The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".
Merlyn instructs the Wart (Arthur) and his brother, Sir Kay, in the ways of the world. One of them will need it: the king has died, leaving no heir, and a rightful one must be found by pulling a sword from an anvil resting on a stone. In the second and third parts of the novel, Arthur has become king and the kingdom is threatened from the north. In the final two books, the ageing king faces his greatest challenge, when his own son threatens to overthrow him. In "The Book of Merlyn", Arthur's tutor Merlyn reappears and teaches him that, even in the face of apparent ruin, there is hope.
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"For those who have never read these five books, prepare to be surprised by their adultness, their laugh-out-loud humor and tongue-in-cheek commentary on modern life; for those who know them well, prepare to be delighted with Neville Jason's transcendent reading. The lovely timbre of his narrative voice, his rhythmic, easy pacing and host of individual characterizations transport listeners into White's weird and wonderful otherworld as quickly as Alice slipped through the looking glass. This long production is so entrancing that one wishes it would never end." (AudioFile)
i think it was a good saga overall i agree it was a book to long but for me ot was the first book i couldn't get into the sord in the stone i found all the kids voices gave me a headache but after thay was great and the last novel is kinda out there some of the stuff thay talk about makes it a must listen
Just want to write that I'm now a big Neville Jason fan - he did a wonderful job reading this excellent book. Definitely an A-list talent. His character voices really pulled me into the story and he obviously prepared quite a bit. I ordered a couple more books he reads already. The book itself seemed like it could use a little condensing in places but over all I really enjoyed it. And I probably wouldn't have bought an abridged version anyway. I would have liked to hear more about Galahad but maybe I'll find more there in a different book.
Well written, funny and thought prevoking. An epic comparable to the Lord of the Rings. The narrator is great, with many different charecter voices and inflections.
Neville Jason's reading is amazing. He truly brings the characters and stories to life.
He does really great character voices. Honestly, it's long and at times I was losing interest but Neville's voice would catch my attention and I'd keep going.
Lots of fun details that I'd never heard about King Arthur, Merlin and other well known characters. I have never studied these legends so these things may be well known to others who have, but I found it interesting and engaging much of the time. It's also quite long and detailed and at times I felt like I'd had enough. That said, I'm glad to have listened.
The first half of this book was the basis for Disney's A Sword in the Stone, and is a great tale about an orphan boy who, with the help of Merlin, goes on a series of adventures to learn what he needs to know to be a the great King Aurthor. That being said the second half sort of follows the legend of Aurthor but not really. Instead of enjoying the story, I found myself saying " that's not right" and running for Google. I would just buy the first half and leave the rest.
These are just lovely. Especially the first book and the last one. The middle books are sadder. But still quite good.
I adore the first book and have listened and re-listened to it many times.
The reader is fantastic.
Though I liked all the books, the first was my favourite. Captivated from the first words and the narration is excellent; as good as Stephen Fry in the Potter books. Neville Jason manages all the parts beautifully and with enthusiasm. Well worth the money.
"An old favourite made even more enjoyable"
One of my favourite books from childhood. When you listen again as an adult you appreciate fully the
wit and wisdom of the author. Neville Jason's narration is delightful, capturing the many characters perfectly.
"Full of delights"
Such a delightful book. Neville Jason is an amazing narrator. His voices are varied and so apt for the characters. Makes me feel like a child again.
Absolutely magical! The story is fantastic and the narration is perfect. I enjoyed all the books equally, well worth the buy.
Knowing the books well I was very let down by the narrator who sounds like Brian Sewell with a sour taste in his mouth.
Be warned, listen to the sample before buying to check you can live with the style of reading.
"The all encompasing Arthur"
I do recommend this but you do have to be dedicated, it is a long "read". The story is of course interesting but TH White's discussions on everything from falconry to warfare, from costume to food, from fortifications to manners are a revelation.
Not sure - Merlin probably; for the humour and his knowledge of the future. The warnings of what was to happen in nazi Germany were fascinating especially as, I believe, it was written around 1938.
Lancelot - he was ugly, lovable, completely moral (that should go first) and just GOOD.
No - it was so long and intricate it had to be taken in bites (whilst I was ironing - I grew to love ironing).
I cried at the end and I don't know if it was the story or the fact that the story had come to an end.
"Historical story but with made up events too"
The Once And Future King is a very interesting story, I would suggest listening to it in little stages so you can come back for more of it later - there is a lot of information to take in! The Once and Future King is a story set in the past, but the story is made up. The tutor is a wizard... which is lots of fun.
Jodie age 14
Be warned, I gave this one star before realizing that I couldn't remove it! Although I wanted so very much to love these books .... If only I'd known how lacking in description and dull these books were I wouldn't have struggled on for so long hoping for some improvement. As it was I became more and more disheartened and frustrated the more I listened.
Love love love it. Everybody should read\listen to it immediately and act accordingly.
It's like listening to Compared to What by Roberta Flack or toast & butter (salted butter, your majesty). It just makes sense. Good and the product of much considered work and ready and fresh and valuable. And beautiful.
"I keep listening to it over and over again!"
It is an interesting book and full of action and adventure.
It teaches you in old language.
But the best thing about it is that it is all fiction.
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