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Not only is this a wonderful folk tale with a solid moral for children and adults alike, but it's fourteen minutes of the incomparable Alan Rickman, who, as the satirical newspaper The Onion once put it, could strike terror in the heart of an unassuming pizza delivery boy with three little words: "So be it." I know that other narrators (most notably Meryl Streep, of course, as well as Caroline Lee, Finty Williams, Simon Prebble, Kenneth Branagh, and the amazing Santino Fontana) have been said to be so talented that one would gladly pay "to listen to [them] read the phone book," but as I drove home from work tonight listening to this story, I thought, "My god! It's literally true!" and imagined listening with glee as Rickman curled those lips and prosodic contours around a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Another bonus of this recording: the way-cool African folk music, and Alfre Woodard's Afterword. I will almost certainly now purchase the full volume of Mandela's Favorite Folktales...especially if the other narrators of that full volume are even one-tenth as good as Alan Rickman.
8 of 14 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Ring of the King again? Why?
I would and have listened to the recording. It is very enjoyable and a quick diversion during a hectic day.
What other book might you compare The Ring of the King to and why?
I could compare it to any folktale type of book.
Which character – as performed by Alan Rickman – was your favorite?
I am a HUGE fan of Alan Rickman, and I love the way that he narrates books. This story is read well, the different characters have different voices, but they don't sound silly, and I think it's the story itself that really appeals to me, although I have to admit, I bought it first because Mr. Rickman was narrating it.
Any additional comments?
Well worth the buy.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
this is a wonderful story that reinforces the need to make logical decisions and not superstitious ones
Great story and unforgettable performance from Alan Rickman.
Could listening to this story over and over again.