Le Morte D'Arthur

Written by:
Sir Thomas Malory
Narrated by:
Derek Jacobi

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2005
9 hours 5 minutes
For over 1,000 years, tales of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table have enthralled people, among them Henry VIII and T. E. Lawrence. Proof of the Arthurian legend's timeless appeal is the fact that scarcely a year goes by without a new adaptation. Published in 1485, Sir Thomas Malory's epic poem Le Morte d'Arthur became the standard source for future Arthurian works such as Idylls of the King by Lord Tennyson and T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

With its expressive, vigorous dialogue, Le Morte d'Arthur resounds with colloquial liveliness and ceremonious dignity, the style for a fifteenth-century gentleman. This audio recording grips the listener with the fascinating, fateful story of Arthur's ascension to the throne as a boy, his marriage to Guenevere, the formation of the Round Table Knights, the quest for the Holy Grail, the ill-fated passion between Lancelot and Guenevere, the treachery of Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred, and the ultimate destruction of Arthur's realm.

A superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal, Le Morte d'Arthur is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony.
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Jacobi's narration really makes Morte come alive. I was shocked by how readable, how moving this dusty book could be. I don't know how I came by the impression that it would be tiresome and outdated, but I have to say that it wasn't bad at all.

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John Mosby

Le Morte D'Arthur retells, ever so poetically, the florid details of that famous Round Table. English in this piece is deconstructed quite beautifully here and there throughout the stories, that it becomes a kind of subplot for me. The characters are all heroic, whether good or bad, and developed in a stout manner which adds to the parts of this entire statuesque legend. Sir Mallory makes me enthralled to be heir to the English tongue and culture.

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