He strongly objected to the war and didn't want to be involved in it. Given the references to the death of Uther Pendragon in 1216 and the appearance of Thomas Malory at the end of the story, Arthur would have lived from 1201-1485. The narration by Neville Jason is as good as it gets. The anachronisms mentioned above are fun; these just get heavy-handed. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. In the first book, Merlyn instructs Arthur and his brother Sir Kay in the ways of the world. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds.
Neville Jason handles the archaic terms impeccably, and moves easily between the chivalric language harking back to Malory and the more modern phrases and asides. Merlyn instructs the Wart Arthur and his brother, Sir Kay, in the ways of the world. The sheer range of subjects among the 60 recordings he read for Naxos AudioBooks showed his versatility and his impeccable preparation. From the second book, The Queen of Air and Darkness, which opens in the cold north as Queen Morgause boils a black cat alive while her four sons are telling the story of their grandmother's rape by Arthur's father, begins the increasingly dark movement of the novel, centered on the tragedy caused by Arthur's family history and the romantic triangle between himself, Guenevere, and Lancelot The Ill-Made Knight. Merlin is aware of past, present and the future. Our sympathy goes to his wife, Gillian, and his family. But I wanted to hear the whole thing, and I'm glad I did.
Summary: Chapter 21 Merlyn tells the sulking Wart that the best thing for sadness is to learn something new. Performer s : Read by Neville Jason. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. Likewise, seeking a cure to war while insisting upon the individuality of man seems to me a logical Mobius Strip. Believe me if you buy the first book, you are going to want the second and if you buy the second, etc. In the second and third parts of the novel, Arthur has become king and the kingdom is threatened from the north.
Besides, we shall by then have a numerous and starving army. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. I want to get everything I can from any book I read. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music. However, our reader, Neville Jason, would get six stars if that were possible. Eventually, an ant from a rival nest approaches the Wart's colony and is murdered — a war ensues. What does it matter if Antony did fall upon his sword? Any feather-pated girl can steal a heart.
Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. Good and the product of much considered work and ready and fresh and valuable. Comparing Batman, Superman, and Captain America to Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristram, and Sir Galahad isn't a huge leap of the imagination. It was about 30 years ago now. The Witch In the Wood 1939 This is shorter, darker and not as funny, nor as good as the book before and after, but necessary as it explains the origin of the Round Table.
Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. This is the longest of the books and actually goes on about three hours longer then it should have. This book brought the whole series down from Five stars to Four. The books are different from each other for example the first book is full of magic and it is almost completely forgoten in the second. He, while his brothers fled to England, was the one who stayed alone with her for twenty years—her living larder. 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. She existed in him like the vampire.
Looking at the ants gives the Wart the idea to ask Merlyn transform him into one, and the wizard reluctantly agrees. So, where other reviewers see wordiness, I see a window into the writer's mind. It's very well-read, voices are excellently done. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. When he acted, he became as unreal as she had been, pretending to be a virgin for the unicorn.
They are fripperies to the soul of man. It's as if White set up characters to have a dialog that he was having with himself. He makes two unsuccessful attempts to pull out the sword. It sounds preachy, sanctimonious the besetting foible of people who, like White, are agnostics and limiting. Final score: one star for The Sword in the Stone, one star for The Witch in the Wood, one star for The Ill-Made Knight and one star for The Candle in the Wind. In the final two books, the aging king faces his greatest challenge, when his own son threatens to overthrow him.
Not so much in the context of some science fiction novel but in his memory. White often appears to use the education of the young king Wart by Merlyn to educate the reader. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king. Well, I have read a fair bit myself and this is definitely one of the best written books I have ever read. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged. The first 4 books are wonderfully detailed and captivating.