I listen to audiobooks as I have a brain injury which makes it hard for me to read for more than 10--15 minutes. Jewish grandmother to twins
The story shows a lot of promise through most of the book, but ends very poorly, like the author ran out of interest in writing the story. The last several chapters each have a climatic-like summary going on, so by the time you get to the final end, it feels like the story has ended 5 or 6 times already, but still is not satisfying.
The story was enjoyable and easy to follow along. Davina Porter's narration makes the story even more enjoyable.
Imaginative, Empowering, Breathtaking
Marion brings legend to life, giving breath to amazing, strong woman characters.
My mother read bits and pieces of this book to me when I was a child. This book has followed me through my life and every time I read (or listen) you get something new
Most likely not. While I did enjoy the book(s) and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in the Arthurian Legend, the characters seem too righteous in their views. The thing is, I know real people like that and they grate on my nerves.
However, you have to try to place yourself back in that time and age this book is set in and recall how certain things were viewed. The church was gaining more and more power, disfigurement was seen as the cause of evil. People, even the ruling classes and scholarly didn't have the level of education we have now. Still, keeping that in mind, most of the characters seemed more like individual aspects of one person and not a person in themselves.
Bradley's take on the Arthurian Legend was an amazing departure from what I have experienced prior.
Listener of music in words as I roll along, either in the car, or on the subway, or on my exercise bike.
The story is slow moving, and the storyline is uncomplicated - proceeding more or less in a single thread from start to finish. The 50+ hours is a result of lengthy elaboration in meticulous details, especially on the thoughts and vacillation of the women.
This story is told exclusively from the points of view of key women around King Arthur. For a male-dominated world, it is odd that the reflections and thoughts of all male characters are not touched on, not even a bit. As such, even King Arthur, Lancelot, Mordred and Talieson come across as colorless. As for the Knights of the Round Table, they come across as flat characters, unthinking and without show of charm, galantry, camaraderie or spirit. Lancelot is just "handsome", love sick, with neither wit not charm.
I did not take to any of the characters whether male or female. Morgane starts out well enough but her character takes an inexplicable turn somewhere midway through the story, and it goes downhill from there. Some of the actions are just irrational.
The Christian God is unkindly portrayed compared to the goddess of Avalon - with neither voice nor deeds to show, just puritanical priests and mindless followers to uphold his name. This appears biased and simplistic, just like the portrayal of male characters. So be it... But the irony of it all is that in deriding the Christians as narrow-minded fools, the authoress ended up showing up the high priestesses of Avalon as being no better (and indeed far more ruthless and devious).
The narrator's voice is soulful, and her deliberate pace is well-suited to the mood of the story. But towards the end I listened at 1.25X or 1.5X the normal speed (just to get on with the lengthy book).
Probably not... Too much going on in the heads of people and too little action.
On the plus side, some descriptions in the book are magnificent, such as about the surreal magical world of the fairies.
As this is one of my very favorite books, I've read it enough times to disintegrate 2 paperback copies of it. The story is well thought out and is entirely from the viewpoint of prominent female figures in the Authorian legends. Porter did an excellent job narrating each character. The book sections sometimes ended in unfortunate places in the story, but it's not a short one in the least. Well done, all around.
I had forgotten how great this story is, and when read aloud, it comes to life. The narrator is amazing, she does well by the characters. I hope to hear her again.