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The Once and Future King | [T. H. White]

The Once and Future King

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".
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Publisher's Summary

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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©1939, 1940, 1958 T. H. White (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

  • AudioFile Earphones Award, 2009

"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)

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    Seth Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Seth Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great stories, albeit a little meandering."
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    All in all, a great listen, although you often wonder what the point of many of the story's diversions are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 09-05-12
    Amazon Customer El Paso, TX, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Great classic a must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Once and Future King to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narrator lends a flare that is lacking in print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite. The characters are all dear to any Arthurian fan.


    Have you listened to any of Neville Jason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was the first but I look forward to more


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book has a certain whimsy, I felt moments that made me laugh but no deeper emotions


    Any additional comments?

    This is a necessary book if you love the tales of the round table.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Johannesburg, South Africa 08-20-12
    Lynette Johannesburg, South Africa 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loving the Camelot story in this fantastical tale"
    Would you listen to The Once and Future King again? Why?

    i have already listened to the story more than once


    What did you like best about this story?

    The absolute abandon of the story teller in bringing the characters to life. Got to love Merlin all over again


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Neville Jason takes you back in time to a childhood of fantasy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LOVED it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Camden, Australia 07-15-12
    Carmen Camden, Australia 07-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A brilliant read for those Merlin/Arthur die hards"

    A grest version of events, an enjoyable listen and a brilliant narrator who never forgot his characters voice.
    An excellent comparison between the days of old and today. White also included modern authors into the story.
    In my oppinion a good listen, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug 06-12-12
    Doug 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lives up to its legend"
    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    Excellent performance by the narrator. A clear predecessor to some of the great modern authors, such as Pratchett and Adams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Smart, insightful and cutting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale, where Arthur talks to Mallory.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter may feel dated. The book occasionally veers into silliness that I found unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 04-06-12
    Debbie 04-06-12
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    "Neville Jason brings the story to life."

    Neville Jason keeps the story entertaining even when the end of the series becomes tedious. I would rate books 1&2 with 5 and 4 stars respectively, but books 3-5 become tedious and even boring. I plan to read book 1 "The Sword in the Stone" to my 6th grade class. Mr.Jason has been an excellent example of how to do it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 03-25-12
    Jeffrey C. Coyne Chapel Hill 03-25-12

    Jeff Coyne

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    "A Classic"

    Beautifully written, well performed and quite enjoyable. If you have any interest in the King Arthur legend, it is a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Barlow Portland, OR, USA 08-13-14
    C. Barlow Portland, OR, USA 08-13-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Kids had a hard time following"

    I'm sure it's a good series, but my kids had a hard time following it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michele philadelphia, PA, United States 05-10-13
    michele philadelphia, PA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too Disney"
    Would you try another book from T. H. White and/or Neville Jason?

    Not at this time


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something thing more mature and not sounding like a Disney comic book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Once and Future King?

    I couldn't get through the first chapter because it was too much like watching the "Sward and the Stone" Disney cartoon.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 12-30-12
    Sandra 12-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Total waste of my time"
    Any additional comments?

    I just couldn't get into this story, I found it increadibly boring and never made it past chapter three.
    I did a "return" on it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • W. Reid
    7/5/11
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    "Magical"

    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.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • m
    London, United Kingdom
    12/28/11
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    "Spellbinding"

    Absolutely magical! The story is fantastic and the narration is perfect. I enjoyed all the books equally, well worth the buy.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. A. Mr Carr
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    1/27/14
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    "The all encompasing Arthur"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favourite?

    Lancelot - he was ugly, lovable, completely moral (that should go first) and just GOOD.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - it was so long and intricate it had to be taken in bites (whilst I was ironing - I grew to love ironing).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    12/30/11
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    "Let Down"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    pre St Clar, France
    12/30/12
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    "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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    walsall, United Kingdom
    2/13/13
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    "Disappointingly dull"



    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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