The point of view of this novel comes from the females of the legend. From the first fifteen minutes, I am enthralled. We know the plot, we know the l..Show More »egend, or do we? Bradley offers a credible and interesting perspective that brings many possibilities to light that breathe life into this story.
Davina Porter makes narration a fine art in this story. Her voice brings this tale to life and she is the perfect fit.
This is a rare listen to a fantasy legend. Little is know about the real Arthur. Was he a king or a general? I offer highest praise. Please make room for this on you listening list. It is an investment at 60 hours. Also for you people who listen at 2X, you know who you are, slow down and take it all it a 1X. I give a big thumbs up.
This is not a reissue/transfer of the unabridged cassette tapes that were originally produced. Everything about this new recording is outstanding. Ros..Show More »alyn Landor is an absolutely, perfectly beautiful interpreter of these characters and words. In fact, she's so wonderful, I wish she had also been engaged to rerecord The Mists of Avalon as well; she is really *that* good! This story, though slighter than Mists, is a wonderful tale and forerunner to the main novel of the saga. If you've heard the cassettes and haven't really cared for them, I urge to you get this new recording and hear this beautiful story for the "first time."
Admittedly, when I read the hardcover years ago, I was extremely disappointed with the fragmented nature of this book. I wanted "Epic" like ..Show More »Mists, and dismissed this book with some sourness. I only chose to get the audiobook because of Rosalyn Landor, and how stunning I thought her reading of "The Forest House" was. This book ("Lady of Avalon") like the previous one, just blossoms under Ms. Landor's efforts. I still don't care for the middle story, but the bookends - the first part taking up the action right after "The Forest House" ends and the third part, learning about Viviane's early years, are just beautifully done now.
I still don't think this is a great standalone book - in fact, I would only recommend it after listening to "The Forest House" and as a bridge to "Mists." But, if like me, you didn't enjoy reading the novel itself, I would suggest you give it another try by listening to it being read by such a wonderful storyteller.
Priestess of Avalon is an absolutely amazing book encompassing what we've come to expect from Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana l. Paxson. Historical fi..Show More »ction about the legendary exploits of Julia Helena mother of the Emperor Constantine. This audio book was narrated to perfection by Rosalind Landor as if the story itself isn't riveting enough this narrator makes the story come alive. I would suggest this book to anybody who enjoys fantasy or historical fiction
???Ancestors of Avalon??? is just what the title promises, an early episode in the story that culminates in the classic ???The Mists of Avalon.??? It ..Show More »is the sequel to ???Fall of Atlantis,??? an early story by Marion Zimmer Bradley (written before ???Mists??? although published afterward).
The priests and acolytes of the Atlantean temples of light must flee once again as another group of Atlantic islands is destroyed by earthquakes and volcanos (there is some evil deity at work here, but his role was unclear to me, perhaps because I didn???t read ???Fall???). Tiriki and Micail (wife and husband, priestess and priest, temple guardians) are separated in their flight. Both of their ships reach Britain???s south shore but make landfall at different locations, and each believes the other is dead. Tirike becomes a leader among the people of the marsh, who venerate the Great Goddess and guard her sacred mound and spirit gate that will become the Isle of Avalon. Micail falls in with a conquest-minded group of Atlantean males who want to use his magic powers to, well, get more power. He oversees the raising of Stonehenge. Will he find Tirike? Will realize the error of his ways?
I???m not sure why I made this selection; I read ???Mists??? but have had little interest in the other prequels. Perhaps some atavistic interest in Atlantis kicked in. It???s not a great book; the characters are so shallow and interchangeable that I gave up trying to tell most of them apart. However, there are some lovely lines of poetry embedded in a fast-paced story that is surprisingly enjoyable, and I was pulled in by Rosalyn Landor???s hypnotic narration. I totally agree with the reviewer who recommended re-recording ???Mists??? with Landor as narrator, she???s great.
P.S. The ???chronological??? sequence (as opposed to publication order) of the Avalon story so far is: Fall of Atlantis; Ancestors of Avalon; Sword of Avalon; Ravens of Avalon; The Forest House; Lady of Avalon; Priestess of Avalon; Mists of Avalon
I have loved all the Avalon books before this one, and this time it was not the story that killed me. Honestly the problem with this book? The reader...Show More »
I have never stopped an audiobook right in the middle before now. This woman's voice is painful. She makes this painful monotone almost screechy sound when she is doign a character singing or chant. Her male voices made me want to drive a cheese grater into my ears to get it out.
Read the book by all means, but don't waste your ears on this one.
I have read several books in the Bradley/Paxson "Avalon" series I have found them a fast read only about 400 pages. The book describes in de..Show More »tail how Excalibur, the Sword of Avalon, was crafted -- one of the first swords to be crafted in bronze rather than steel. It opens with the The book is the classic tale of a boy raised in excile comes back as the king of kings and leads his people to victory. The book contains two romances the boy and a priestess he was raised with at Avalon and the blacksmith who adopted the boy and the old Pristess of Avalon. It was quite a good book but it lacked Marion Zimmer Bradly's touch of magic and genius in writing.