I've got mixed feeling concerning this book.
On one hand, I loved this point of view on the Arthurian Legend. I loved the details of the military tensions, the formation of the Companions, everything regarding the setting, the religious problems, etc.
I think the pace of the story and the never-ending drama, especially regarding one of the main protagonists of the story (Gwenhwyfar) gritted on my nerves. I couldn't relate to her and found her plain annoying, and it often gave listening/reading sessions a sour taste.
But, the other protagonists (Morgane, Viviane, Arthur, all the Companions, etc) are really interesting, and even if their lives are also filled with Drama, they were much more 'involved' characters in the actions surrounding them.
So overall, I'd give it a 4/5 for the story, 3/5 for the action, and 3.5/5 for the characters.
I still recommend it if you're fan of epic legends, but be cautious if you are annoyed with Drama of Epic proportion.
I loved this book when I first read it when it was published in 1983. As a lark, I thought it was time for a revisit as an audio book. Marion Zimmer Bradley writes an engrossing tale, which takes place over several generations. Her well-devloped characters are people who you like, recognize, love and hate. Some you wish you could give a good kick to wake up and see what's going on around them.
It weaves the rise of Christianity and the loss of the old religion in ancient Briton into a wonderfullly different version of the Arthurian legend told through the eyes of women and Morgan Le Fey. Merlin, the search for the Grail, the knights of the round table, Excaliber, Avalon and Camelot are all here, yet all different. And, although a fantasy, makes you think about spritual growth as well as ignorance and fear. Although over 50 hours, this is a journey worth taking.
I have read this book several times and when I finally listened to it as an audio book I was even more enthralled! Davina Poter is an excellent narrator and truly brings the story to life. It is a spellbinding tale of King Arthur told from the perspective of the women in his life, his mother, sister, wife and aunts. It explores the christian encroachment upon Briton and its druid people and the consequence it has on Avalon, home of the Lady of the Lake and the priestesses of Avalon. It is compelling and beautiful and must be read in its entirety! This is a book I will never tire of and will return to again and again!
I'm a long-time fan of horror, murder mysteries, and period pieces
It's one of my favorite stories...whether it be the movie, book or audio book, they have all been well done
I usually spend the week listening to this one,too long to listen to in one sitting
The time in history. Have always been in love with Camelot
I can't ...this stands alone
It ran the gammet of emotions as well as spirituality.
I liked this book and I love listening to Davina Porter, but it is so repetitive (cycles and repetition being part of the point) that all of the characters grated after a short while. And this book, especially when you get all four for one credit, is a long while. I think 25 fewer hours might have been enough.
Story, upper mid of the list. Performance, upper end. Davina Porter is talented and just music to listen to.
The Merlin; he's stable in the midst of all the wrestling over states, religions, beliefs, and consciences.
Oh, don't really have one.
The film's been done. I have no additional ideas.
An amazing work of writing; not the best ever, but an amazing lot of work and an original way (well, it was original 25 years ago) to look at King Arthur et al.
I have listen to this audiobook, The Mists of Avalon, four times over the last 12 years. I plan on doing so again every three years or so.
There's so many things i liked, that its really hard to narrow it down. Especially since it spans over three generations.what stands out for me is then hole Arthurian legend is told from a woman's perspective. Nicely done I might add. Also the subtext religion wars, mainly between Christianity and Paganism. I love it!
Davina Porter gift of doing each distinguish character voice, only adds to the magic of the book. My favorite would have to be Morgaine and Guinevere.
There was one moment that had me crying when a beloved character was unexpectedly murdered.
Get the audiobook, it's long but worth every word.
This is the third time I have read this book, but it has been about 15yrs since my last time.
It is a large, dense book with lots of characters and each time I re-read/listen to it, I learn something more.
But this time around I find that there large parts taken out. Mostly about Morgaine 's life. I am really disappointed in this! Her life is part of what make this book so great.
Her voice is perfect.
no. way too long
Still a great book and a must listen