As some one who as read many of the traditional King Arthur stories, I loved the way Bradley delved into and opened up the legends. She hits all the traditional moments that we know from Pyle, TH White, Tennyson etc.. while take time to really flush out some of the subtler themes (christianity vs paganism, the courtly French vs common English). It is this aspect of Bradley's story that makes Mist of Avalon and essential read for any one wishing to really understand the King Arthur Legends.
At close to 900 pages and 51 hours, this book is something of a daunting endeavor, but I can assure you the ending makes it worth it. Indeed, the ending has as much power as it does BECAUSE so much time and space is devoting to constructing Arthur's Britain. I highly recommend this book. Truly a seminal piece of work in feminist fantasy, but also in Arthurian adaptions.
I loved reading the book. But listening to it gave it life. I can truly say that this book was a better listen than read.
The story was enjoyable and easy to follow along. Davina Porter's narration makes the story even more enjoyable.
Top 10. I read it years ago, but to hear it!!! Wow! It brought it to life. I felt like I was right there enjoying King Author of the round table and all the magic to go with it. The reader was super.
I like how the reader, who was excellent, changed her voice to match the different people, she gave them life! It was so easy to follow the reader into the story.
Life! You felt as if you were in the scene with the characters due to the fluctuation of her voice to the character. She is outstanding! She should do all of Bradley's books.
Yes, definitely. I would get up at 6 am and listen until my husband would get up. He hates me listening to my ipod, he wants all my attention. lol
I read it years ago and this time I listened to it and I have found I love to hear the books than to read them. I wish more writers would make them audio books. Thank you Ms Bradley for writing good books. Shirley Cochran
I tried to get into it, and then mid-try was talking with someonw about it and learned about the author and her husband and then could no longer stomach trying.
A shame because listening to Davina Porter read anything is a joy, but I just can't go on with the book.
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.