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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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    Seth Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Seth Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great stories, albeit a little meandering."
    Any additional comments?

    All in all, a great listen, although you often wonder what the point of many of the story's diversions are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Greeley Colorado 09-05-12
    Amanda Greeley Colorado 09-05-12 Member Since 2017

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic.I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan.I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Great classic a must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Once and Future King to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narrator lends a flare that is lacking in print


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite. The characters are all dear to any Arthurian fan.


    Have you listened to any of Neville Jason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was the first but I look forward to more


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book has a certain whimsy, I felt moments that made me laugh but no deeper emotions


    Any additional comments?

    This is a necessary book if you love the tales of the round table.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Johannesburg, South Africa 08-20-12
    Lynette Johannesburg, South Africa 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loving the Camelot story in this fantastical tale"
    Would you listen to The Once and Future King again? Why?

    i have already listened to the story more than once


    What did you like best about this story?

    The absolute abandon of the story teller in bringing the characters to life. Got to love Merlin all over again


    What about Neville Jason’s performance did you like?

    Neville Jason takes you back in time to a childhood of fantasy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LOVED it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen 07-15-12
    Carmen 07-15-12
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    "A brilliant read for those Merlin/Arthur die hards"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug 06-12-12
    Doug 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lives up to its legend"
    What did you love best about The Once and Future King?

    Excellent performance by the narrator. A clear predecessor to some of the great modern authors, such as Pratchett and Adams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Smart, insightful and cutting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The finale, where Arthur talks to Mallory.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The subject matter may feel dated. The book occasionally veers into silliness that I found unnecessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 04-06-12
    Debbie 04-06-12
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    "Neville Jason brings the story to life."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 05-15-13
    Anne 05-15-13
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    "Who rated this for Amazon?"

    Tried three times to listen to this story but could never stay focused on the story. Did not enjoy this one at all. Too back because I usually love this type of book. Could not get into story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cuefee 03-05-13
    cuefee 03-05-13
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    "Not sure if this was a spoof or not"

    For those of you who are after an historically accurate representations of the Arthurian legends stay away from this book. Pretty sure that people in this era did not have spectacles, drink port, or complain about the lack of electrical motors.

    Narrators voice is nice clear and easy to listen too but by his lighthearted rendition makes it sound more like a spoof than every.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandt Lofton 01-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Couldn't Finish This One"
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    I'm not sure what I was expecting from this. But this is more of a Alice in Wonderland / Wizard of Oz type story. As I don't like those out there "trippy" type stories this wasn't for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-16-17
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    "Some great, most ok to dull"

    Parts of the story were fabulous and other parts dragged. The first 3rd was my favorite, the rest was tragic and a slog. The end spent way too much time waxing politically philosophical.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • W. Reid
    7/5/11
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    "Magical"

    Though I liked all the books, the first was my favourite. Captivated from the first words and the narration is excellent; as good as Stephen Fry in the Potter books. Neville Jason manages all the parts beautifully and with enthusiasm. Well worth the money.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • J
    Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "An old favourite made even more enjoyable"

    One of my favourite books from childhood. When you listen again as an adult you appreciate fully the
    wit and wisdom of the author. Neville Jason's narration is delightful, capturing the many characters perfectly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. K. A. Carr
    UK
    1/27/14
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    "The all encompasing Arthur"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I do recommend this but you do have to be dedicated, it is a long "read". The story is of course interesting but TH White's discussions on everything from falconry to warfare, from costume to food, from fortifications to manners are a revelation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure - Merlin probably; for the humour and his knowledge of the future. The warnings of what was to happen in nazi Germany were fascinating especially as, I believe, it was written around 1938.


    Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favourite?

    Lancelot - he was ugly, lovable, completely moral (that should go first) and just GOOD.


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

    No - it was so long and intricate it had to be taken in bites (whilst I was ironing - I grew to love ironing).


    Any additional comments?

    I cried at the end and I don't know if it was the story or the fact that the story had come to an end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Full of delights"

    Such a delightful book. Neville Jason is an amazing narrator. His voices are varied and so apt for the characters. Makes me feel like a child again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    2/3/17
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    "One of the best books of my life."

    Great book, brilliantly read. incredibly funny, tragic, thoughtful, poignant, relevant, beautiful and vulnerable. Just superb!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MaDr8y
    Cambs., UK
    6/30/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Love love love it. Everybody should read\listen to it immediately and act accordingly.
    It's like listening to Compared to What by Roberta Flack or toast & butter (salted butter, your majesty). It just makes sense. Good and the product of much considered work and ready and fresh and valuable. And beautiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    4/4/16
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    "I keep listening to it over and over again!"

    It is an interesting book and full of action and adventure.
    It teaches you in old language.
    But the best thing about it is that it is all fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    12/30/11
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    "Let Down"

    Knowing the books well I was very let down by the narrator who sounds like Brian Sewell with a sour taste in his mouth.

    Be warned, listen to the sample before buying to check you can live with the style of reading.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    pre St Clar, France
    12/30/12
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    "Historical story but with made up events too"

    The Once And Future King is a very interesting story, I would suggest listening to it in little stages so you can come back for more of it later - there is a lot of information to take in! The Once and Future King is a story set in the past, but the story is made up. The tutor is a wizard... which is lots of fun.

    Jodie age 14

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. Moore
    Redditch UK
    6/18/17
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    "Tedious"

    I love Just King Arthur takes but this I found slow and tedious.
    I don't know if it's the writing or the narration because I liked Disney's animated version and the Richard Harris film Camelot, both of which were based on parts of this story. I didn't even get 1/4 through before giving up.
    Having said that my daughter likes it so perhaps it's just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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