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The whole world knows and loves this book. It is the magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.

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T. H. White first gained popularity for his nonfiction works about the countryside of the United Kingdom, but he is best known today for his fantastic fiction. In his tetralogy The Once and Future King--called by Lin Carter in Imaginary Worlds "one of the most brilliant fantasy novels in literature"--he made the legends of King Arthur accessible for the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626349014
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 29 CDs, 36 hours
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 4.10 (d)

Meet the Author

T. H. White is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy The Once and Future King, among other works.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    The Once and Future King Review

    Most fantasy books have taken a back seat these days. Small-time books are overshadowed with the ever so popular fantasy books of Harry Potter and Twilight. However, I came across a book on my family's bookshelf that revealed to me that small-time fantasy books can provide just as many hours of entertainment as any other popular book. T. H. White's "The Once and Future King" is a book I recommend for a great read if you want a simple yet fantasy based tale.

    "The Once and Future King" is a fantasy book based on the young King Arthur and his magical world in Camelot. What I liked most about this book is its use of perspective. The book is surrounded with characters of all types and personalities. The book contains four parts and each part is presented from the view of a different character. All four parts of the book depict King Arthur's rise to power all the way to his death. However, the different characters that present the story are both friends and enemies of King Arthur. For instance, the third part is read through Lancelot's life, who is King Arthur's most trusted knight and protector of Camelot. On the other hand, the fourth part of the book is presented through King Orkney's four sons Gawaine, Gaheris, Gareth, and Agravaine who all wish to see King Arthur lose his throne because of Arthur's past history.

    This four-part perspective book is flooded with characters that all have their unique personality. I found this most enjoyable as I made my own opinions about characters. I found it almost like a movie with characters I highly respect and others that generally irritated me.

    While characters are a central part of the story, the fantasy elements to the story add a little bit of comic relief to the book. From magical animals to wizardry to even war, this book is filled with both a dramatic plot and side humor all surrounded by its unique characters.

    I recommend this book not for those who wish to learn about King Arthur and his Round Table, but for those who want a simple and easy read for the sake of plot and entertainment. This story to me does not have the extreme insightful and enlightening themes that most of us enjoy in books. To me, it is just a straightforward story where you learn to love and hate the characters. "The Once and Future King" is just pure entertainment for an escape from reality. It is the epitome of a small-time fantasy book.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    I had to read this for summer reading, and now I love it.

    This book is now one of my favorites of all time. Yes, at first, it was very confusing and kind of hard to keep reading. Once you read the first or second book, it gets much easier to finish and to fall in love with. It also had alot of twists and things that you werent expecting, which is one thing that I love in books. The only thing that I had a problem with was that there were some points where it would spend way too much time describing one thing, and it also skipped over about six years of Arthur's life.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Fantastial!

    I first read this in hardcover, ohhhh..... I'm not telling you how long ago - long enough that I had to get a new copy because the cover fell off! I loved "Arthur" stories as a kid, and the historical novels and variations that came out in the 70's and 80's as I grew up. When I stumbled across this one, I was both enthralled and vastly amused. I actually didn't realize that Disney stole the plot and twisted a chapter or two into their cartoon.... silly me! The Book Is Always Better! It's a great read that has a really "chatty", conversational tone, that assumes that you not only know a lot about King Arthur, but a little about history as well, or else you miss a lot of the jokes. But even if you do, the wizard who lives backwards and knows the future because it's his past, and the boy who turns into a fish and becomes king of all Briton will steal your heart. Enjoy!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Best telling of the King Arthur legend.

    I loved this book. Is it the easiest book to read? Maybe not, but the complexity of the plot and the richness of the characters, is not easily told. The first book in the tetralogy is light while each of the following books become darker and more intense.

    This story stays with you long after you turn the final page. There's a lot to learn about life and humanity here. I always found the usual King Arthur stories too romantic, too artificial, but T. H. White wrote this story of King Arthur for adults and those who want to think.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

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    Quite Interesting

    I haven't finished it yet, but as of now it is definitely one of the better books I have read. It adds a lot more to the Authur story than most people know.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    i love the king Arthur story's and i love this book i recommend

    i love the king Arthur story's and i love this book i recommend this book to people who enjoy fantasy and myth type of tales!!:)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Wasn't for me

    Some people have absolutely LOVED this book and raved about it. I bought it for a book club meeting, but it just wasn't for me. I just could not get into it. I think it is well written, but just not for me. If you don't like fantasy stories you might not like it, if you do like fantasy you might love it.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    The Once and Future King

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I saw the movie that was based on this book and was able to imagine the cartoon characters along with the book. I higly recommend it to literature and history students and teachers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

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    Ugh

    I picked up this book because I love the King Arthur legends. Once and Future King was thoroughly disappointing. White's tone is didactic, and his constant mentions of communism are not only annoying, they're out of place. He also has a tendency of disparaging other King Arthur authors (especially Malory). The only character who is at all sympathetic following "The Sword and the Stone" is Lancelot. The majority of the characters are unlikeable or badly developed. Arthur and Mordred are completely flat. The story itself is constantly slowed by random lectures White slips in as a character's musings. Part 1, "The Sword and the Stone," is somewhat interesting, but the rest spirals down.
    Once and Future King would be a fantastic subject for literary criticism, particularly along political lines. It is not a book to read for pure enjoyment.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Great book!

