took too many turns - was expecting something a little less fanciful. Off shoots of absurd tales. Not so much for me.
The narrator made this fantastic, yet sometimes slow novel every bit as wonderful as reading it. His voices were varied and full of character, especially Merlin's. These books made me rethink or reaffirm many of my core beliefs, which I think is a wonderful quality possessed by only the greatest of literary works.
First read The Once and Future King almost 40 years ago. Sometimes I reread a book and wonder why I liked it so much the first time. That didn't happen with The Once and Future King. I enjoyed as much maybe even more.
Incredibly impressed with Neville Jason's performance. His portrayal of the characters took the story to another level. The writing of White was for the most part fantastic. The humor, breaking down the fourth wall, the anachronisms, all made it very enjoyable. The single criticism I have is the final book, The Book of Merlin seemed a little preachy and extraneous. The story could have done without 95 percent of The Book of Merlin and been perfect. It was a final vehicle for the author to get up on a soap box and ruminate on the nature of man and war, which of course is completely understandable in context. He wrote a damn fine story, so we will forgive him.
We love the Sword in the Stone! It is charming, funny, and family friendly. We read reviews for the other books in the series and decided not to listen to the rest of them at this time and keep it light. Maybe later, when our kids are older we will listen to the rest of it.
Fantastic performance! Hard to believe it was one guy reading it. Well done!
... It's a bit of a slog in parts, isn't it? I mean there are some exciting posts in the middle and there's some incredibly witty stuff, too. But it always felt a little bit like homework.
A good read that is both entertainingly written and thought provoking about the time it was written. Good also for introspection about today's society and world community.