I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I kept thinking this was going to be a children's book, a story to be told to children, but not so! I often found this book stunning in it's depth, amazingly creative, extremely well read, colorful and interesting beyond description.
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.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
White wrote between 1939-1942 as praise to Arthur and the legends, and an examination of the nature of man and protest against war.
This is my fourth reading. Initially I was in my early teens and had seen the Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone" and the musical "Camelot" and wanted to know more. I was immediately entranced, and this remains one of my favorite books.
If you are taken at all by King Arthur and the roundtable, you must read this book. Each time I read it, I'm taken by the depth - reference to historical events, natural history and literature.
Neville Jason's narration was glorious. I couldn't have asked for more with a beloved book.
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.
Interesting things happen.
Oh I just loved it every time the Questing Beast made an appearance.
What an amazing performance! He had unique voices for all the characters, and carried them consistently throughout, as the characters aged and matured their voice characterization evolved without changing into something unrecognizable. His narration was lively and intelligent, and he mastered many accents and even a bit of singing. I had to pause on many occasions, just stunned by how much he added to the story. I'm so glad I chose this one in audiobook format.
It's not the same old story, it's so much more.
This set is entertaining and family friendly - although it's not a children's book, there isn't much that could be considered too offensive (I don't know, ages 8+ maybe 10+). It's inventive, beautifully written and superbly narrated. It's good enough to lure a teenager away from their video games because they become genuinely interested in what happens next.
Oh yes. The storyteller was great- singing, having many different voices and accents. I've just finised the book and I feel like starting again.
Merlin because he was so brilliant and befuddled.
Gawain. His Cornish accent was impeccable. I also loved all the animals.
Fantasy at it's most enjoyable.
If you are a fantasy lover, a history lover, an animal lover, or just a lover you will cherish this book and listen to it again and again.
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.
The Once and Future King is in places a great book but definitely could have benefited from a thorough application of "less is more". I was enthralled in places and then bored or frustrated in others. Here perhaps is the first book I've read that I might actually prefer a well abridged version.
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.