Book 1 in The Mists of Avalon Series I admit, starts off rather slow. It progresses slow and basically is the background book or the actual beginning, if you will, of a better and more beautifully written and narrated story. I attempted to read the actual hardcopy of the book before and loved the concept but it was hard for me to keep interested in it. I put the book down towards the end of the first book,Mistress of Magic, and never picked it back up until the audiobook and so happy I did! Davina Porter does an excellent job of distinguishing vocally between the characters and thankfully for her, kept me listening. This book, like I said ,is rather slow, not alot happens, it just basically sets up the story. The other books,beginning with book 2 are fabulous,beautiful and wonderfully written. Davina Porter connects you with the characters in a very personal way. I really crave for this to be a true story or to have lived with the characters, especially the women, in this book. I feel that some of the details written in this book could have indeed taken place in this place and time. I imagine it to be relatively close to what really happened when Christianity took over the world. I love this book and would highly recommend it!
The Mist of Avalon is the story of the adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who help the king's rise and as well as his fall.
The audio version of this BIG book is divided into 4 books, book 1 is the Mistress of Magic. Here we meet the Lady of the Lake - Viviane - and Merlin - who brings about the marriage of her younger sister, Igraine, to Uther Pendragon. This union produces their one and only child, Arthur. We also meet Morgaine, Igraine's daughter by her first marriage to Gorlois. Her Aunt - Viviane bring her to Avalon as a her apprenticeship. Viviane is driven by an unrelenting vision and is driven in tricking Morgaine and Arthur into becoming lovers during the night of the ritual fires, where Motgaine become pregnant by her half brother. Book 1 end with ends with Arthur's coronation and Morgaine leaving Avalon.
The beginning of this book dragged but picked up about 2 hours into the listen. Davina Porter is excellent - althought she is so much better in the Outlander Series.
I've read The Mists of Avalon many times, and decided to listen to it this time. Davina Porter is absolutely terrific. Her performance is marvelous and beautifully suited to the work. I read the book for the first time soon after it was published, and it remains as stunning and rich as it was then.
I was sad to find that this book was broken into 4 sections. Having loved the Outlander series it seems cheesy to have to break a large book up like this. But come on folks. You have loyal fans here. No need to get greedy. I'm not sure I will listen to the last 2 parts. Time to move on to something more meaty. Davina Porter is the best no matter how much the book was broken out.
Who knew you could get bored in story about Camelot , all the characters were there, the setting was set, the story unwound, somehow it just never got interesting. Maybe I have just heard this story done so well and so creatively too many times. On a positive note the narration was great