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Publisher's Summary

It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of 20 virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield.

"Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable...."

Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight's hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father's exquisite love.

Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that - in the story of a young man's journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning - captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could emanate only from Ethan Hawke.

©2010, 2015 Under the Influence Productions Corp. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"[Narrator Alessandro] Nivola uses grandfatherly tones - melodious, deep, and enchanting - to draw listeners in. Using lyrical tones, he BECOMES the knight who writes his timeless advice for his sleeping heirs." ( AudioFile)

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Good read for all

Great book! Well written. Good read for all to take to heart. Good books are hard to find. Thank you.

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Awesome!!!

This book is great for anyone. It teaches principles that everyone aspiring to be a better person should live by. My wife and I even read the hardcover version of this book to our children for them to learn from the guidelines and direction given in these teachings and rules.

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fabulous!

I loved this! listened to it twice in 24 hours! Great rules to live by covered with an interesting story.

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Misleading.

What would have made Rules for a Knight better?

Not pass it off as historical. I realize you could search for the author and information but if you just, as I did, pick up the title and go by the introduction you would be confused if you are familiar with Eastern philosophy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rules for a Knight?

The discoveries I kept making that left me to stop listening altogether which is Its blatant rehashing of various wisdom quotations from different countries in the past and passing it off as a singular work.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It modernizes older words of wisdom for a new day which is a positive I suppose.

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Parables for Upright Person

Enjoyable uplifting book with a story of a Knight giving teachings through parable for his children before he goes to battle. This book was recommended by Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki as must read spiritual book and I would agree. Divided into short chapters makes a good inspiration read every now & then

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This is the book you should read!

If you could sum up Rules for a Knight in three words, what would they be?

Simple, elegant, and straightforward. Meaningful, concise, and moving. This book uses a entertaining narrative to convey important messages about what it is to be a mature and thoughtful human being.

Highly recommended!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rules for a Knight?

The secret is: there is no secret.

Paraphrased form: “Pay attention: what you need to know is usually in front of you. There are no secrets, just things people choose not to notice.”

What does Alessandro Nivola bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good voices and a consistent and appropriate accent.

If you could rename Rules for a Knight, what would you call it?

Rules for humanity.

Any additional comments?

Read this book.

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I approached this book as real and didn't realize it was a piece of fiction until later when I goggled the author and background after a few chapters. I started getting suspicous after the two wolves story which is from Indian folklore. Also the Knight's world view was very modern, and secular.

I think that is why it was hard to finish the book because I no longer felt that I was receiving some ancient wisdom like the Art of War.

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Wow...

This is an absolutely Beautiful work. Making you think in a new, more mindful way, this book tells you to make the most out of life in every opportunity and to love, care, and be thankful of everything that you have.
One of the most beautiful little books I've ever read/heard.

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Simply amazing

Loved this book. Was told to read it by multiple people that I think highly of. I see why. Learn this and pass it on... Very good read! Short book, I'll listen to it and read it over and over again.

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Wonderful read

lessons throughout from beginning to end. Stories to remember for generations to share to help learn how to be better.