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Rules for a Knight

By: Ethan Hawke
Narrated by: Alessandro Nivola
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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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Knights Tale

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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I will listen to this one more than once.

This is something every person, especially young people, should read. Such an excellent code to live by. We should all be knights.

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Heart achingly beautiful performance

Rarely does an audiobook, long where the narrator and the storyline fuse so beautifully.
Mr.Hawks treatise on what true Nobility looks like, lives like and speaks like, transcend's any gender a child maybe.

while it is designed to pass on and impart Immortal wisdom from father her grandfather to their offspring the advice Cobble together from different guises of various mythologies serves as a wonderful guide for anyone.

the tone and tenor of the narrator however is what knocks this out of the park. the gravitas of his voice conveys the weight of the wisdom being imparted, combine this with a burning campfire and you're ready to navigate some of the biggest choices one may Ponder about ones life, and how they may live it with Nobility.


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Great for Parents

Would you listen to Rules for a Knight again? Why?

Yes.. there are life lessons in every chapter.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a great little book full of parables.. My kids love hearing the stories, and I am hopeful that it's instilling some additional values at the core.

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

Yes

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great gift for young adults

loved it. great for balancing out the reader during difficult times. high recommended. thanks

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Just a few hours of straight edge wisdom

it takes wisdom from many different streams of ideologies and wraps them all up in a familiar themed package.

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Good book. fast read, / listen

I enjoyed the book. makes great points.
I definitely would recommend listening to it for a younger people.

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absolutely beautiful

my 5 boys now each have a copy!!
we love this!. we read it out loud!!

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Great book and quick play

I normally only do audio books if read by author but loved this one read by Alessandro. I’ve read the book a few times and wished to knock it out again in audio form and trilled to see it was only a 2 hr play.

Great book, message, and vibe. I received the book as a gift and purchased the book as a gift for many.

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Surprised at his wisdom.

Wow! I was not expecting such a beautiful book. I sure do believe, Mr. Hawke has more to him than just acting, though most most would consider a movie star as being at the top of the social status, he could've been a simple inspiration to the human world.