If you like Arthurian legends and streamlined/rewritten TV shows and movies don't cut it, what are you waiting for?!
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 first half of this book was the basis for Disney's A Sword in the Stone, and is a great tale about an orphan boy who, with the help of Merlin, goes on a series of adventures to learn what he needs to know to be a the great King Aurthor. That being said the second half sort of follows the legend of Aurthor but not really. Instead of enjoying the story, I found myself saying " that's not right" and running for Google. I would just buy the first half and leave the rest.
These are just lovely. Especially the first book and the last one. The middle books are sadder. But still quite good.
I adore the first book and have listened and re-listened to it many times.
The reader is fantastic.
Neville Jason does an excellent job narrating this beautiful book. My only qualm here is that this audiobook contains "The Book of Merlyn" as it's final portion. I think this is a mistake, and that the original publishers were in the right, and the book as a whole worked better without the addition of Merlyn's final lessons.
This was the first book I had ever read on my own at the age of 14 and I only remembered how much I loved it. This audiobook rendition brought it to life beyond what I could have hoped for. I wish everyone could have the chance to listen to this story as told by Neville Jason because not only has it has brought me to laughter and tears within minutes but tells a profound story and philosophy that should be required reading for a full and meaningful life!
The reason I didn't enjoy this book is that it seemed to be going nowhere. It was a series of adventures, like a bunch of short stories, but there was no over-arching plot that kept me wanting to move forward. The little adventures were all pretty silly, and I did not like the portrayal of Merlin.