Synopses & Reviews
"Neville Jason's approach, he says, is to be 'humble to the material' he is working with and to let the 'powers of absorption work.' It is apt that in this classic retelling of the King Arthur legend, the wizard Merlin often teaches the boy Arthur (aka Wart) by changing him into other creatures a fish, a bird to learn by absorption, by being, with empathy being the least of the lessons taught. It is a perfect fit of sensibilities. Jason, who was awarded the Diction Prize by Sir John Gielgud at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, delivers fully developed characters with such warmth and spark that listeners are instantly transported to Sir Ector's castle. Originally written in 1938, this audiobook is perfect for any J.K. Rowling fan, as its humor, intellect and playfulness feels as contemporary as a Harry Potter novel. In fact, Rowling has described White's Wart as 'Harry's spiritual ancestor.' Combined with the brilliant performance by Jason, what more could a fantasy fan want?" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
One of the most inventive and charming retellings of the Arthurian legend, the first part of The Once and Future King. Through a series of adventures that involve being turned into animals, an encounter with a very hungry witch and a meeting with the real Robin Hood, Merlyn instructs Wart (Arthur) and his brother Sir Kay in the ways of the world, and broader wisdom too. 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?