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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 3 adaptation by Michael Symmons of Alfred Lord Tennyson's 'The Idylls of the King', narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith and broadcast on 12 July 2009 to mark the bicentenary of the poet's birth.

In this extraordinary epic poem, Tennyson transforms Malory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur', infusing the legend of King Arthur with a passionate intensity. Told here in five acts, the central arc of the narrative encompasses Arthur's arrival, his relationship with Lancelot and Guinevere, the Holy Grail, the last tournament and his death.

Features Tim Pigott-Smith as Narrator/Tennyson, Jonathan Keeble as King Arthur, Simon Harrison as Lancelot and Kathryn Hunt as Guinevere. Also stars Malcolm Raeburn, Terence Mann, Tom Ferguson, Russell Dixon and Elen Rhys.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 2/18/2014

    " I have more read in this than read it throughat once. I found I loved Tennyson at a time when I had, quite a bit of time on my hands. Tennyson has a voice unlike any you'll find in contempery writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Higgins | 2/10/2014

    " Tennyson was a true sub-creator and mythopoeist - brilliant "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/1/2014

    " A very beautiful account of the Arthurian cycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Talia | 1/26/2014

    " I went straight from reading Malorys Works to this, so seeing where Tennyson took Malory was fascinating and really awesome. Well written work of poetry as well. That said, I can't honestly say whether it's worth reading if you don't know Malory that well, or anything on Arthur that isn't a contemporary work of fiction. Maybe...maybe not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchyn | 1/23/2014

    " Folklore will never cease to amaze and inspire me. Tennyson is a master that equals the size of his story. Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/23/2014

    " Just finished this one for my Victorian Literature seminar. I will admit that the prospect of reading a 300+ page long poem was daunting, but well, well worth it. I have always admired Tennyson's work. This one is a bit different though. The language is not as resonant, but the imagery is spectacularly beautiful. Also, lots of lovely moments of universal truth within the story. They pop out of nowhere sometimes. The characters have a liquid, uncertain quality, bringing a whole lot of ambiguity to this story that has been told so many times. The reader is asked over and over to suspend disbelief, not in order to understand, but to become immersed in the imaginary and the inevitable loss of boundaries. Over and over again we are fooled into believing the quickly dissipating fantasy of Tennyson's imagery. Why does Tennyson do this? I feel he did this in order to highlight the vain search for the truth of who we are and how others see us. We need to allow the mist of our emotions to yield and dissipate a little into order to see the truth of the reality of our lives. Beautifully composed, showing King Arthur in an entirely new light. 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 1/14/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/28/2013

    " 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 Natalie | 12/18/2013

    " I spent the past semester studying this text in depth for one of my classes and enjoyed every minute of it! The imagery, symbolism, and social commentary blew me away. Tennyson has easily become one of my favorite Victorian poets! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindalee Stahlman | 12/11/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Woodland | 11/23/2013

    " One of the classic Arthurian accounts, and one that you really have to read, but you can see the Victorian-mentaility sanitizing of the tales. Chivalry is taken to a romanticized level found in few of the other versions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benji Cossa | 11/21/2013

    " Beautiful. Late in the game for the Arthurian reader (19th C), but he surely keeps the flame alive. Really inspirational. If the Arthurian Vulgate Cycle were the blues, he'd be... someone awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 10/1/2013

    " This is the book that led me to believe that Tennyson is overrated. I never went in much for stories about monarchy anyway, and poetry about monarchy does even less for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 3/10/2013

    " I listened to this on the drive to campus over last semester and this one. The audio book I used was a Librivox recording by Elizabeth Klett (which can be found here). I highly recommend both Tennyson's text and Klett's reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/14/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 11/3/2012

    " 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* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailey | 5/1/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Barlow | 12/23/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susanna | 10/16/2011

    " I like Tennyson, but I was in my twenties before I felt like picking him up again after this introduction to his poetry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurele | 1/24/2011

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

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