The Wood Beyond the World

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: William Morris

Narrated By: Cori Samuel

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2016

Duration: 5 hours 21 minutes

Summary:

The Wood beyond the World is a fantasy novel by William Morris, perhaps the first modern fantasy writer to unite an imaginary world with the element of the supernatural, and thus the precursor of much of present-day fantasy literature. His use of archaic language has been seen by some modern readers as making his fiction difficult to read, but brings a wonderful atmosphere to the telling.

Morris considered his fantasies a revival of the medieval tradition of chivalrous romances. In consequence, they tend to have sprawling plots of strung-together adventures. In this story, Walter leaves his father and his own unfaithful wife and sets sail in search of adventure. This he finds aplenty, encountering love, treachery and magic in the Wood of the title and in travelling through the Mountains of the Folk of the Bears. But can he find happiness and peace by means of his Quest?

Read by Cori Samuel. Edited by Mandarine. Summary by Cori with reference to Wikipedia.

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  • Anonymous

    Nicely written and an interesting story. Beautifully read by Cori.

  • Anonymous

    This is very different than most of my historical fiction reading. It’s a poetic love story, happily-ever-after fantasy that is so well written that I could envision every scene clearly. I found it quite delightful! I gave only 4 stars as it could really be classified as a children’s book.

  • Anna L

    Enjoyable story, though fantasy novels have evolved a lot since. Very pleasant narration.

  • Anonymous

    An unexpected enjoyable book to listen to. Narration was excellent.