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)
This book has a lot to recommend it. If you're looking for a dry, overly-minute examination of the benefits of "Rule of Law" over "Might Makes Right." It's fascinating on one level from the cultural impacts of trying to change the way the world works. But from a narrative standpoint, the story is very dry, overly-long, and very difficult to get through.
I don't judge a genre by a single book. I will definitely second-guess getting another book by this author.
Not sure if I've heard this performer before. There was nothing wrong with the performance, per se, it was the material that turned me off.
Move on to another book while I was only half-way through. It was a struggle to finish this.
This is not an account of Arthurian legend (myth?). It's a political treatise on different forms of government. And while that's a part of Arthurian legend, it occupies waaaaaay too much of this book to make it a pleasant listen.
A SAHM who loves books
Yes I think I will again one day
When The Wart was turned into a bird and spent the night with the castles hunting birds.
This is the first time I have listened to this narrator. But I find him excellent he makes the book so easy to listen to. It is nice to hear someone who can use such great intonation.
I have found this a very entertaining book. The characters all are very interesting.
The story of how The Wart meets Merlin is sad yet funny.
I find Merlin to be an extremely likable character, he really lightens the book.
It is interesting to hear the early years of Arthur (known as The Wart) in this book.
Definitely looking forward to the next book.
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
I enjoyed revisiting a book I read in high school with the help of excellent narration.
I like the first section with Arthur as the boy "wart" and especially the point where he first meets Merlin.
Haven't listened to him before.
No, partly because of length and partly because of tough sections, but I did always want to get back to it.
I would. It's a classic, and it uses the classic characters of Arthurian Legend well and effectively.
I have no suggestions. It is a great story. It's just DENSE.
I honestly could not see this being made into a series effectively because I don't think there would be sufficient actors to effectively portray it.
Book I is already an animated movie: The Sword in the Stone.
All in all, a great listen, although you often wonder what the point of many of the story's diversions are.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
Yes the narrator lends a flare that is lacking in print
I didn't really have a favorite. The characters are all dear to any Arthurian fan.
No. This was the first but I look forward to more
The entire book has a certain whimsy, I felt moments that made me laugh but no deeper emotions
This is a necessary book if you love the tales of the round table.
i have already listened to the story more than once
The absolute abandon of the story teller in bringing the characters to life. Got to love Merlin all over again
Neville Jason takes you back in time to a childhood of fantasy
I LOVED it
A grest version of events, an enjoyable listen and a brilliant narrator who never forgot his characters voice.
An excellent comparison between the days of old and today. White also included modern authors into the story.
In my oppinion a good listen, loved it.
Excellent performance by the narrator. A clear predecessor to some of the great modern authors, such as Pratchett and Adams.
Smart, insightful and cutting.
The finale, where Arthur talks to Mallory.
The subject matter may feel dated. The book occasionally veers into silliness that I found unnecessary.
Neville Jason keeps the story entertaining even when the end of the series becomes tedious. I would rate books 1&2 with 5 and 4 stars respectively, but books 3-5 become tedious and even boring. I plan to read book 1 "The Sword in the Stone" to my 6th grade class. Mr.Jason has been an excellent example of how to do it.
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