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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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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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    Amazon Customer CATSKILL, NY, United States 03-30-12
    Amazon Customer CATSKILL, NY, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    What disappointed you about The Once and Future King?

    The story dragged on and on on unimportant speeches made by unimportant characters. I would find myself wool gathering for 10 minutes at a time during my commute and realize that I didn't miss anything!


    What could T. H. White have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    After 10 hrs of book one, nothing interesting happened. Wort was changed into a few animals as a learning excersize, he met Robin Hood, and saved some people from the Faeries. You would think that it would be interesting?!? NOT! The writing is just so....Over worded (is that a term?). White writes as if he got paid by the word.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Brandon Sanderson, Tolkien, King, Koontz, Goodkind.....White dissapointed.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kyle Poway, CA, United States 01-14-13
    kyle Poway, CA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    I understand that this is a children's book, but the narrator reads it as if he's playing peek-a-boo with an infant. I shut the book off after a few minutes because I couldn't stand it. Do yourself a favor and listen to the sample before buying.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Staton MOORE, OK USA 08-22-12
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    I did not expect a comedy/fantasy. I though this was a novel. Did not finish it.


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