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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen R. Lawhead Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pendragon Cycle Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781504634625
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They called him unfit to rule—a lowborn, callow boy, Uther’s bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mystical sage Merlin. He was Arthur Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty, who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war, ushering in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity—and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life.

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  • “The stories, alive with the mystery and magic of the ‘fair folk,’ cannot easily be forgotten, nor can the superb narration of Frederick Davidson as he captures the voices of hundreds of characters. His storytelling becomes as magical as the stories told around the fire by ancient bards. Merlin himself could do no better.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cinnamingirl | 2/17/2014

    " I wasn't sure how I felt about this book while reading it- it's gets a bit bogged down with all the battle scenes. However even though the narration was split and I am not a super fan of war fiction it was interesting. All the religion gets a bit monotonous after a while and there's an annoying tendency to be unclear about details that interest me; the whole Morgian/Urien thing, for example. I felt that toward the endthe story got a bit rushed and everything happened too quickly ... And then it just - ends. What?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Walton-Jones | 1/31/2014

    " This book is the third installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle. It turns out there are five books, but this one seems to reach a final conclusion. Did Lawhead plan more in his original vision for the series? I found this book too long and repetitive to be truly enjoyed. The legend of King Arthur fascinates me and the earlier books in the cycle added to my interest. This book was full of battles and the hoped for Summer Kingdom once attained was glossed over in a sentence. Christianity is woven like a thread through the story in a sympathetic manner. Some reviewers have said "too preachy"; but I would not agree. It does not seek to convert nor moralize. Spirituality and religion were as integral to life and therefore this story as battles, blades and blood! Avalon is a mystery and mystical and the High God and Jesu are part of the story in that same manner. I am curious now to see how Lawhead brings the story back to life following this seeming concluding episode. Not sure though if I will get to it soon.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky Shirley | 1/30/2014

    " It's been a while since I read Lawhead. I read Taliesin and Merlin a while ago, but then failed to follow through with this one. Hopefully I'll finish the whole cycle soon. I read this one fairly quickly, but I enjoyed the earlier stories a lot more. Lawhead retains first person narration throughout, with the story of Arthur's ascension to power and his death being told by Pelleas, Bedwyr and Aneirin (who later becomes Gildas, the historical author of the Ruin of Britain I presume). I failed to place Pelleas - he's a Malorian character here presented as Merlin's protege - but Bedwyr and Aneirin are familiar, and they record Arthur's battles at Badon and Camlann. There's a greater use of 'Celtic' myth throughought this part of the cycle, with Merlin re-telling The Dream of Rhonabwy and Branwen's story from the Mabionigon. The work is also a little more Christianised than the earlier books, which I don't necessarily mind, and some of the writing of those parts is very good; but I don't really like how 'universalised' the Arthurian legend is throughout. It's a little bit cliche for my liking. It also only occured to me in reading Arthur that Lawhead's conception of the 'Fair Folk' is actually quite reminiscent of Tolkien's Elves - that was quite frustrating. Nevertheless, if I hadn't left Pendragon in my university city over Easter, I'd be starting that by now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 1/24/2014

    " Good story == I have been re-reading the five book series of King Author by Stenphen R. Lawhead. The books begin at the tail end of the Roman heydays and the implosion of Atlantis. They take the reader through the few people who escaped to Britain and establish a community there. Heir to these people if Merlin and King Author. The stories are greatly embellished and provide believable tale of Authur, his round table, knights, many battles and the search for the holy grail. Good reading! These books are on my home bookshelf and get read regularly about every couple of years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " Had a lot of slow parts. I guess I liked it overall, but slow. I think I was expecting something else. Also, the ending was a bit surprising seeing as there are two more books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/11/2014

    " Loved it , especially how it ended leaves you wondering what happened "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting take on Arthurian legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/19/2013

    " Just as good the second time around! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annika | 12/15/2013

    " Maybe 3.5 stars. Enjoyed the different perspectives on the tale, but the ending left so many questions. Yes, another book has been published now and I hope that fills in the gaps, but I was left feeling unsatisfied at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ike | 12/12/2013

    " I liked and want to read the last two in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 12/12/2013

    " After reading Taliesin and Merlin in this series, I was really tired of plowing through these stories. It was interesting to learn a little more about the Arther legend but I was disappointed with the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay Meredith | 12/9/2013

    " This was my least favorite of the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Roussin | 12/1/2013

    " Very mind-opening when it comes to myth, history, and religion. The wording is a little elementary, otherwise I would have given it four stars. The whole series is great. The Pendragon Cycle series to me is what the Lord of the Rings series is to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 11/24/2013

    " I'm a fan of Arthurian legend, but Lawhead's treatment is distant and a little impersonal. There are far better versions of the tale of King Arthur. I recommend Mary Stewart's "Merlin" trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 8/21/2013

    " Amazing book retelling the legend of King Arthur. I love the way Lawhead makes these stories come alive and helps you believe in the legends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 6/18/2013

    " I like the character of Arthur far less than that of Merlin. Still it is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy Cunningham | 5/29/2013

    " Good but not as good as the first two b "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/8/2013

    " In my opinion, not the strongest book in the series, but still a worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 8/5/2012

    " Teil 3 der Artus-Sage kommt zum eigentlichen Kern des Ganzen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 6/26/2012

    " I said before...Arthur has been over done, but I like the Lawhead versions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollybrimholly | 10/22/2011

    " Don't know why I'm still reading this series. These books can be slow and boring. I guess I must like the Arthurian legends! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Non | 10/13/2011

    " too much fantastical history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naddahnyll | 9/16/2011

    " Most likely my second favorite of the first three Pendragon books. My favorite right now is Merlin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Pollock | 8/30/2011

    " You have to read it to understand its greatness but if there was ever a king Arthur story that you truly hoped was true, this was it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 3/25/2011

    " Lawhead has a way with words that just sits so right with me, I love his Pendragon cycle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/16/2011

    " I started reading this last night. So far, excellent. I don't expect anything less from Lawhead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/2/2010

    " I loved this series. I've given them the honor of having been read in their entirty more than once. I'd happily read them again, but first I'll read "The Once and Future King" by Mr. White for a comparison. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 10/27/2010

    " I enjoyed this series of books over ten years ago, but in retrospect it's a little preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise | 8/1/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. I will read it again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 6/19/2010

    " I like the character of Arthur far less than that of Merlin. Still it is a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/7/2010

    " A great book, very inspirational great Christian tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/29/2010

    " Very mind-opening when it comes to myth, history, and religion. The wording is a little elementary, otherwise I would have given it four stars. The whole series is great. The Pendragon Cycle series to me is what the Lord of the Rings series is to others. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He is the author of such epics as the King Raven, Song of Albion, and Dragon King trilogies. Although born and raised in America, he was brought to England by his research into Celtic legend and lore and now resides in Oxford with his wife, writer Alice Slaikeu Lawhead.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.