This is one of my favorite books of all time. I was hesitant to "listen" to it because often it is a disappointment. Davina Porter could not have done a more excellent job performing this book. Every voice, inflection and expression was spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
My favorite character is Morgaine because of her drive, wit, honor and perseverance. I love the story from the woman's perspective
My first Davina Porter.
Impossible because it took 50 hours plus. I did however get irritated when I had to stop listening and otherwise engage in life!
One of the better audiobooks since it is an old favorite.
The reader, Davina Porter. She is one of my favorites.
She is able to mix and match the voices without making all the men sound like idiots.
I guess my strongest reaction is just a real comfort with the story - I strongly associate with the crossover elements to other literature on the Arthurian legends.
Highly, highly recommend.
A feminist view of the Arthurian Legend in the 5th-6th century. The biggest plus was the narrator who has a wonderful voice, perfect for this type of book. I thought the book was well enough written, but not great as some others claim. It's not really worthy of the 3 stars but also worth more than two stars.
The characters were hard for me to like, she portrayed them as sexually confused men full of self-importance, piousness and pride. The women are self-engrossed, prideful, and irritating to me. The story goes on and on to reveal a twisted plot and unrequited love.
If you like the Arthurian period remade with a feminist point of view it's well worth the 1 credit, especially since it's all four books of this series in one.
The book was quite good except for the over-arching religious theme, that in my opinion, became monotonous. I understand that religion was a major theme but felt that the two main female characters, Gwendolyn and Morgaine, were too over zealous to be believable.
Despite the conflict between the goddess of Avalon and Catholicism, the book was worth listening to. Many themes about love, friendships, loyalty and religion, of course, were examined and developed. You become attached to the characters as you follow them through youth to the end of life. The author has a good writing style and I enjoyed her take on this familiar Camelot story.
The books are a good value and the literary content is quality. So, if you can tolerate the many references to following the goddess and God/Christ/Mary, the conflict that arose because of opposing views, as well as character guilt that comes when not doing so with the true devotion of a follower of either camp, then I can recommend this book.
I should start by saying I really, really wanted to love The Mists of Avalon. How could I not, when it had so much potential? A “feminist” retelling of Arthurian legend set in the late 5th to early 6th century, the peerless Davina Porter as narrator, and decades of praise from critics and readers alike; added to the fact this 50+ hour audiobook combines four separate books into one -- I didn’t think a credit could be better spent!
Reluctantly, however, I find myself forced to admit that none of those things can make up for the fact that this book got lost in its own grandiosity. Ms. Bradley’s heavy-handed treatment of themes such as fate vs. free will felt like an emotional bludgeoning with her don’t-you-see-the-point-yet sledgehammer as we, the listener, are subjected to hour upon dragging hour of unrequited love, foolish pride, grating piety, and constant self-absorption from characters you want to like but can never really identify with. The protagonist, Morgaine, devolves into a rambling bore; her counterpart, Gwynhwyfar, is weak and irritating; and the plot twist revealed at the very end by the “villain” Morgause is given such short shrift I wondered if it was added-in as an editorial after-thought. And the men? Arthur is a one-dimensional “hero,” Lancelet is a sexually confused martyr, and Kevin is simply tragic. Strangely, I liked Mordred, although by the time he enters the story I was mostly over it.
That said: Do I regret buying this audiobook? No. Would I listen to it again? Probably not. Would I recommend it to others? Possibly. Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator, the time and place are well-researched and extensively detailed, and the premise is still unique. However, the story lags and the characters are emotionally exhausting. If you are going to give this book a chance, I would recommend having something a little more light-hearted on hand so you can switch between the two books. [Think Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” Mark Tufo’s “Zombie Fallout,” or Kresley Cole’s “Immortals After Dark” series.]
Story went on forever. It started off ok but more and more characters became disagreeable until there wasn't a single one that I could empathize with.
I did like reading a story about pre-Christian Western European mythology, especially one written from the view-point of women.
I made it through about 80% before the disagreeable characters were putting me in a bad enough mood that I gave it up for another book.
The print version I read when it first came out, at a time when I was, like the characters in the book, fighting against overwhelming forces. It was a resting place. The audiobook is that, again, with the narrator to rest with me.
None of the characters are admirable, they all act in "jerry springer" fashion much like in the movie Chicago. One admirable character would have changed everything, and it's up to the reader to write what should have been done in.
To avoid spoilers I would have to say the places in the book, especially Avalon. Everyone has heard of Arthur and Lancelet making the letter H with Gwenhyfar which is laugh out loud hilarious in its awkwardness.
A fifty hour book can't be, even at speed three. However I'll admit I read all night to pull through the story to the spoiler parts.
All of the characters are understandable, and very relevant, and that includes the fact that the main voice is a female precursor to Dexter. Eeew -- with understanding. There is something very much of the present moment within this book.
Reading has been my mental escape. You can go anywhere, anytime, in your mind
near the top!
Morgaine...it feels to me that it is her story more than anyone else's
Morgaine! first, but she does an amazing job in all voices!
I cannot put it down...well turn it off!
I read "the Mists of Avalon in the mid 80's. I looked for books that Davina Porter narrated and that is the ONLY reason I bought this book. She is a gifted reader.
I read this book years ago and enjoyed it. And now listening to it was just as good. I had forgotten the details of the story and the narrator brought it all back so vividly! I have a long commute to and from work and there were days I just didn't want to get out of my car so I could keep listening.
I am extremely dyslexic and if it was not for audio books I probably would never read. I travel a lot and love to have a audio book playing
I loved how in depth the story went with these characters in most stories the author just focuses on Arthur in this we get to know several female leads around Arthur and how that affected his life.
Can't think of a book but this was made into a movie a while ago, it of course is way better in book form
oh gosh no, this is a huge book and takes a while to get through
This is actually several books combined as one, but it is a great Arthur told from a different point of view. It is full of rich detail you are not sure who you are rooting for.