Many authors, from Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century through the romantics and up to current times, have interpreted the King Arthur story, mixing mythologies and legends with history, religion, and magic. Here is Sir James Knowles' 1860 take on Arthur. Knowles, living during the Victorian revival of Arthur, gives a story of nobility and gallantry. Arthur appears in his classic adventures and battles emphasizing the concept of Arthur as an English origin myth. Not, perhaps, the most remarkably written entry in the world of Arthur, this volume makes up for lack of style with action and heroism. Eric Brooks has fun with his performance in this audiobook, creating colorful characterizations and exaggerating the drama almost to the point of playful caricature.
King Arthur was a legendary British leader of the late fifth and early sixth century who, according to the medieval histories and romances, led the defense of the Romano-Celtic British against the Saxon invaders in the early sixth century. This book gives an account of the life of this great legend of all times.
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Was excited to her this story as i like the era...However it soon became very repetitive with a 'smote' every few minutes and all knights constantly fighting each other for no particular reason. This book has no finesse!
"This was painful!"
Changing the narrator could have improved this book.
Not the audiobook.
His voice was not my taste for a good listen. He was sometimes hard to understand, and his voice did not flow.
"Heavy attention required for Arthurian Legend"
Language and terms are tough to follow at times and require a dictionary at hand while reading. The legend is one that should be well known and read because classics are cherished by many avid readers.
"Man, sooo Boring"
I'm going to be charitable and give this 2 stars. These stories may have been entertaining 400 years ago, but literature has greatly advanced, and societally has advanced from being mostly illiterate to highly literate.
These stories may be fun to read one a night to your kids, but when done rapidly they wear on one, the characters have no personality and the action consists of sentence after sentence of who smote who with their sword, and then at the end a helm gets cleaved in two, rinse repeat every ten pages.
"Don't waste your time."
I'm sure the knights back in the day, just went around looking for a fight, but they all started sounding the same. Maybe if you have a lot of time on your hands or are way into the whole Knight thing you'd like it.
The reader was so slow, it made it drag on as well.
"Lots of chopped off heads"
Plot is often tedious
He was fine. The characters were lacking in differentiation
It is interesting how violent children's books of a previous era could be. I'm sure this was used to teach bravery to the young, but what a bizarre, random world of violence it portrays. "Ah, yonder knight, whoever you are, let's fight to the death for no reason whatsoever." This could be subtitled: "Arthur and His Terminators"
"Better than I imagined."
I've never gone through a book on King Arthur, and this was great. I was surprised in a good way by the scenes of a spiritual nature, as these stories are significant in the development of humanity and are really worth our time to live into the pictures presented. There is wisdom behind these depictions.
"Best version of King Arthur I have ever heard
Loved it Chapter 1 really let me know who King Arthur was. Breaking down heroes into chapter allows easier study of each one.
This is the best version of King Arther and the knights. You won't regret reading it.
"slow and not what I had anticipated"
Glad I got the book under my belt, but I don't plan on revisiting. I'm passionate about this period and Camelot tales, but this was quite taxing to complete.
"Horrible voice; soporific reading"
I've heard this performer do other audiobooks (a Patrick O'Brien novel) and could not even sit through that one despite the wonderful prose. The man sounds like he's grudgingly reading aloud to a prison audience for whom he has disdain, unintentional cartoonish snobbery delivered in a stultifying monotone that seems to equate inflection with merely saying one word louder in a sentence. What is worse, I didn't know that I was going to be charged for the audio; I didn't open it in Audible but with Kindle and believed I was just getting Siri to read the book while I was cleaning the dishes. I'm sure there must be a better version of this audiobook; even Libravox probably has a better version.
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