A four-time Academy Award nominee, twice for writing and twice for acting, Ethan Hawke has starred in the films Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Gattaca, and Training Day as well as Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy and Boyhood. He is the author of the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday.
'Never announce you are a Knight, simply behave as one. You are better than no one, and no one is better than you'.
When Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke was a boy, his grandfather taught him how to be a knight. Now, on the eve of a battle from which he fears he may not return, Sir Thomas writes a letter to his children, so that he may pass on all his hard-won lessons, deepest aspirations and most instructive failures.
Full of adventure and wit, the letter provides a guide for living a good and noble life - a reminder that without a little agony none of us would bother to learn a thing; that we must work together as brothers or perish together as fools; that a friend loves you because you are true to yourself, not because you agree with him. And, most importantly, it shows that there is no obstacle that enough love cannot move.
©2015 Ethan Hawke (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
This book was a pleasant and easy listen which I can say I enjoyed. I think the noble messages it puts across makes for some good life lessons in general and the narrator did a good job of keeping it interesting throughout.
I do think that the format could have done with making each moral tale much longer and fleshed out though. Like the story about the two wolf brothers could have been something to really bring out the writers obvious skills in descriptive story telling, but ended up being disappointingly short lived, as were most of the other tales.
Overall a nice book which is well worth a listen.
It's definitely up there, as I feel it teaches some valuable lessons.
For me it was the last chapter, as it was the longest and ended on a high note especially for the subject matter.
The narration, I feel, was superb and immersive. It was as if the letter was truely being read by a knight of old.
It made me contemplate my life and gave me an appreciation of etiquette and philosophy for living life, which is very much needed I feel in this modern age.
A great listen to some very great life lessons that if more people followed would indeed make this an awesome time to live in. If not all, I feel that anyone person giving this a listen can take something a way from one of the many chapters. An easy listen and to the point with great charisma and execution.
I can't believe I spent a whole credit on this book. There was no real story, and what was there was pretty badly written - the 'poem' at the end reached another level of awful.
Inappropriate modern references in a piece supposed to be based in 15th century England were jarring, so much so that I was left wondering if they were actually intentional for some reason that escaped me.
The final insult was listening to the list of names at the end, who I assume the author was comparing himself to - names including Marcus Aurelius and Shakespeare 😕
Nothing wrong with the narrator's performance (always good to end a review on a positive note).
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