Le Morte d'Arthur

  • by Sir Thomas Malory
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal. Originally published in 1485, Le Morte d'Arthur is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony. This audio adaptation of Malory's epic poem grips the listener with the fateful story of Arthur's ascension to the throne as a boy, his marriage to Guenever, the formation of the Knights of the Round Table, the quest for the Holy Grail, the ill-fated passion between Guenever and Launcelot, the treachery of Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred, and the ultimate destruction of Arthur's realm.

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Derek Jacobi is Astounding

This work is fairly well known to all lovers of the Arthurian Legend. But the life that Derek Jacobi breathes into every single sentence of the work is just amazing. His reading alone is worth listening to. Sometimes, I hear a sentence, and imagine how I would have read the same sentence; it is at these times that I realize how extraordinary are Mr. Jacobi's powers of interpretation.
Of course, the book itself is filled with tales of the highest adventure, even if the fifteenth-century language takes some getting used to. But in this edition, Derek Jacobi walks away with the show.
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- Edward

An outstanding reading

This sounds like it was taken from tape, and the audio quality is slightly rough around the edges. But Jacobi's reading is phenomenal, taking the knottiest of Malory's sentences and turning them into shimmering, expressive prose. The abridgement is full enough to capture an accurate flavor of the original. Malory's stories develop endless branches upon branches, and just when you think he's lost the thread of the story completely, he comes back to the main point and ties everything up. This version is particularly fortunate in including some of the narrative that follows the death of Arthur and Mordred: the dilemmas faced by Lancelot and Guinevere after the passing of the kingdom, and the decisions they make, are almost unbearably painful. Jacobi, relating these stories, sounds like an old friend by the fireside on a cold winter's night.
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- Tad Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2000
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books