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)
as a deep thought and and story lover, this book does both with brilliant and beautiful stories. you will laugh with humor, wallow in sorrow because of the sad truth, but you will never loose hope, and you will find yourself seeking to do better, fit both you, and the world
When I purchased this, the first thing I did was bookmark the start of each book.
Chapter 1 The Sword in the Stone
Chapter 25 The Witch in the Wood
Chapter 39 The Ill-Made Knight
Chapter 84 The Candle in the Wind
Chapter 98 The Book of Merlin
I have a paperback copy of this, that does not include The Book of Merlin. It is my favorite story, and the paperback is missing pages, from being frequently read (and also from being thrown into my backpack or purse).
I've really enjoyed the audiobook.
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.
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