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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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    Teddy H. North Hollywood 09-29-14
    Teddy H. North Hollywood 09-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Avid listener. Lover of stories and story tellers!

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    "*****Great Narrator*****"

    This one is hard to review as it's pretty classic and my opinions on the books themselves are basically pointless. So I will try to keep my review limited to the narrator's ability to tell the story. I give him 5 stars! His voices are fantastic! He has such a wide variety of characterization that each of the many characters stand out as individuals. His women are totally believable as female, and his children are too. I think he adds a level of humor that other narrators could miss, and during particularly dry sections, of which there are many throughout each book, he perfectly expresses the import of why the information is important to know to better understand the whole tale. Lastly, there is a lot of moments of wisdom, and also moments of darkness and melancholy, the sensitivity that the narrator brings to these moments is a key feature of his success, as it allows these moments to resonate in your heart, taking these books to a deeper level, and solidifying them as classics. So basically what I'm saying is, Neville Jason gets two thumbs up from this listener!

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    T. Japan 09-05-14
    T. Japan 09-05-14 Member Since 2010

    Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!

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    "Satisfyingly comprehensive and well edited"

    After purchasing, you can download the guide, which explains how this collection was edited. I think they made good choices. The narrator is excellent.

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    C. Barlow Portland, OR, USA 08-13-14
    C. Barlow Portland, OR, USA 08-13-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Kids had a hard time following"

    I'm sure it's a good series, but my kids had a hard time following it.

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    Lindsey 08-05-14
    Lindsey 08-05-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The fact that I couldn't listen to the story on my computer lowered the expirience for me. Also it would have helped if I was able to see what I was listening to st the same time.


    What was most disappointing about T. H. White’s story?

    Whites story was slow and sometimes hard to understand because of the old English and all the names.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neville Jason?

    I don't know many narrators so I wouldn't be able to cast any one else for the reading of T. H. Whites book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was a little disappointed with the story. It was also hard to follow so I often got distracted.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be great if this book could be returned.

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    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 07-18-14
    Mark Tulsa, OK, United States 07-18-14 Member Since 2011

    My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain

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    "Classic Fantasy"

    Very happy with this purchase. A classic tale, entertaining, strong characters, well written. Worth the credit.

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    Cecilia 04-23-14
    Cecilia 04-23-14
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    "Great political science classic"
    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    My son liked that the story had so many animals that Arthur got to experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The jousting, the knights, the friendships, the blacksmiths.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The jousting scene between King Arthur and Lancelot


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not a one setting book it is very long.


    Any additional comments?

    Cool ideas about education from Merlin. Loved the ideas of how to think about humanity, and political science.

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    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14
    Tez L Los Angeles, CA USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

    Tez L

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    "So fun, so funny"
    If you could sum up The Once and Future King in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, funny, pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable, wholesome, familiar tale that is so much funnier than I ever had expected.

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    Linda James Beautiful BC 04-02-14
    Linda James Beautiful BC 04-02-14
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    "What they said!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Once and Future King the most enjoyable?

    All the heaps of praise here are true.
    This is one of my all time favourite books. I have read it over & over since I was a teenager & was thrilled to find it here. The narrator is a treat to listen to. Go ahead, buy it, you won't be sorry.


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    Rubber Soul ROY, UT, United States 03-18-14
    Rubber Soul ROY, UT, United States 03-18-14
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    "Perfection"
    Where does The Once and Future King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the most amazing story. Neville Jason does an amazing job narrating White's incredible take on the Arthurian legend. You come to know and love each character by their distinct voices and the beautiful way in which White introduces and describes them. An unmatchable audiobook. My favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Once and Future King?

    One of the most memorable moments in The Once and Future King would be when Sir Ector and Kay realize that Arthur is the true king of the Britains. They each take a knee to bow before the new king and Arthur begs them to stop because he loves them both and does not feel above them. It was a beautiful and breathtaking moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Possibly my favorite scene was when Lancelot was able to heal the knight cursed with the wounds that would not heal. God finally allowed him to work another miracle... I wept.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The greatest medieval tale in the history of the world


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please, please read this book and enjoy the enchanting story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.

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    michael 11-29-13
    michael 11-29-13
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    "Liked the first "book" of the compendium"
    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    The first book was the Disney movie we have all come to know and love. The further you went into the stories, the more political it became. That part was not my cup of tea.


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