thirds of it were a waste of time and the remaining third should've been expanded. Only my own curiosity and the strength of the guy reading it made it possible for me to finish.
My reaction was a series of yawns with brief moments of actual interest.
Tried three times to listen to this story but could never stay focused on the story. Did not enjoy this one at all. Too back because I usually love this type of book. Could not get into story.
This takes us right into the 3G of medieval living - families, forests, beasts and beliefs. T.H.White gives us layers of perspective and wisdom and fantasy. Beautifully written and harmoniously read.
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
I first read The Once and Future King when I was 12 years old and was so captivated that I read it every year until some time in my 20's. It's been 40 years since then, and I was so happy to have it read to me. I know it so well that I could anticipate what the reader would say next -- and the reader is wonderful. I was not disappointed. The story is delightful and comical and touching and finally tragic -- and if you've never read it, you have a wonderful experience ahead of you.
I think the audio version is superior because the reader breathed such live and joy into the material, and it was clear he had an understanding of the story that the average reader would lack if not for his emphasis. Not only did he have a unique voice for each major character but he provided sound effects and accents, essentially breathing life into the material.