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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hear It Read It Classics
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; 3 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402212437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402212437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[…] I persuaded them [my children] to try one last story: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table read by Sean Bean. Written by Benedict Flynn, this is part of Naxos AudioBooks' series billed as 'Classical Literature with Classical Music'. […] Within minutes, silence descended. I'd like to say this was because they were entranced by the story, but it had more to do with Sean Bean's voice. For two and a half hours, they were spellbound - and, of course, the moment it ended, they wanted to listen to the whole thing again. The only interruption was when Sasha complained that Benedict Flynn had got the story wrong. "Merlin isn't an old man," she scoffed. "He's a teenage boy." It took all my persuasive powers to convoke her that the version of the legend we were listening to predated the BBC television series named after the wizard. --Toby Young, The Spectator --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Benedict Flynn's imaginative retellings of classic stories have reintroduced characters such as King Arthur and Robin Hood to a new generation of children. He lives in Great Britain.

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Sean Bean does a wonderful job reading.
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What is said is basically between the lines, but very clear for older listeners.
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I originally purchased this "Junior Classic" - as a gift for my little brother, an Arthur aficianado - I didn't expect to enjoy it much myself. However, the adaptation is well-done, and is not so inane as to make it unbearable to anyone over ten, which is what I expected. I was so pleasantly surprised that I went out and bought myself a copy!
British actor Sean Bean has an incredible range of voices and accents, which he uses impeccably to enrich the characters he reads (though all the narrative is done in his lovely native Yorkshire). Morgana le Fay, Lancelot, Elaine, and, yes, Arthur all come to life as one listens. A very enjoyable audiobook, for bedtime or listening to in the car, or just as a mini-holiday!
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mabila on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
As others have mentioned, it's truly Sean Bean's narration that sets this recording apart. He does a fabulous job making the story come alive and, well, his voice is just utterly lovely as well.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the music left something to be desired (perhaps, in fact, simply that it had been left out). The music is more often distracting -- and occasionally inappropriate to the story -- than not. But I'm still giving the recording 5 stars because otherwise it's so wonderful and oughtn't be missed.

For listening with kids... My 2nd grader has been equally enchanted as I, and has been asking to drive out of our way just to listen to more. As with any telling of the Arthur tales, there's the opportunity for a fair amount of sexual content. What is said is basically between the lines, but very clear for older listeners. It would probably go over most children's heads, as it has my son, but some parents might feel it's inappropriate for children. There are encounters that lead to children, kisses that signal infidelity, women lying on beds and men who "love" them. Nothing is described in detail, but some parents might be uncomfortable with the conversations that could arise.

Most of the familiar stories are here: the sword in the stone, Excalibur and the Lady of the Lake, Gawain and the green knight, the lady of Shalott, Lancelot's love for Guinevere, Sir Galahad and the "perilous" seat, the quest for the Holy Grail, Morgana Le Fay (entirely wicked, as is traditional, in this version)... Overall, I feel it's an excellent introduction to the tales. And so beautiful to listen to!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Toni on January 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I honestly have to say that I purchased this audio CD through Audible.com only to hear the beautiful voice of Sean Bean. I wasn't disappointed! Then, after hearing a great story, I purchased it again through Amazon for my 9 year old nephew. Sean does a brilliant job, that would keep any person, young or old, interested in hearing the story of King Arthur. Highly recommended!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer T. Conner on January 21, 2004
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In all honesty, though I have always loved the stories of Arthur and Camelot, I too bought this audio book merely to hear the amazing voice of Sean Bean. The two combined make for a very powerful and gripping story.
This would be a perfect gift for children, the young-at-heart, or anyone who is captivated by the stories of Camelot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having read the other reviews, I feel as though I must offer a dissenting view. Most of the other reviewers enjoyed the way Benedict Flynn set out the whole King Arthur legend in an easy to follow narrative aimed at children. To do this, Flynn had to boil down the story to its most simple elements.

In my opinion, this reductionist approach is the wrong way to introduce young children to one of the great stories of Western Literature. It is better to cull out individual stories from the legend and present them with all their rich details. Good examples of this alternative approach are David Borgenicht's "The Legend of King Arthur" and Margaret Hodge's "The Kitchen Knight". I believe the best way to get children to love King Arthur is to hook them on great individual stories. When they are older, they will string these stories together themselves with more sophiticated retellings of the legend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. W. Moreland on November 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This retelling of the Arthurian legend is a thorough delight for older children and adults alike. Not only is Benedict Flynn true to the essence and spirit of this classic tale of good and evil, of heroes and their human failings (and disastrous consequences!), he tells the story in language that crackles with life and lyricism. Sean Bean's narration and playing of the many parts is impeccable. (The Tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight alone is worth the price of the recording.) And how refreshing it is to hear one of the great myths of British heritage retold without the tacky revisionism so fashonable today. A work not only to entertain but to inspire as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Reese on September 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sean Bean's narration is absolutely fantastic! Worth the purchase price, alone. The scant music leaves a lot to be desired, and it's the only reason that I didn't give a 5-star review. If you're a Sean Bean fan, buy it NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lilacrose on September 19, 2009
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I was always intrigued by this story. It was very well written. This CD offers the story told with the lush and sumptuous voice of actor, Sean Bean. Not a bad deal for the price I paid. Let's be frank on this one. Mr. Bean could read the phone book and make it sound wonderful. I couldn't go wrong with this purchase.
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