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Download Le Morte D'Arthur Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,522 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sir Thomas Malory Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Malory took a body of legends from Celtic folklore that had been adapted into French literature, gave them an English perspective, and produced a work that ever since has had tremendous influence upon literature.

The story begins with King Uther Pendragon's use of enchantment to lay with Igraine, Duchess of Cornwall. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail. Finally, Camelot is brought down by the conflict between King Arthur and his natural son, Mordred.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 2/16/2014

    " Required reading, but not necessarily fun reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Hawkins | 2/6/2014

    " Favorite book, all-time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/28/2014

    " Here is the structure of those well known stories of King Arthur, and his Knights of the Round Table. Once Arthur becomes King, the story bogs down into tales of knightly honor and fighting. There is much repetition here. One would think that it is quite normal for a woman to bedded by a man disguised as another via witchcraft. The story ends, like the title, with the death of Arthur. Worth the read, but a slog in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Stockwell | 1/27/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and now know a lot more about the Arthurian legend than I did before. Not an easy read, but worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 1/24/2014

    " I love this edition, in spite of the blackletter trying to imitate the rubrication of the Winchester manuscript. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Curtis | 1/14/2014

    " I first read this book when I was 12 and I have reread it several time over the years and still love it. It will take you on a journey with Arthur, Merlin, and the knights of the round table. It is about the myth and legend of King Arthur. I fell in love with Arthurian legends because of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeni | 12/25/2013

    " this one was probably my favorite out of my senior year required reading. I just really enjoy Medieval literature and the irony and satire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 12/22/2013

    " It was a diffucult read for me but I enjoyed it very much despite my sluggish pace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 11/29/2013

    " Really who wouldn't give the legends surrounding Camelot a 10. They're "legendary". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/15/2013

    " Really good so far!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/8/2013

    " It was interesting getting to read some of the legends in one of the earlier forms. However, the old language made it hard to get through and sometimes it felt like the book only talked about who smote whom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Adderley | 8/19/2013

    " Why on earth does anybody need a translation of Malory? It's not like his English wasn't pretty easy stuff anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dracostellarum | 8/7/2013

    " Very long. Many good tales, not a whole lot of which I can currently recall. Definitely a must read for anyone who loves the Arthurian legends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heinz Amarillo | 6/5/2013

    " I love the story about Tristan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbz | 3/17/2013

    " I was a little disappointed with this one. There were sections that got really annoying - such as when resting for a few days healed people who should have bleed to death days ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 3/11/2013

    " I wanted to love this book. The translation was good as far as understanding the text but the flow of the writing left a lot to be desired. There was no life, no color to the prose. That's probably a function of my limitations more so than Mallory's writing, but still I could not finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Davis | 12/16/2012

    " I read through this book the first time in 11th grade and many times since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin Bevis | 9/16/2012

    " Every King Arthur story out there seems to be in this book. Great source of information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Britton | 6/21/2012

    " I love this writing style! Although it is not easy to read I really enjoy it. I've been reading this on and off for about a year! I'll finish it someday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/3/2012

    " I read the whole book, unabridged,and it took me forever. It's pretty tough going because the language is archaic, and sometimes it can be hard to tell what person is the main focus of the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 3/19/2012

    " I read it in high school and it was really affecting. I rank it as one of the more important books I have read because of the influence it had on me. Very ennobling:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 1/8/2012

    " The title's a spoiler and it borders on misogyny; I enjoyed it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Carnovale | 10/20/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant, a must-read, especially for any King Arthur fan! A bit hard to read... a lot of the character's names are similar, but once you get into it, it's absolutely amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 10/3/2011

    " solidly classic, but ultimately way too long-winded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 6/28/2011

    " These stories are timeless. I could lose myself in Camelot for hours. Malory's writing is still beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kama | 5/14/2011

    " I'm a sucker for the Arthur stuff... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/17/2011

    " This is the best record of King Arthur "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlin | 4/12/2011

    " If you love Arthurian legend, this is a requisite book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 3/8/2011

    " Too long. Way, way, way too long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 3/8/2011

    " I love this writing style! Although it is not easy to read I really enjoy it. I've been reading this on and off for about a year! I'll finish it someday! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/22/2011

    " This book grounded me in the legends of King Arthur. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the tales of chivalry that make up so much of our early literature. It's my understanding that Malory wrote this while he was in prison. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsey | 2/2/2011

    " Important, but barf. Not my area. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony | 1/13/2011

    " Although this is considered one of the first King Arthur books, I have to say that it was one of the most boring books that I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/13/2010

    " I always felt bad for arthur but not after this. Arthur is tricked into thinking Lance and Gwen are hooking up so he is going to burn her at the stake. Lance finds out and saves her. She ends up starving herself to death at the nunnery. you know great happy stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 12/7/2010

    " Great book. Loved this book. Long read, but indeed worth the time and effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/4/2010

    " I enjoyed this book and now know a lot more about the Arthurian legend than I did before. Not an easy read, but worth the effort. "

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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.