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)
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.
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.
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