I first read this book more than a quarter century ago as a college student. I had very fond memories of it, but hadn't reread it until I found it on Audible last month. Not only that, it was narrated by Davina Porter, who has become my favorite narrator through her reading of Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.
I find Marion Zimmer Bradley's characters to be very real, and their interactions genuine. I love the general sweep of the story, and the elegance of the prose. And Porter's narration brings that depth of character development and storytelling to a new intensity.
One thing, if you are looking at the four-part "series" of this book, note that "The Mists Of Avalon" is the collection of the other four (Mistress Of Magic, The High Queen, The King Stag, and The Prisoner In The Oak). The full book costs one credit, and the parts also cost one credit. Save yourself three credits and buy the complete version at once.
Not buying it.
I couldn't get past the bad writing to even hear much of the story. Seriously, the least unflattering term I can use for this is "inelegant prose." A more accurate description would be "absolute dreck." I endured only a couple of chapters before I gave up in disgust over the poorly constructed narrative, redundant rendering, and puerile dialogue.
All of it.
Don't waste your money on this nonsense. I'm not even addressing the more risqué content, such as it might be. It's just plain poor writing. And it isn't even good storytelling, which might excuse some shortcomings in prose building. This book is just plain BAD.
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