The first book the "Sword in the Stone" is very much like the Disney movie. I suppose the movie was adapted from this book. With the exception of some cursing, this first book would be acceptable for children and hold their interest. This first book is magical and full of childish adventure. I would attribute this to Mr White's writing style rather than the actual legends of Arthur. The other books which follow are much more adult in content and story line and seem to follow the traditional accounts of the Arthur stories. It seems that many adults are writing reviews which indicate they enjoy these books themselves.
I did find the Arthur saga interesting and an older child (teen) who is particularly curious about the legends would find this writing more entertaining. I found it enlightening, being an American, to gain a greater understanding of the coming together of the diverse influences which formed the culture of the British Isles. I began to wonder what role the Arthur stories might have played in bringing these people all together as one nation. Arthur belonged to the people; his character is noble while not infallible.
There is debate as to whether these stories are purely legend or if they are rooted in any real truth. I began to wonder about the original writers and their purposes if they be historical fact or to write for a different purpose.
Some of the stories even bear similarity to biblical stories. With Arthur being similar to King David and Lancelot similar to Samson. Most writers of the dark and middle ages. were religiously trained. Was this a creative way to train the people in catechism or make them more accepting of Christianity.
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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.
Don't pass this up. Love the performance, the book is a classic. Witty, engrossing.
I'm an avid reader of many genres and issues. Audiobooks sometimes bring books into 3D , and when that happens its brilliant!
I have only listened to the first in this quintet, but it's a total delight. The reader is quite brilliant in his use of voice, and draws out colours in the book which never noticed in reading it years ago. The Sword in the Stone is quirky, anachronistic, and whimsical.
For those of you who are after an historically accurate representations of the Arthurian legends stay away from this book. Pretty sure that people in this era did not have spectacles, drink port, or complain about the lack of electrical motors.
Narrators voice is nice clear and easy to listen too but by his lighthearted rendition makes it sound more like a spoof than every.
The narrator is amazing! There are also some extremely funny parts of the story that just keep you in stitches.
Merlin. He has a comical way of making a point, and then leaves you with your mouth hanging open. Very well written.
All of them..............he does a wonderful job.
Be careful what you wish for.
I have always loved stories of King Arthur. I had never read this book, and I am so glad I bought it. I have had more fun listening to this book than any I have listened to before.
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.