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Editor reviews

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.

Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Spoilt by monotone narration

Such a shame. These are excellent tales but totallt spoilt by the narrator. Monotone and shouts throughout ... could only listen in short chunks as it drove me mad. Wont buy anything from this Narrator again.

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  • HA
  • 05-11-15

Very basic

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!

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  • T. Rod
  • 05-09-14

This was painful!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Changing the narrator could have improved this book.

Would you recommend The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audiobook.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice was not my taste for a good listen. He was sometimes hard to understand, and his voice did not flow.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Felicia
  • 09-09-15

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.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-10-14

Man, sooo Boring

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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.

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  • Sheryl
  • 17-10-13

Don't waste your time.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reader was so slow, it made it drag on as well.

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  • Mike Le
  • 15-04-18

who know? such a deep story throughout

What did you love best about The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights?

based on "our" childhood rendition of the great King Arthur and various movies you never knew the whole story and how he came into power. how he acquired so much land and knights. i have a long daily commute and the book made my ride much more enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

i love how, once a knight is beaten, you would then serve the new king (arthur) if you wanted our life spared. did not realize this too was a way of acquiring new power and the winning knight to gain prestige.

Which character – as performed by Eric Brooks – was your favorite?

all was so good and enjoyable to listen to

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

the "full" story about queen guinevere and sir lancelot of the lake. it was a doomed love story but entertaining.

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  • LeonADude
  • 06-02-18

Historical worth

The value is in the historical context of when it is written. As a story, it gets old. There is good that can be pulled from it, but I think there are more modern texts that do so better. The book can help with understanding the thoughts and morals of the time it is written and that is it's real worth.

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  • Carl
  • 11-03-17

Lots of chopped off heads

What did you like best about The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights? What did you like least?

Plot is often tedious

Did Eric Brooks do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He was fine. The characters were lacking in differentiation

Any additional comments?

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"

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  • Michael Lapointe
  • 02-02-17

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-12-16

Best version of King Arthur I have ever heard<br />

Loved it Chapter 1 really let me know who King Arthur was. Breaking down heroes into chapter allows easier study of each one.

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  • Stephen C. Greeley
  • 27-09-16

Excellent

This is the best version of King Arther and the knights. You won't regret reading it.