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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 10, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016V7ZPSW
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Rules for a Knight Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I'm really happy to have read this and I completely recommend it to you. I hope this review helps you.
That said, two things break the illusion. Right off the bat, two stories the knight relates are clearly direct alterations of existing parables: the Buddhist tale of two monks crossing a river, and the Native American parable of two wolves. I hesitate to call it plagiarism, as these are old parables that have been told and retold, but they break the illusion of an ancient found medieval letter. It also led me to question whether some of the other tales were also retellings/adaptations of existing parables. I appreciate what Hawke was trying to do, but it broke the illusion.
The second aspect which broke the illusion of a medieval letter was the style of the writing. Dialogue is presented more like in a modern novel, as are the internal thoughts of a third person. It feels like Hawke let his voice take over for the letter's "author" at times.
I don't want to disparage this book too much, though. I liked it. I think Hawke has collected some timeless virtues and captured their essence in memorable descriptions that are worth hanging on a wall or reading to your kids. It's also a creative idea and I think Hawke deserves credit for that.
Lastly, I really liked the small hardcover binding. It grants this little tome a dressing of simplicity and age that serves it well.
Highly recommend this book!
This book is reminiscent of A Medieval Home Companion by Tania Bayard. The translated advice of an older husband to his young wife.
Ethan's book is a touching letter to loved ones. A nice addition to my library.