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'm an avid reader of many genres and issues. Audiobooks sometimes bring books into 3D , and when that happens its brilliant!
I have only listened to the first in this quintet, but it's a total delight. The reader is quite brilliant in his use of voice, and draws out colours in the book which never noticed in reading it years ago. The Sword in the Stone is quirky, anachronistic, and whimsical.
The narrator is amazing! There are also some extremely funny parts of the story that just keep you in stitches.
Merlin. He has a comical way of making a point, and then leaves you with your mouth hanging open. Very well written.
All of them..............he does a wonderful job.
Be careful what you wish for.
I have always loved stories of King Arthur. I had never read this book, and I am so glad I bought it. I have had more fun listening to this book than any I have listened to before.
Having seen several movies about King Arthur this gave a much richer background in regard to the relation between King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. It also gave a sort of mythical insight into Arthurs reasoning for doing things and also as to why he was such a revered king.
When the Wart pulls the sword from the anvil and stone and finds out that he is actually royalty and he is now ruler of England rather than an orphan of low birth.
I think that Merlin was my favorite character, he taught the king how to get along by having him experience the animal kingdom and showing him that war was usually not the best way to solve differences.
It made me laugh at the end when Merlin took King Arthur to his home where he had a meeting with animals and he was shown by them that natural balance works so much better than warfare when it come to settling discord. He showed how each species fell under a certain type of government and why it worked for them and that the only form of government that would work best would be a union where all worked toward the same goals together.
I felt this book rather entertaining and easy to listen to, it gave some historical perspective to the reign of King Arthur but did it in a way that it wasn't just dry fact.
White tells the story using the mind of Arthur as both a child and an adult. It starts whimsical and ends as the classical Arthurian tragedy.
Love, Chivalry, Tragedy
White manages to gently satirize medieval society (in his alternate history, Uther Pendragon takes the place of William the Conqueror) and 20th century culture (the psychoanalysis of the Questing Beast), while at the same time taking medieval life and human beings quite seriously. I learned a great deal about real medieval hawking, hunting, and chivalry--things Malory takes for granted, as they were part of daily life in his times.
Arthur & Guinevere listening to the stories of the knights' Grail quests.
I always cry when Lancelot does his one last miracle, and of course, at the end. But there are several scenes that made me laugh as well.
The narrator reads clearly and does all the voices very well, including different accents.
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this. But this is more of a Alice in Wonderland / Wizard of Oz type story. As I don't like those out there "trippy" type stories this wasn't for me.
My long commute became much less frustrating since I started listening to books.
Neville Jason was the perfect narrator, and listening to the story made me pay attention to portions I probably would have slid over in print. I enjoyed White's references to the 20th century, and Merlin's living life backwards was a wonderful aspect of the book,
The arc of the story was exactly what I expected, although I felt White got bogged down a bit at the end. That doesn't take away from a delightful listening experience.
I don't know how historically accurate it is because I'm rusty on that era of history, but I loved hearing about the different Caesars and life in ancient Rome.
His reading was so smooth and correct for each part, it felt like you were there in the story. It never seemed like he was reading it, but that he was acting it.
Yes, if it weren't so long. I hated to stop listening.
I listened to it a second time shortly after finishing it the first time.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
As a kid, I missed out on King Arthur. This book brought me up to date.
The first two-thirds of the book were wonderful, exciting, and fun. The last third went real slow.
The book is worth reading but you may want to fast forward through some parts of the last third.
The tongue-in-cheek humor that runs through the narration.
I was fond of Gawaine's story of his escapades in the crusades.
The speaking mannerisms of each important character. He did a wonderful job filling out the colorful dialogue present throughout the book.
It is FAR too long for that, but I do enjoy listening to long stretches of it.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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