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Absolutely outstanding reading in the beautiful, dulcet Yorkshire tones of Sean Bean. Sean does a brilliant job, that would keep any person, young or old, interested in hearing the story of King Arthur. I *highly* recommend this download.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
I have the Howard Pyle version, which is fine - a classic for sure, but a little on the wordy side and a bit dry for my 7-year-old daughter. I thought this shorter version would be more accessible for her. It's exciting - Sean Bean's narration and the soundtrack make it a good listen. But I'm glad I previewed it before playing it for my daughter. I'm no prude, but I don't want my young daughter to hear about the Lancelot, Arthur, Guinevere love triangle just yet. In this version, Lancelot spends the night with Guinevere while she's married to Arthur, and they're accused of being lovers. Also, Arthur and Lancelot both father sons resulting form bizarre encounters with women who trick them. I've read many versions of the Arthurian legend (from Marion Zimmer Bradley, etc.), so it's not like I was unaware of these events and character connections. I just didn't expect them to come up in a version supposedly for young children. I think I'll wait a few years before exposing my daughter to these complex adult themes.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
A classy production and no mistake. The Naxos team have taken an axe to the legends of Camelot and really butchered them in order to make them more child friendly and get the whole thing down to a couple of hours. In doing so they have got rid of all the boring stuff, made Arthur a lot more sympathetic, developed some proper baddies and given the whole thing a marvelous flow that it often lacks. The end result is a brilliantly epic and gripping take on the stories, and I wanted to listen again the minute it finished. Sean Bean's reading is perfect and the atmospheric use of classical music is the icing on the cake. Don't be put off by the target audience being 8 - 13 year olds, this is a truly great listening expireience.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
First of all, I really did enjoy this reading. Sean Bean has a great voice, really getting into the characters in a way that children will love (and the mark of a great audio title, you forget that you're listening, and just involved!).
Unfortunately, the clangers of the tale for me were that the version of the Arthur legend seems to be reworked largely from the Disney (and not just TH White) version. You're brought short by a change to the story that just isn't in the older versions - kids won't notice, but if you've investigated deeper into the mythology, there are some howlers that just ruin the story.
A good adaptation, but be aware if an adult listener with any knowledge of Arthur.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful