The King Must Die

  • by Mary Renault
  • Narrated by Michael York
  • 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the classic story of the young Theseus - Prince of Troizen, King of Eleusis and Athens, slayer of the Minotaur. Mary Renault's powerful novel captures the modern imagination by weaving myth, legend, history, and fiction into the story of a young hero's search for his destiny, or moira. With divine guidance, Theseus faces countless challenges in his quest for his moira. From Theseus's early life as a prince, to his leadership of a captive team of bulldancers in Crete, not to mention his thrilling encounters with Poseidon, The King Must Die captures the full force of adventure, battle, and an epic quest.

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Sad treatment for a classic of historical fiction

The full version of The King Must Die by Mary Renault is a glowing, convincingly detailed retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Unfortunately, this painfully truncated abbreviation sacrifices not only most of the details and all of the grandeur, but even the narrative logic of the original. The very talented reader tries to help the listener make sense of the muddled remains, but has been left too little to work with.
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- Sarah Blair

very disappointing

What disappointed you about The King Must Die?

First why adbridge it , Mary Renault is a wonderful intellegent writer and it is great story.


What didn’t you like about Michael York’s performance?

He has a great speaking voice , but what a waste . I couldn't finish it . I felt like I was being droned and lectured at :(


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The King Must Die?

Cut none of it !!!


Any additional comments?

I would love to have her books available , part of the problem with her books is they are not for the lazy reader , she uses language and words you rarely hear these days . Alot of the pronunciation is difficult as few of us know Greek . I had been hoping for a lazy way to enjoy her books and didn't get it.

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- Mrs. Christina Marriott "Christina"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books