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.
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.
One of the best. It's long, but what a great story and fun ride. Davina does a marvelous job.
I'm not sure. I'll have the think about that.
Morgain with the Chalice. If you've read the book, you know it, if not, I won't spoil it.
From maternal to paternal, the court of King Arthur as witnessed by his women.
If you have the time, this is a fantastic bargain - 50 hours of enchantment for one credit.
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.
I downloaded this audiobook based on listener reviews, my love of the Arthurian legend, and Davina Porter as the narrator. She's the only good thing about this tedious book. There's little character development and a lot of suggestive sex scenes, which aren't even very erotic, just rather amateurish in style. I quit half-way through because I couldn't bear the repetitious, overwrought internal monologues of Morgane and Guinevere. Hope I can get my credit back. What a disappointment!
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.
the book yes but not the audio-book
The tone goes high and low without meaning anything! The voices swap for characters all the time, making it too confusing and even though it is not monotone, it certainly does not have more than 3 tones that are selected in random.
I think the narrator has not read the book before even once and is reading it for the first time. In some chapters (12 as far as I remember) I can even hear the background noise, that I think is a radio!
good if you want to sleep
If you are interested in being swept away with the magic surrounding the generations before, during and after King Arthur's reign this is it. Listening throws one right into that period and brings a bit of sadness when it ends.