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Le Morte D'Arthur Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Le Morte DArthur (Unabridged), by Sir Thomas Malory
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:
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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 Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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.