Book Pak BBC Audiobooks America/ Chivers 1994
CS ISBN 0745141285 94.95 Twelve cassettes
Unlike other books about the Arthurian Legend, Mary Stewart's trilogy focuses on Merlin, the wizard. Stephen Thorne does a masterful job portraying the other characters, as well. From the gruffness of the soldiers, to the softness of the women, all the voices ring true. In addition, the pronunciation of the place names leaves no doubt that the reader knows Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. In this last story in the set, Merlin continues as King Arthur's councilor. Traveling in disguise, Merlin moves around Britain getting information for the king. In describing the sights, sounds and smells of the countryside, Thorne's delivery makes it come alive. As Arthur rises to new heights of power, we reach the twilight of Merlin's life when he finally has time to rest and tell his story. Thorne's versatility adds absorbing dimension to the trilogy. D.M.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPT 95]
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