    The book consists of four different books, which is why it ends up being 700+ pages long. I only read The Sword in the Stone, and it was great. It was the story of Wart, who ends up seeing adventures in the point of view of animals, vegetables, and minerals. Blow ever, it was written in an older English, with accents and dialects written in so that way when you read it would sound just like he character. Some words were made up, and were parts of King Arthur stories, so the dictionary wasn't as helpful as usual. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn lessons through animals or want to see how we are in their eyes. It really is quite interesting and I hope that when you read it, you will understand it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Super story and book. That is why they made a musical and movie about it.

    Great classic that belongs with Alice in Wonderland, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. A must read for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    The Once and Future King was written by T.H. White. The book is

    The Once and Future King was written by T.H. White. The book is
    sometimes called the world’s greatest fantasy classic. The book is
    historical fiction with fantasy mixed in. I think this book is mostly
    for people who enjoy fantasy. The book wasn’t really written to teach
    us anything, just for pleasure. The title, The Once and Future King,
    was a perfect choice for this book. This is because future kings will
    try to be like Arthur. It’s almost like he is the king of the future.
    The cover relates to the book with the knight in armor. Although it
    didn’t make me want to read the book, it was a good choice. The font
    size and the book were too small. The two main characters are the Wart
    and Merlyn. The Wart is King Arthur as a child and Merlyn was his
    tutor. Merlyn was secretly trying to teach the Wart to be a good king.
    He taught him by turning him into different animals to learn about how
    they work together to survive. In my opinion, this was not the greatest
    book. However, I am not a fan of fantasy books. I highly recommend
    this book to anyone who likes fantasy, but discourage it if you are more
    of a scientific reader. It would just be a waste of time and
    unenjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2006

    Horrible

    I tried to read this novel, it was horrible. I have a 12 year old grand daughter that is to old for this.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    boring

    i love the story of king arthur but this book was just.....bad.... im suprised that so many people seem to enjoy it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    once and future king bites

    this novel was horrible. i can't believe my teacher made me read this!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Great book but...

    Not worth $15 for the ebook. Btw BN, this collection was not published in 2011. The copyright is much older.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    $15 for an ebook?

    I heard it was good, but $15, really?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    LOVE THIS BOOK, I LOVE STORY'S LIKE THIS.I WILL CONTINUE TO BUY

    LOVE THIS BOOK, I LOVE STORY'S LIKE THIS.I WILL CONTINUE TO BUY MOOR OF T.H. WHITE BOOKS,AND MOST OF I CAN NOT PUT IT DOWN AT ALL. THANK GOD FOR BOOKS OR I WILL BE SO BOARD.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    i wish they had this book on the nook! i bought a nook so i can

    i wish they had this book on the nook! i bought a nook so i can read
    books on it and i realized most of the books i need are not on the nook!
    other then that this book is OK.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    T.H Whites is very famous for comedy and long books to entertain

    T.H Whites is very famous for comedy and long books to entertain
    readers. The book he wrote was “ Once and Future King” , which I thought
    was a fun fantasy like book. If you are very interested in movies like
    “ Lord of the Rings” or books like “ The Hobbit” , then this book is
    pretty much for the audience. The audience would learn a good lesson
    from this book. The book mainly uses laughter, magic and medieval
    things. “ Once and Future King” is a good title for this book. It means
    that Arthur had a destiny. “Once and Future King” font and print wasn't
    a good book to look at. It was small and wouldn't stay open. The real
    main character were Merlin and Arthur. But I couldn't never relate to
    them only in his life lesson. The one main idea that caught my attention
    was his responsibility. He learn how to grow up from Merlin. The writing
    style was interesting to. It was longer and story like to reader. The
    main point that stood out to me was learning also the point that he had
    to learn from at the battle. This book is really good for an audience
    who loves to play games like the Fantasy series. Arthur is growing up
    and doesn't know he is already a king until he pulls the sword from the
    stone. Merlin lives backward too. The best part to me was when the owl
    built a relationship with Arthur throughout the book. The only way the
    book touch me was how it teaches life lesson.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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