Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke audiobook

Rules for a Knight

By Ethan Hawke
Read by Alessandro Nivola

Brilliance Audio
2.23 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781511324601

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It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield. “Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable.…” Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight’s hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father’s exquisite love. Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that—in the story of a young man’s journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning—captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

It is 1483, and Sir Thomas Lemuel Hawke, a Cornish knight, is about to ride into battle. On the eve of his departure, he composes a letter to his four young children, consisting of twenty virtues that provide instruction on how to live a noble life, and on all the lessons, large and small, that he might have imparted to them himself were he not expecting to die on the battlefield.

“Why am I alive? Where was I before I was born? What will happen to me when I die? Whatever well our lives are drawn from, it is deep, wild, mysterious, and unknowable.…” Rules for a Knight is many things: a code of ethics; an intimate record of a lifelong quest; a careful recounting of a knight’s hardest won lessons, deepest aspirations, and most richly instructive failures; and an artifact, a relic of a father’s exquisite love.

Drawing on the ancient teachings of Eastern and Western philosophy and religion, on literature and poetry, and on the great spiritual and political writings of our time, Ethan Hawke has written a parable that—in the story of a young man’s journey toward a life of authenticity and meaning—captures the instinctive movement of the heart toward truth and beauty. Rules for a Knight has the appeal of Arthurian legend; the economy of Aesop; and the vitality, intelligence, and risk-taking that could only emanate from Ethan Hawke.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A guide for living an upright and noble life.” New Yorker
“Philosophy lovers will enjoy the Eastern and Western philosophical musings, but everyone will enjoy the touching story line.” Metro (London)
“Entertaining and insightful.” Buffalo News (New York)
“A deliciously digestible read…Read this book. You’ll be reminded of just how powerful simple gestures can be when they’re fueled by passion and purpose.” Free Lance-Star (Virginia)
“Alessandro Nivola’s soft, cultured voice delivers the rules, along with stories and examples that illuminate them…Nivola uses grandfatherly tones—melodious, deep, and enchanting—to draw listeners in. Using lyrical tones, he becomes the knight who writes his timeless advice for his sleeping heirs. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Hawke pens a heartwarming, medieval tale on ethics… an easy and endearing read.” Publishers Weekly
“[A] book of wisdom declaring life to be a gift.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Ethan Hawke

Author Bio: Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award­–nominated actor, author, and director. He studied acting at the British Theatre Association in England and at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. His motion picture credits include Dead Poets Society, Gattaca, Great Expectations, and Snow Falling on Cedars, among many others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 2.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English