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!
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.
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.
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."
Choreographer. Director. Actor. 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 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.
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.
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.
A feminist view of the Arthurian Legend in the 5th-6th century. The biggest plus was the narrator who has a wonderful voice, perfect for this type of book. I thought the book was well enough written, but not great as some others claim. It's not really worthy of the 3 stars but also worth more than two stars.
The characters were hard for me to like, she portrayed them as sexually confused men full of self-importance, piousness and pride. The women are self-engrossed, prideful, and irritating to me. The story goes on and on to reveal a twisted plot and unrequited love.
If you like the Arthurian period remade with a feminist point of view it's well worth the 1 credit, especially since it's all four books of this series in one.
"The best version of the Arthurian legends"
It will make you think about many topics and question your understanding.
The fact that's is such a long story yet the narrative keeps it interesting to the end.
This story is written from the point of view of the women of the legends, roles are reversed and deserved homage is given to the 'old' religion and it's tolerance of 'new' religions.
"Mists of avalon"
What I liked best about this book was Davina Porter's narration.She is very good in bringing the characters to life and making each character unique. Male or female each character was accented and toned
What I didn't like about the book was that it told the story from the women in Arthur life points of view. Also on Arthur getting the sword and the holy grail were vague.I would very much prefer it if the book w as told from Arthur s or even Merlin.When Arthur went out in battles or his knights on quest there were only mentions of It.
The most interesting bits were when Arthur and his his knights were involved in the book.
Davina Porters narration was excellent and could not be faulted in any way.
I don't think this book was worth the listening time as he rambled on things that at times did not matter to the book .If it wasn't for the narration I think I would have given up listening to it.
If you would like to hear about the legendary King Arthur from another point of view .Then this is the book for you.
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