Having seen several movies about King Arthur this gave a much richer background in regard to the relation between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. It also gave a sort of mythical insight into Arthurs reasoning for doing things and also as to why he was such a revered king.
When the Wart pulls the sword from the anvil and stone and finds out that he is actually royalty and he is now ruler of England rather than an orphan of low birth.
I think that Merlin was my favorite character, he taught the king how to get along by having him experience the animal kingdom and showing him that war was usually not the best way to solve differences.
It made me laugh at the end when Merlin took King Arthur to his home where he had a meeting with animals and he was shown by them that natural balance works so much better than warfare when it come to settling discord. He showed how each species fell under a certain type of government and why it worked for them and that the only form of government that would work best would be a union where all worked toward the same goals together.
I felt this book rather entertaining and easy to listen to, it gave some historical perspective to the reign of King Arthur but did it in a way that it wasn't just dry fact.
White tells the story using the mind of Arthur as both a child and an adult. It starts whimsical and ends as the classical Arthurian tragedy.
Love, Chivalry, Tragedy
White manages to gently satirize medieval society (in his alternate history, Uther Pendragon takes the place of William the Conqueror) and 20th century culture (the psychoanalysis of the Questing Beast), while at the same time taking medieval life and human beings quite seriously. I learned a great deal about real medieval hawking, hunting, and chivalry--things Malory takes for granted, as they were part of daily life in his times.
Arthur & Guinevere listening to the stories of the knights' Grail quests.
I always cry when Lancelot does his one last miracle, and of course, at the end. But there are several scenes that made me laugh as well.
The narrator reads clearly and does all the voices very well, including different accents.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this. But this is more of a Alice in Wonderland / Wizard of Oz type story. As I don't like those out there "trippy" type stories this wasn't for me.
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.
My long commute became much less frustrating since I started listening to books.
Neville Jason was the perfect narrator, and listening to the story made me pay attention to portions I probably would have slid over in print. I enjoyed White's references to the 20th century, and Merlin's living life backwards was a wonderful aspect of the book,
The arc of the story was exactly what I expected, although I felt White got bogged down a bit at the end. That doesn't take away from a delightful listening experience.
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.