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.
My long commute became much less frustrating since I started listening to books.
Neville Jason was the perfect narrator, and listening to the story made me pay attention to portions I probably would have slid over in print. I enjoyed White's references to the 20th century, and Merlin's living life backwards was a wonderful aspect of the book,
The arc of the story was exactly what I expected, although I felt White got bogged down a bit at the end. That doesn't take away from a delightful listening experience.
I don't know how historically accurate it is because I'm rusty on that era of history, but I loved hearing about the different Caesars and life in ancient Rome.
His reading was so smooth and correct for each part, it felt like you were there in the story. It never seemed like he was reading it, but that he was acting it.
Yes, if it weren't so long. I hated to stop listening.
I listened to it a second time shortly after finishing it the first time.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
As a kid, I missed out on King Arthur. This book brought me up to date.
The first two-thirds of the book were wonderful, exciting, and fun. The last third went real slow.
The book is worth reading but you may want to fast forward through some parts of the last third.
The tongue-in-cheek humor that runs through the narration.
I was fond of Gawaine's story of his escapades in the crusades.
The speaking mannerisms of each important character. He did a wonderful job filling out the colorful dialogue present throughout the book.
It is FAR too long for that, but I do enjoy listening to long stretches of it.
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.
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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.