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.
I don't know how historically accurate it is because I'm rusty on that era of history, but I loved hearing about the different Caesars and life in ancient Rome.
His reading was so smooth and correct for each part, it felt like you were there in the story. It never seemed like he was reading it, but that he was acting it.
Yes, if it weren't so long. I hated to stop listening.
I listened to it a second time shortly after finishing it the first time.
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As a kid, I missed out on King Arthur. This book brought me up to date.
The first two-thirds of the book were wonderful, exciting, and fun. The last third went real slow.
The book is worth reading but you may want to fast forward through some parts of the last third.
The tongue-in-cheek humor that runs through the narration.
I was fond of Gawaine's story of his escapades in the crusades.
The speaking mannerisms of each important character. He did a wonderful job filling out the colorful dialogue present throughout the book.
It is FAR too long for that, but I do enjoy listening to long stretches of it.
I am part way in to The Once and Future King on audio. I read it several times as a young adult. Decided it was time to give it another read. When looking for it, I discovered it on Audible and decided it would be fun to listen to this wonderful book. It is one of the best I've read or listened to.
It is THE book that all of the wonderful King Arthur, Merlin stories stemmed from.
Neville Jason does an amazing job with all of the characters in this book. Jim Dale (the Harry Potter series) has been my favorite narrator thus far. Neville Jason is right up there with him now.
This book has a lot to recommend it. If you're looking for a dry, overly-minute examination of the benefits of "Rule of Law" over "Might Makes Right." It's fascinating on one level from the cultural impacts of trying to change the way the world works. But from a narrative standpoint, the story is very dry, overly-long, and very difficult to get through.
I don't judge a genre by a single book. I will definitely second-guess getting another book by this author.
Not sure if I've heard this performer before. There was nothing wrong with the performance, per se, it was the material that turned me off.
Move on to another book while I was only half-way through. It was a struggle to finish this.
This is not an account of Arthurian legend (myth?). It's a political treatise on different forms of government. And while that's a part of Arthurian legend, it occupies waaaaaay too much of this book to make it a pleasant listen.
Yes I think I will again one day
When The Wart was turned into a bird and spent the night with the castles hunting birds.
This is the first time I have listened to this narrator. But I find him excellent he makes the book so easy to listen to. It is nice to hear someone who can use such great intonation.
I have found this a very entertaining book. The characters all are very interesting.
The story of how The Wart meets Merlin is sad yet funny.
I find Merlin to be an extremely likable character, he really lightens the book.
It is interesting to hear the early years of Arthur (known as The Wart) in this book.
Definitely looking forward to the next book.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
I enjoyed revisiting a book I read in high school with the help of excellent narration.
I like the first section with Arthur as the boy "wart" and especially the point where he first meets Merlin.
Haven't listened to him before.
No, partly because of length and partly because of tough sections, but I did always want to get back to it.