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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.

©1939, 1940, 1958 T. H. White (P)2008 Naxos Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Not my favorite

This wasn't all that enjoyable. The bits with Merlin and Arthur were fine, but the love affair involving Lancelot wasn't enjoyable at all for me. I found all of his excuses despicable and yet he couldn't be portrayed as anything but virtuous and great. Same with her.

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A most excellent performance.

Neville Jason brings this book to life in an incredible manner. With a sweeping cast of voices and range of emotion unparalleled, he is a narrator with few peers.

T.H. White's version of the Arthur tale is both wonderfully childlike and heartbreakingly real. Listen to this book.

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first book is great. the rest pedantic belabored

first book is great. the rest pedantic and belabored and narrator sounds as if reading to child appropriate for first book not so much for rest...

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it's perfect

whether your interests be in the humanities and philosophies or quandary especially towards evonomics... this book is a phenomenal tale that explores the modalities and morality of all those things.

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Torture

If you're looking for a fantasy story that moves along do not read this. It's like a naturalist trying to be a writer and failing.

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Disappointing Ending

At first it was really interesting, then it turned into a weird love story, and gave you no true conclusion for the ending. After all that reading you'd want a spectacular ending, but no it refuses.

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Masterful Performance

Mr. Jason's performance of this must-read classic is exceptional. His consistency in affectation of character voicing is among the best.

As for the story, it's simply a must-read; it is a classic which is unsurpassed in its class.

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A book of depth and imagination--I LOVED it!

I kept thinking this was going to be a children's book, a story to be told to children, but not so! I often found this book stunning in it's depth, amazingly creative, extremely well read, colorful and interesting beyond description.

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  • Laura
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  • 05-28-13

Nearly perfect in every way

What is there to say about this amazing story that hasn't already been said? This is a must-listen for fantasy lovers or anyone who has ever been even remotely interested in the Arthurian legend. White's story is full of wit and humor, and every word is perfectly chosen. Neville Jason's narration is flawless - I was in awe of his ability to capture each character's personality with his voice, and then to switch between the (many!) characters so effortlessly. I'm hard pressed to think of a better use of an Audible credit.

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Praises King Arthur and Examines Man's Nature

White wrote between 1939-1942 as praise to Arthur and the legends, and an examination of the nature of man and protest against war.

This is my fourth reading. Initially I was in my early teens and had seen the Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone" and the musical "Camelot" and wanted to know more. I was immediately entranced, and this remains one of my favorite books.

If you are taken at all by King Arthur and the roundtable, you must read this book. Each time I read it, I'm taken by the depth - reference to historical events, natural history and literature.

Neville Jason's narration was glorious. I couldn't have asked for more with a beloved book.

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