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!
Worth the time and credit. Beautifully written. A little longer than necessary but t'd recommend it to the whole family.
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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoyed this story as a whole, and Neville Jason is a terrific story teller. I enjoyed him even more than the story itself. My favorite was the humor and innocence of "The Sword in the Stone." My least favorite was "The Witch in the Wood" which was dark and depressing. The rest of the series, the story improved, and I had a profound respect for King Arthur's earnest effort to always to the right and just thing. T. H. White sort of made his philosophy on war and the human condition known throughout the series, but he spends an exhaustive amount of time elaborating on his point of view in "The Book of Merlyn." He wrote this series in a post-WWII era where he was contemplating the atrocities of his time and relating back to the era of King Arthur's day, whenever that was. Give it a listen, yes, you will find your mind wander from time to time, but it is worth contemplating the philosophy, if for nothing else than to hear one man's perception.
There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
I'm so lucky to have bought this audiobook. I've never been a fan of such a genre, but this is truly a classic. I lost my heart to it! I had so much fun listening to the Wart's adventures and metamorphoses in Part 1! The narrator's rendition was outstanding! King Pellinore's tragic voice will stay in my memory. I enjoyed the accents he did.
The Sword in the Stone (Part 1), depicting the Wart's training by Merlyn, is perhaps the most carefree and happy-go-lucky part of all. It verged on mock heroic and parody. But things got more and more brooding and momentous, and there were more sacrifices and deaths as the denouement drew near (though The Ill-made knight, telling the story of Lancelot, was mostly ironic).
Just like Merlyn teaching young Arthur magic to "maturate", in each part of the book T.H. White teaches the reader to become wiser, get real and stop seeing only the bright side of life. Life (or rather people) can be hilarious and comical, but it can also be cruel and nonsensical, like the killing of the unicorn episode.
The plot is consistent, but each part is somewhat different and has its own mood. Definitely The Sword in the Stone stands out in terms of humour and atmosphere. The Queen of Air and Darkness, The Ill-Made Knight, and The Candle in the Wind tell a grave story of Arthur’s life. The book of Merlyn is an insightful conclusion to the epic.
The Once and Future King is not a humorous story of King Arthur and the Round Table as one might think after reading The Sword in the Stone, but it's a philosophical fantasy novel that brings up such subject matter as power, justice, war, greed, treachery, love, and religion, to name a few.
The story morphs from a fun childrens story to a tragedy of tormented people and to a critical view of humanity. The beginning is much like the way it was shown in Disneys "Sword in Stone", though with some darker undertones.
Usually I'm not fond of the reader "acting" or overacting the parts, but here the performance was just too good to not love. Staying true to the tone of the story, during the tragic parts the telling was well toned down.