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3.40612903225806 out of 53.40612903225806 out of 53.40612903225806 out of 53.40612903225806 out of 53.40612903225806 out of 5 3.41 (62 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Pyle Narrator: Stuart Langton Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781455179077
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For hundreds of years, the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has been one of the world’s most precious literary possessions. In 1902, the distinguished American artist Howard Pyle undertook to retell this classic. His four-volume work on King Arthur has long been considered one of the outstanding interpretations of the Arthur cycle. This first volume, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights conveys the true spirit of the England of that time, when Arthur Pendragon was overlord of Britain and Merlin was a powerful enchanter, when the sword Excalibur was forged and won, and when the Round Table came into being.

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  • “Howard Pyle’s 1902 retelling of the English classic captures all the mystery, language, and legend of the early days of King Arthur…The old stories take on a fresh vitality under Langton’s skillful touch and leave us looking for the next volume.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merritt | 2/13/2014

    " I loved these versions of King Arthur's stories. Howard Pyle is a really fun author; his little notes before each part are very funny. The whole book is written in old-English style which I found authentic and just right for the story. I'm excited to read the other King Arthur books by Pyle! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/12/2014

    " I am reading this for the second time and loving it even more than the first time! I love the language and flow of this story. It is so fun to read aloud!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur | 2/12/2014

    " I read this when I was a kid and the idea that a man would stand for the broken and needy in a noble manner captivated my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/12/2014

    " Howard Pyle was an American artist, writer, and teacher. In The Story of King Arthur and his Knights he showed all of these roles. He illustrated the book, he wrote the story, and he teaches life lesson from the experiences of his characters. I really loved reading and learning from the heroes from the legend of King Arthur. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Kuchler | 2/6/2014

    " Not the best version of the King Arthur tales. Soemtimes tedious. Reminded of mandatory reading from a high school or college lit class. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 2/6/2014

    " I Have to read it for challenge :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 2/6/2014

    " Loved it! This book was originally picked out by my seven year old son. We were to read it together. We didn't realize it is written in the old english and difficult to comprehend sometimes. Anyhow after a couple of chapters he didn't want anything else to do with it. I finished it myself. Great story of honor, valor, courage, chivalry. You know all the stuff that you wish was affluent in our society today but has been forgotten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarice | 1/22/2014

    " it's a good book but i read it when i was younger. the pictures are really nice though :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec Glazier | 1/21/2014

    " I thought that this book had quite a contrast from some of the other books that I've previously read. There was thorough imagery throughout the story, and the division of parts preserved to excitement of the book. There was a great amount of vocabulary that I had to look up in a dictionary because it was so complicated. It seems like there is a lot of influence from the book, which is copied by many other authors. One thing that I thought that I learned the most of was Old English. It was the first book that I found any Old English. It was quite hard to decipher, and there were plenty of references from regular English that are similar, almost cognitional to each other, and they happen to be different in their definitions. There was a great amount of events in the plot line. It was cool that there was such myth in the story, that it seemed obvious that it was a fictional classic. It is a book that I definitely would cherish, and recommend for my friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 1/21/2014

    " I wish I could have given this book two and a half stars, because ,while I liked a lot of the messages in the book, the rest of the story was rather unexciting through most of it. I thought the character were alright, and the plot was so-so not totally captivating. I did, however, like the route of speech the characters took, it was a welcome change from other dialogue in other books,a little poetic I guess. Overall, this novel was a good starting block for more stories about Camelot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Chionchio | 1/19/2014

    " it was not bad i thought it was going to be a book about king arthur but it wasn't it was about all of the people who got the honor of siiting at the round table! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/18/2014

    " Again, I am a fan of all Arthurian stories, and this one is one of the better ones I have read. I love the language, a nicely archaic English, suitable for Arthurian storytelling, though it was actually written at the turn of the 20th century. I would like to read more of his works on the subject, as this book covers only the beginnings of the tale of Arthur and his Knights. I will have to search the library where I found this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 1/18/2014

    " Great stories, I enjoyed them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting, but very wordy and arduous to to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 1/16/2014

    " The kids and I just finished reading these tales together. It was much more enjoyable than the Sir Thomas Mallory version. Hank was disappointed that Sir Lancelot doesn't make it into these stories, so we'll have to continue on with the next book in the series. "

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

    " Was the first book I ever read as a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor | 1/14/2014

    " The illustrations still decorate my dreams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 1/12/2014

    " Brief and juvenile, but that's the general goal for these kinds of books. Illustrations were very good, and you got the heart and soul of the original story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jorgina | 1/8/2014

    " Began reading this book to my children as a family read-aloud. I liked the book but the kids did not, so I haven't ever finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill Kuchler | 12/24/2013

