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The Once and Future King Audiobook
The Once and Future King
Written by: 
T. H. White
Narrated by: 
Neville Jason
The Once and Future King Audiobook

The Once and Future King

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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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    Paul Pitman, NJ, United States 04-12-15
    Paul Pitman, NJ, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!!"

    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.

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    A.Singer 04-08-15
    A.Singer 04-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun if you're into the genre"
    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    Neville Jason's reading is amazing. He truly brings the characters and stories to life.


    What does Neville Jason bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Kindle Customer 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic"

    Mr. Whites book is of course a classic and has been revered for almost a century. Very well read by Mr. Jason

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    Derek W. Branim 03-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Once and Future King"

    I loved this up to the Books of Merlin. I feel they were anticlimactic and poorly paced.

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    David A. Heckman 03-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this take"

    I've always wanted to read this and knew of the Sword in the Stone. I'm glad that I finally read this book. It was good.

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    gonz45 02-28-15
    gonz45 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great first half, the rest could've been left off."

    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.

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    jade 02-23-15
    jade 02-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

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    Josh 02-01-15
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    "First publication was the wisest."
    What made the experience of listening to The Once and Future King the most enjoyable?

    Neville Jason does an excellent job narrating this beautiful book. My only qualm here is that this audiobook contains "The Book of Merlyn" as it's final portion. I think this is a mistake, and that the original publishers were in the right, and the book as a whole worked better without the addition of Merlyn's final lessons.


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    Jill 01-13-15
    Jill 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great, great book! Well worth your time."

    Take the time to listen to this book. You will wonder how and why you haven't before now. Did not want it to end.

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    Mary 01-11-15
    Mary 01-11-15
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    "Fantastic reading of the best story ever!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This was the first book I had ever read on my own at the age of 14 and I only remembered how much I loved it. This audiobook rendition brought it to life beyond what I could have hoped for. I wish everyone could have the chance to listen to this story as told by Neville Jason because not only has it has brought me to laughter and tears within minutes but tells a profound story and philosophy that should be required reading for a full and meaningful life!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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