Extended Audio Sample

Download Idylls of the King Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Idylls of the King (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Alfred Tennyson
3.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 53.45 out of 5 3.45 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alfred Tennyson Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 2 votes

The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout. His gift for sublime and evocative metaphor and simile has never been matched, and in this case has produced some of the most memorable lines of narrative poetry in the history of English literature.

Although Sir Thomas Mallory's Le Morte d'Arthur has been called the backbone of the Arthurian legend, Tennyson's Idylls of the King is the flesh and blood. Tennyson's epic poem consists of 12 loosely connected episodes of the knights at Camelot, Arthur himself appearing as an almost Christ-like figure among them. However, though Arthur's knights represent the highest and most virtuous ideals, they sometimes fail to live up to those ideals, and their tragic flaws eventually lead to disaster. But it is this very tension between the flawed knight struggling with his own weaknesses as he confronts evil that gives Idylls of the King its compelling qualities. Some of the most dramatic scenes in the poem concern the vicissitudes of love and the daunting ethical challenges such love poses for a knight: jealousy, betrayal, and adultery.

Tennyson's vision of glorious quests, Christian valor, doomed love, manly jousts, and bitter destiny have dazzled readers for well over 100 years. These endlessly inspiring, enduring lines of verse are not only entertaining, but enlightening as well. The timeless Idylls will no doubt continue to enthrall mankind for centuries to come. Download and start listening now!

BK_ACON_000083

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Crouch | 2/17/2014

    " I love this collection. Tennyson has a way with words that fits with Arthur's story perfectly! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 2/13/2014

    " I. Hated. This. Book. So. Much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/4/2014

    " A very beautiful account of the Arthurian cycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/30/2014

    " absolutely cracking stuff, who knew? All done in 10-syllable blank verse, and a fab story. All the stories, and all the films, set in King Arthur's time, are there in this very long poem. I thought Tennyson was some kind of stuffy Victorian poet, but stuffy is the opposite of what he is here. Absolutely excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 1/25/2014

    " I can't count the number of times I have read this. It is the first book length poem that I read. Perhaps it will be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 1/15/2014

    " The story of how one sin can ruin a world. I wish Tennyson had gone the extra mile and made it rhyme. I didn't care much for the first idyll, but after that my attitude improved, and I liked the subsequent ones very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 12/29/2013

    " 3.5 stars I wish I had the patience to appreciate this more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailey | 12/11/2013

    " Light frothy poetry, easy to read! Thoroughly enjoyable! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cecilia Marie | 11/8/2013

    " This is the first book I ever physically abused. I hated it so damn much. I had to read it for a university class, it made passing the class such a chore. I liked the other takes on Arthurian legend, but this one... Ack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 8/25/2013

    " I read this for a 12th grade mini-course in fantasy. We had 2 required books and one of our choice, and this was my choice. I remember liking it because it was Arthurian, but would like to re-read it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Lynn | 7/9/2013

    " I've always been a huge fan of Tennyson, but this is definitely my favorite work by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 6/8/2012

    " Ah, Tennyson! It feels like coming home. This book is music to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 5/26/2012

    " I was obsessed with Tennyson's poetry in High School and College. I blame my mother. This is an amazing piece of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 8/1/2011

    " Absolutely gorgeous poems...the final battle left me almost breathless. I was only able to read half of it for my thesis, but I'm going to read the other half over Christmas. What an incredible book. Beautiful and heartwrenching. *sigh* "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindalee Stahlman | 4/15/2011

    " Literary lanking: I have never cared for poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Wolf | 2/16/2011

    " A very interesting take on the Arthurian mythos from a great poet. I particuarly love the Lady of Shallot (loosely based on Elayne of Astolat) who looks into a mirror to see the outside world & weaves what she sees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 10/20/2010

    " I read this with my daughter as part of her British Lit class. It was challenging at times to follow the story, but I ended up actually liking it and some of the messages it contains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Barlow | 5/19/2010

    " Read this for class, and adapted one of the idylls 'Balin and Balan' for my final paper. It was fun reading this text, Tennyson's poetry is full of beautiful imagery and great stories. Fun for fans of poetry and Arthurian legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 12/12/2009

    " Very enjoyable. Would have enjoyed it more if it had been the full poem and not excerpts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 10/7/2009

    " I tried to immerse myself in the whole Arthurian romance thing, but it just did not work. Not my favorite British poet laureate, I'd have to say. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/12/2009

    " The sheer length of the poems will send you reeling and to be honest they didn't seem all that interesting to me. I don't enjoy romantic poems about courtly love (and loss) and the poems are long enough to drown in! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 10/6/2008

    " Just finished this. Can't even begin to describe it, it's just so good. Definitely a new favorite of mine. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations