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.
I had high expectations for this, having always been fascinated by the Arthurian legend and being a huge fan of Lord of the Rings.
There were parts of it that were as solid as expected, but they're sandwiched in between some of the most boring passages I've ever read.
Imagine watching the pre-game warmup to the superbowl, where the commentators discuss all aspects of the game down to an insane level of microscopic detail and then instead of showing you the game itself they just skip over it and tell you the score at the end.
Imagine listening to people drone on for pages and pages discussing their favorite kind of bird and why.
Most of the attempts at humor were best suited for a 5-year-old. It just fell flat.
Overall about two-thirds of it were a waste of time and the remaining third should've been expanded. Only my own curiosity and the strength of the guy reading it made it possible for me to finish.
My reaction was a series of yawns with brief moments of actual interest.
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.
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.
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.
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.