    " Not the best version of the King Arthur tales. Soemtimes tedious. Reminded of mandatory reading from a high school or college lit class. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Ramm | 12/18/2013

    " I need to read this again. I don't think I got enough out of it the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/11/2013

    " Great simplified retelling of King Arthur stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/9/2013

    " Doesn't even include Lancelot - not worth the time "

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

    " I read this when I was a kid and the idea that a man would stand for the broken and needy in a noble manner captivated my heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 11/26/2013

    " More accessible than reading Malory directly, but retains the feel of a medieval romantic ballad. A great source for the Arthurian tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 9/30/2013

    " More accessible than reading Malory directly, but retains the feel of a medieval romantic ballad. A great source for the Arthurian tales. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jailynn | 9/27/2013

    " Some of the King Arthur books put me to sleep and seem to involve just basic accounts of the loping of heads. This one I really liked, so far I think that it's my favorite. Plus the edition I had, had some very fun old illustrations in it by Darrell Sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/21/2013

    " Reading out loud with Porter for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 9/17/2013

    " Great simplified retelling of King Arthur stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 7/13/2013

    " This is a fun romp through Arthurian legend. The writing is faux Middle English, which is fun at times but can also annoy. The stories are mostly pretty shallow but it is what it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Chionchio | 7/1/2013

    " it was not bad i thought it was going to be a book about king arthur but it wasn't it was about all of the people who got the honor of siiting at the round table! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 2/12/2013

    " My 5 yr old son who loves to build his own swords and sheaths loved this book. We enjoyed the stories of excalibur and how Arthur became king. The nice thing about this series is that there are illustrations on every other page. ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fransisca | 1/9/2013

    " Well, actually this is fine book. But don't wish a detailed story from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kera | 10/27/2012

    " love this story. read it when i was in my teens in school and i'm going to have to buy the book to read it again :]. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kurt | 9/20/2012

    " this is a verrry boring book ive read it a few times trying to get some sense out of it but its impossible "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fransisca | 9/15/2012

    " Well, actually this is fine book. But don't wish a detailed story from this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Sahai | 6/9/2012

    " This book was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 5/23/2012

    " This is a fun romp through Arthurian legend. The writing is faux Middle English, which is fun at times but can also annoy. The stories are mostly pretty shallow but it is what it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frmaselli | 3/9/2012

    " This is another great classic that my daughter Gerilyn and I have been reading together. Although Geriyn and I often butt heads during the day, I hope our mutual love of books brings us back together in the evening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fraggle | 1/2/2012

    " I can't get enough of the Arthurian Legend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendon Haithcock | 11/10/2011

    " This book was a quick read with not that many hard words. Every few chapters is like another story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendon Haithcock | 10/20/2011

    " This book was a quick read with not that many hard words. Every few chapters is like another story. "

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

    " this book wasnt very good to me it ended to fast and it had pictures..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor | 10/10/2011

    " The illustrations still decorate my dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarice | 9/16/2011

    " it's a good book but i read it when i was younger. the pictures are really nice though :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jailynn | 7/10/2011

    " Some of the King Arthur books put me to sleep and seem to involve just basic accounts of the loping of heads. This one I really liked, so far I think that it's my favorite. Plus the edition I had, had some very fun old illustrations in it by Darrell Sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash | 5/31/2011

    " I love the king arthur legends there so interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ash | 5/10/2011

    " I love the king arthur legends there so interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frmaselli | 4/29/2011

    " This is another great classic that my daughter Gerilyn and I have been reading together. Although Geriyn and I often butt heads during the day, I hope our mutual love of books brings us back together in the evening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 4/13/2011

    " Great stories, I enjoyed them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jilane | 2/25/2011

    " I am really enjoying the stories. The language is much higher than the young adult novels I usually am reading for school, but I really like it. This is the one that I am reading during the reading time I give my students at school. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 11/21/2010

    " I Have to read it for challenge :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 9/8/2010

    " This book was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 8/3/2010

    " good children G rated stories about king Arthur and a few of his Knights. Very different and better than the Once an Future king. The nce and Future King starts out rated G with The Sword in the Stone but then gets a little racier PG13 and up in the next two books. Anyway this one was good. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 11/30/2009

    " Interesting, but very wordy and arduous to to get through. "

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About the Author
Author Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle (1853–1911), author and illustrator, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Inspired as a child by Grimm’s German Fairy Tales and The Arabian Nights, he decided as an adult to write and illustrate stories for children. After some success contributing to children’s magazines, he became famous with his book The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire. He also wrote and illustrated historical romances and fairy stories.

About the Narrator

Stuart Langton is an award-winning theater, film, and television actor. He has been an audiobook narrator for more than ten years. He lives in New York City.