Like most people, I've only ever had a passing familiarity with Arthurian legend. I got curious after this book was recommended to me, and gave it a try. I'm so glad that I did!
The narrators (written and voice) are incredibly engaging. The story is a brilliant, elegant character study without all of the snobby you often find in more complex works. I've had trouble stifling my laughter while listening to this book at work--it's often as hilarious as it is moving. I went in expecting to enjoy Merlin as a character and that's about it, and came out with emotional baggage. Now I'll always have an especially soft spot for Lancelot, Pellinore, Guinevere, the Orkney brothers, and many more.
This book gets described as a classic, but more importantly, it's the kind of classic that really is timeless and has a powerful emotional impact. Highly recommended.
Long commute = Lots of time for audiobooks
What is there to say about this amazing story that hasn't already been said? This is a must-listen for fantasy lovers or anyone who has ever been even remotely interested in the Arthurian legend. White's story is full of wit and humor, and every word is perfectly chosen. Neville Jason's narration is flawless - I was in awe of his ability to capture each character's personality with his voice, and then to switch between the (many!) characters so effortlessly. I'm hard pressed to think of a better use of an Audible credit.
Tried three times to listen to this story but could never stay focused on the story. Did not enjoy this one at all. Too back because I usually love this type of book. Could not get into story.
Not at this time
Something thing more mature and not sounding like a Disney comic book
I couldn't get through the first chapter because it was too much like watching the "Sward and the Stone" Disney cartoon.
I dont normally write reviews....based on other reviews and my interests I used my credit for this horrible book. The narrator was annoying...the story was difficult to follow and boring. I love fantasy...and the Authurian Ledgends....this one just didnt do it for me.
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.
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.
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.