A posthumous recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Marion Zimmer Bradley reinvented - and rejuvenated - the King Arthur mythos with her extraordinary Mists of Avalon series. In this epic work, Bradley follows the arc of the timeless tale from the perspective of its previously marginalized female characters: Celtic priestess Morgaine, Gwenhwyfar, and High Priestess Viviane.
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“[A] monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends...” (The New York Times Book Review)
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.
I am in love with anything Davina Porter narrates, but in the Mists of Avalon, I am also re-captivated by the story of Camelot as told through the eyes of the key women. It is refreshing and thought-provoking in ways I would not have expected; an aspect that only adds to my enjoyment!
Davina Porter takes you through the days of Arthur and his court with her usual talent and emotion. I love a long story and Ms. Porter never gets boring with her characterizations.Marion Zimmer Bradley is a wonderful weaver of tales. If you like this genre - it is a Great Choice. These women can take you out of this world and into theirs like magic. Take your time and enjoy the " The Mists of Avalon."
I love switching back and forth between reading and listening.
Well performed and as immersive as the book I read in college.
The old ways, magic, and the lore are endearing....bringing each of the characters to life. You will feel for each of the women as they make their own destinies.
I laughed and cried all the way through as when oread it, but s somehow returning to it after all these years reminded me why it's valuable to re-read and re-listen to great books. So much is richer when you bring decades of experience to it.
This performance is like scene great show, but one which lasts 36 hours.... like great season of drama.
The Narrator was absolutely amazing!
Morgain. She comes off as a tragic character but is essential like any person trying to navigate great changes while trying to keep her faith alive.
Never have but I adore her voice and the spirit inwhich she worked.
Yes. Oddly I did find myself becoming extremely sorrowful by an unsettling incident that happens in the book.
If you like fantasy formed by REAL concepts of faith and real magic then you'll love this. This showed magic closer to its real nature but still managed to show the awe of it and took no power away from it though it ceased to be played out like the ridiculous
magic systems of Harry Potter or most fantasy books. Simply put: it comes off more real than most fantasies.
Yes, It is just a good story and Davina has a pleasant voice.
I've read this book three time over 25 years, I passed it on to family and friends after first read and it spread like wild fire.
Choreographer, Director, Actor, Dancer, Educator. And lover of audio books! They are theatre for the mind!
Simply amazing! The storytelling of these books is so clever and fresh even though they were written 30 years ago. If you love stories that have been reworked and reimagined you will love this! The storytelling is epic. It should be considered a classic!
I absolutely loved Davina Porter's reading of this series. I was pleasantly surprised to find that when I purchased the Unabridged version of "The Mists of Avalon," I had purchased all four books of the series using just 1 credit. Other reviewers had not commented on this, so I thought I would share and suggest that you do the same as the rest of the books are interesting. The story comes to life in this reading and it is well-researched. Zimmer Bradley conducts a fantastic feminist reading of the Arthurian legends.The production is equally fantastic- featuring Davina Porter who is one of the best audiobook readers.
If you are interested in Porter's reading of this, you might also enjoy her reading of the Outlander Series (though a completely different type of historically-based drama).
She particularly excels in her Scottish accents.
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.
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.
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