Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!
This one is hard to review as it's pretty classic and my opinions on the books themselves are basically pointless. So I will try to keep my review limited to the narrator's ability to tell the story. I give him 5 stars! His voices are fantastic! He has such a wide variety of characterization that each of the many characters stand out as individuals. His women are totally believable as female, and his children are too. I think he adds a level of humor that other narrators could miss, and during particularly dry sections, of which there are many throughout each book, he perfectly expresses the import of why the information is important to know to better understand the whole tale. Lastly, there is a lot of moments of wisdom, and also moments of darkness and melancholy, the sensitivity that the narrator brings to these moments is a key feature of his success, as it allows these moments to resonate in your heart, taking these books to a deeper level, and solidifying them as classics. So basically what I'm saying is, Neville Jason gets two thumbs up from this listener!
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
After purchasing, you can download the guide, which explains how this collection was edited. I think they made good choices. The narrator is excellent.
Very happy with this purchase. A classic tale, entertaining, strong characters, well written. Worth the credit.
My son liked that the story had so many animals that Arthur got to experience.
The jousting, the knights, the friendships, the blacksmiths.
The jousting scene between King Arthur and Lancelot
Not a one setting book it is very long.
Cool ideas about education from Merlin. Loved the ideas of how to think about humanity, and political science.
Fun, funny, pleasant.
An enjoyable, wholesome, familiar tale that is so much funnier than I ever had expected.
All the heaps of praise here are true.
This is one of my all time favourite books. I have read it over & over since I was a teenager & was thrilled to find it here. The narrator is a treat to listen to. Go ahead, buy it, you won't be sorry.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I kept thinking this was going to be a children's book, a story to be told to children, but not so! I often found this book stunning in it's depth, amazingly creative, extremely well read, colorful and interesting beyond description.
This is the most amazing story. Neville Jason does an amazing job narrating White's incredible take on the Arthurian legend. You come to know and love each character by their distinct voices and the beautiful way in which White introduces and describes them. An unmatchable audiobook. My favorite.
One of the most memorable moments in The Once and Future King would be when Sir Ector and Kay realize that Arthur is the true king of the Britains. They each take a knee to bow before the new king and Arthur begs them to stop because he loves them both and does not feel above them. It was a beautiful and breathtaking moment.
Possibly my favorite scene was when Lancelot was able to heal the knight cursed with the wounds that would not heal. God finally allowed him to work another miracle... I wept.
The greatest medieval tale in the history of the world
Please, please, please read this book and enjoy the enchanting story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.
I read the Once and Future King many decades ago and loved it along with Mallory's rendition. I don't remember it being so funny, so that was a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be very good and it met that hands down. I, unlike many, didn't mind the last book. However, I did find it more preachy. I can only suggest that T.H. White was looking back on his life and times when he wrote it and juxtaposing it onto his previous work. I appreciate it more for a look at the man than for a climax of his tale. In some ways it might serve as a way to reflect back on the four books and view them within the context of the themes of book five. This would probably be more helpful for younger readers (listeners)as the themes are not very veiled by T.H.White and more often than not are hammered into us time after time.
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.