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)
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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!
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
After purchasing, you can download the guide, which explains how this collection was edited. I think they made good choices. The narrator is excellent.
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.
Whites story was slow and sometimes hard to understand because of the old English and all the names.
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.
I was a little disappointed with the story. It was also hard to follow so I often got distracted.
It would be great if this book could be returned.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
Very happy with this purchase. A classic tale, entertaining, strong characters, well written. Worth the credit.
My son liked that the story had so many animals that Arthur got to experience.
The jousting, the knights, the friendships, the blacksmiths.
The jousting scene between King Arthur and Lancelot
Not a one setting book it is very long.
Cool ideas about education from Merlin. Loved the ideas of how to think about humanity, and political science.
Fun, funny, pleasant.
An enjoyable, wholesome, familiar tale that is so much funnier than I ever had expected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The greatest medieval tale in the history of the world
Please, please, please read this book and enjoy the enchanting story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.
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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