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.
This book has a lot to recommend it. If you're looking for a dry, overly-minute examination of the benefits of "Rule of Law" over "Might Makes Right." It's fascinating on one level from the cultural impacts of trying to change the way the world works. But from a narrative standpoint, the story is very dry, overly-long, and very difficult to get through.
I don't judge a genre by a single book. I will definitely second-guess getting another book by this author.
Not sure if I've heard this performer before. There was nothing wrong with the performance, per se, it was the material that turned me off.
Move on to another book while I was only half-way through. It was a struggle to finish this.
This is not an account of Arthurian legend (myth?). It's a political treatise on different forms of government. And while that's a part of Arthurian legend, it occupies waaaaaay too much of this book to make it a pleasant listen.
A SAHM who loves books
Yes I think I will again one day
When The Wart was turned into a bird and spent the night with the castles hunting birds.
This is the first time I have listened to this narrator. But I find him excellent he makes the book so easy to listen to. It is nice to hear someone who can use such great intonation.
I have found this a very entertaining book. The characters all are very interesting.
The story of how The Wart meets Merlin is sad yet funny.
I find Merlin to be an extremely likable character, he really lightens the book.
It is interesting to hear the early years of Arthur (known as The Wart) in this book.
Definitely looking forward to the next book.
I enjoyed revisiting a book I read in high school with the help of excellent narration.
I like the first section with Arthur as the boy "wart" and especially the point where he first meets Merlin.
Haven't listened to him before.
No, partly because of length and partly because of tough sections, but I did always want to get back to it.
I would. It's a classic, and it uses the classic characters of Arthurian Legend well and effectively.
I have no suggestions. It is a great story. It's just DENSE.
I honestly could not see this being made into a series effectively because I don't think there would be sufficient actors to effectively portray it.
Book I is already an animated movie: The Sword in the Stone.
I've only listened to the first 2 parts which is titled "The Sword in the Stone."
His ability to give everyone in the story a recognizable voice that seemed to fit the character in the book
I've never read this book before and have nearly always wanted to know more about the legend of King Arthur.
Yes, because it is a very good story. I also like to compare the first part of the book to the Walt Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone".
All in all, a great listen, although you often wonder what the point of many of the story's diversions are.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Yes the narrator lends a flare that is lacking in print
I didn't really have a favorite. The characters are all dear to any Arthurian fan.
No. This was the first but I look forward to more
The entire book has a certain whimsy, I felt moments that made me laugh but no deeper emotions
This is a necessary book if you love the tales of the round table.
i have already listened to the story more than once
The absolute abandon of the story teller in bringing the characters to life. Got to love Merlin all over again
Neville Jason takes you back in time to a childhood of fantasy
I LOVED it