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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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    bryce 07-27-16
    bryce 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent novel."

    Far more than I ever expected from a book about King Arthur. The book started as many "fairy tales" might but turned into a study of human behavior and an introspective look into the human condition.

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    Margaret Stuart 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Magical"

    Beautifully read and full of adventure, humor and insight. Merlin, Lancelot, Hedgehog -- I miss them already. A magical tale for all ages.

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    G. Whitehouse Napa,CA USa 06-22-16
    G. Whitehouse Napa,CA USa 06-22-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Long but engaging"

    Last section dragged on way too long. Really enjoyed all other parts and wonderful narration.

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    Bill Hutchins 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read (listen)"

    Very entertaining and when taken as a whole quite thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone

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    Isaac Smith 05-25-16
    Isaac Smith 05-25-16
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    "truly a deep thought and brilliant book"

    as a deep thought and and story lover, this book does both with brilliant and beautiful stories. you will laugh with humor, wallow in sorrow because of the sad truth, but you will never loose hope, and you will find yourself seeking to do better, fit both you, and the world

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    Caitlin 05-19-16
    Caitlin 05-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "I love this book"

    When I purchased this, the first thing I did was bookmark the start of each book.

    Chapter 1 The Sword in the Stone
    Chapter 25 The Witch in the Wood
    Chapter 39 The Ill-Made Knight
    Chapter 84 The Candle in the Wind
    Chapter 98 The Book of Merlin

    I have a paperback copy of this, that does not include The Book of Merlin. It is my favorite story, and the paperback is missing pages, from being frequently read (and also from being thrown into my backpack or purse).
    I've really enjoyed the audiobook.

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    Valiant 03-11-16
    Valiant 03-11-16
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    "Excellent"

    An amazing story and outstanding performance. Neville Jason should get an Oscar for his performance.

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    Gail 03-10-16
    Gail 03-10-16
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    "long but enjoyable"

    The classic story of King Arthur, including his really life through to his death. slow moving at times, but builds all the characters to full depth, particularly Launcelot.

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    Cynthia 03-07-16
    Cynthia 03-07-16
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    "just too long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    took too many turns - was expecting something a little less fanciful. Off shoots of absurd tales. Not so much for me.


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    Sean 02-15-16
    Sean 02-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    The narrator made this fantastic, yet sometimes slow novel every bit as wonderful as reading it. His voices were varied and full of character, especially Merlin's. These books made me rethink or reaffirm many of my core beliefs, which I think is a wonderful quality possessed by only the greatest of literary works.

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