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The Mists of Avalon | [Marion Zimmer Bradley]

The Mists of Avalon

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1982 Marion Zimmer Bradley (P)1993 Recorded Books

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“[A] monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends...” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Carolina REDDING, CT, United States 07-13-12
    Carolina REDDING, CT, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!"

    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.

    72 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 10-15-12
    Jeanette Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't want it to end..."

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Toni HENDERSON, NV, United States 03-04-13
    Toni HENDERSON, NV, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A picturesque take on the King Arthur Tales"

    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."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua A. Formerly New Orleans 09-25-12
    Joshua A. Formerly New Orleans 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    I love switching back and forth between reading and listening.

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    "As great as I remembered..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mists of Avalon to be better than the print version?

    Well performed and as immersive as the book I read in college.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leila CA, United States 08-26-13
    Leila CA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The Mists of Avalon Unabridged includes all 4 bks"
    What did you love best about The Mists of Avalon?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Mists of Avalon to and why?

    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).


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    She particularly excels in her Scottish accents.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mondez Atlanta, GA, United States 04-20-13
    Mondez Atlanta, GA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply Outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mists of Avalon the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator was absolutely amazing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never have but I adore her voice and the spirit inwhich she worked.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Oddly I did find myself becoming extremely sorrowful by an unsettling incident that happens in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob ARLINGTON, MA, United States 02-18-13
    Bob ARLINGTON, MA, United States 02-18-13
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    "What a treat to listen to after reading it 3 times"
    Would you listen to The Mists of Avalon again? Why?

    Yes, It is just a good story and Davina has a pleasant voice.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua ASBURY, NJ, United States 10-07-12
    Joshua ASBURY, NJ, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Choreographer, Director, Actor, Dancer, Educator. And lover of audio books! They are theatre for the mind!

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    "It should be considered a classic!"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark oshkosh, WI, United States 08-14-12
    Mark oshkosh, WI, United States 08-14-12
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    "Good Read Even Better When It's Read By Davina"
    Where does The Mists of Avalon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. It's long, but what a great story and fun ride. Davina does a marvelous job.


    What other book might you compare The Mists of Avalon to and why?

    I'm not sure. I'll have the think about that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Morgain with the Chalice. If you've read the book, you know it, if not, I won't spoil it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From maternal to paternal, the court of King Arthur as witnessed by his women.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have the time, this is a fantastic bargain - 50 hours of enchantment for one credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Stahlman Concord, CA United States 05-12-14
    Jennifer Stahlman Concord, CA United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Religious Conflict Reigns in Camelot"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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