Copyright ©1958 by Mary Renault, Renewed in 1986; (P)1987 by Dove Books on Tape
The full version of The King Must Die by Mary Renault is a glowing, convincingly detailed retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Unfortunately, this painfully truncated abbreviation sacrifices not only most of the details and all of the grandeur, but even the narrative logic of the original. The very talented reader tries to help the listener make sense of the muddled remains, but has been left too little to work with.
First why adbridge it , Mary Renault is a wonderful intellegent writer and it is great story.
He has a great speaking voice , but what a waste . I couldn't finish it . I felt like I was being droned and lectured at :(
Cut none of it !!!
I would love to have her books available , part of the problem with her books is they are not for the lazy reader , she uses language and words you rarely hear these days . Alot of the pronunciation is difficult as few of us know Greek . I had been hoping for a lazy way to enjoy her books and didn't get it.
I loved this book on paper, but could not even listen to it after getting halfway through the prequel, The Bull From The Sea. All of the nuance, the personalities and the motivations of the brilliantly drawn characters has been deleted. If only someone would record an unabridged edition!
She did it. The books are wonderful. The abridgement is an abasement.
Only if it's not abridged beyond all recognition. York does a splendid job.
I'd just read the whole book. It's meant to be long, evocative and involved.
Make it foolproof that purchasers know that they are buying an abridged work.
It's an interesting listen, but due to the way it's abridged you come away asking "is that it'?
The One thing that drove me nuts was how the narrator jumped from place to place with out any transfer.
If you can find an unabridged copy It's worth the time, but this one I'd say read the book instead.
I'd love to listen to the whole story, the wording was great the story was sound but the chop job they did on this ruined it for me.
Say something about yourself!
This book is too good to abridge
Theseus. Boy grows to manhood; true to Renault's superb portrait of this critical period in Greek history
Michael York renders each of the voices so that all the characters come alive, and the descriptive passages are as spell-binding as the dialogue
The title is central; a king must be willing to be sacrificed for his people; a princess to sacrifice to save the children
PLEASE GET MICHAEL YORK TO NARRATE AN UNABRIDGED COPY OF THIS BOOK AND ITS COMPANION, THE BULL FROM THE SEA. I USED TO TEACH THIS AS PART OF THE CURRICULUM FOR THE NINTH GRADE, AND NONE OF THEM WERE EVER BORED.
I got this book since I heard good things about Mary Renault's writing, and I like books based on myths. Listening to audio books saves my eyes fatigue. I knew that this book was strongly abridged, so I wasn't surprised that the story felt gutted, so to speak, nothing but the outline of the plot. I still enjoyed the great prose and descriptions, but unless they create an unabridged version, I will still have to read the book at some point to get the full story. This is why I gave the story three stars- as a warning for people that the story is drastically shortened.
I really liked York's performance as a whole, and it's unfortunate they couldn't just have him narrate the entire book. Renault's books are popular- surely there's an audience for a full version! I for one would love that.
Depends on the movie!
They should create full, unabridged versions of Renault's and Mary Stewart's Merlin books. These abridged versions are unsatisfying.
This book is among the top audio-books that I have had the privilege of listening to.
I was in awe of the entire book. Therefore, each character was enjoyable to me.
Michael York's voice tone made me enjoy listening to the story.
YES! Pardon me for shouting. Mary Renault keeps me interested in her style of writing,
I wish I could find other authors with her style.
for the sheer pleasure of the English language.
A classic and timeless story delivered by a classic and timeless voice.
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