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review 2017-06-23 03:43
The Once and Future King by T H White (Audiobook)
The Once and Future King - T.H. White,Neville Jason

Series: The Once and Future King #1-5

 

Narrated by Neville Jackson

 

This was supposed to represent a collection of five books, but the titles didn’t seem to be announced (or I kept missing them) so they all just blurred together. I liked the first book, The Sword in the Stone, and I’d give that one 3 stars because although I liked it the animal stories became a bit repetitive. That covers Arthur’s childhood (I think). I’d recommend stopping after that because the rest just seemed long. Stop after he becomes king, anyway, at whichever book it is. It seems like it’s impossible to write an Arthurian story where Lancelot and Guinevere aren’t boring and whiny. Later on Merlin went on some long rants about the nature of man and war that could seriously put you to sleep.

 

My opinion may be in the minority but it is what it is. Oh, and I could definitely have done without so many songs. The narrator wasn’t bad but he couldn’t make Merlin’s philosophizing interesting.

 

Previous updates:

1023/1983 minutes (52 %)

681/1983 minutes (34 %)

 

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text 2017-06-06 15:07
Reading progress update: I've listened 1023 out of 1983 minutes.
The Once and Future King - T.H. White,Neville Jason

I think Lancelot is taking over the role of most annoying character. He's still not quite as bad as Gwenhwyvar (sp?) from Mists of Avalon but he's becoming a contender. His Guinevere is annoying too but we don't have to spend nearly as much time with her so far. 

 

I might need another break from this book. 

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text 2017-05-23 00:05
Reading progress update: I've listened 681 out of 1983 minutes.
The Once and Future King - T.H. White,Neville Jason

Finished the first book and started on the second.

 

I feel like taking a break, though, because it's feeling very long. The performance is pretty good, but it's more a less just a series of linked adventures so far, and my attention sometimes wanders.

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text 2017-01-08 00:55
Reading progress update: I've read 119 out of 271 pages.
Mistress Masham's Repose (New York Review Children's Collection) - T.H. White,Fritz Eichenberg

this is a charming "kid's read" that I think would entertain most adults. the Lilliputians may soon have a bigger worry than foxes, magpies, owls, kestrels, and the types of garden snakes that are no threat to regular-sized people; the governess is determined to discover where Maria is getting strange little gifts. Maria worries her miniature friends will be sold to a circus!

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text 2017-01-07 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 271 pages.
Mistress Masham's Repose (New York Review Children's Collection) - T.H. White,Fritz Eichenberg

after two mediocre reads, I was really intent on hopefully selecting something entertaining to read on my birthday. what to do, what to do? not sure. but I decided to put my faith in--of all things--a book marketed to 9 to 12 year olds. trust me when I say I am not turning 9, or 12, today--but heck, reading a book like this does make me feel young again, when it's good, that is. and I love this! after all, it's from the Once And Future King guy, and it's on Moorcock and Cawthorn's "Fantasy: 100 Best Books" list from the late 1980s...elusive for a while, but now easier to obtain. pretty sophisticated for a 9 year old, by the way. love the illustrations, and the premise, which extends Gulliver's Travels to a scenario where Lilliputians hiding out in a temple on an island in a lake that's part of a huge decaying manor inhabited by a lonely girl lorded over by a horrid governess and vicar, make friends with the girl and invite her to get to know their little eked-out miniature community. soon, it seems, she will have to protect them from the rest of the world. yah, it's for 9 year olds, innocence and evil type-stuff, yah...

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