Bette D. Young

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  • The Mists of Avalon

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 50 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,959

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Davina Porter brings an old favorite back to life!

  • By Carolina on 07-13-12

Over 50 hours of heavenly storytelling

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Reviewed: 06-25-17

What made the experience of listening to The Mists of Avalon the most enjoyable?

Devine Porter's voice adds so much elegance, inflection and beauty to these well chosen words. This was Zimmer Bradley's masterwork and every word is poetry. This recording does it Justice. So much beauty.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mists of Avalon?

I actually cried multiple times in the book. She captures so much the beauty of youth, and of age, and of both love and loss of love. Deeply moving.

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Massive intelligence and a truly powerful wisdom.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

50 hours! Not likely.

Any additional comments?

I love it. Have listened to this multiple times as well as having first read the book in the 1990s many times. I listen to the entire thing at least once a year, and learn more each time. As I grow older, the characters evolve and I understand their passages better. A masterwork.

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  • Thalia Book Club: Mary-Louise Parker - Dear Mr. You

  • By: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Narrated by: Leslie Jamison
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

The award-winning actress presents her literary debut. An unconventional memoir in letters, Dear Mr. You chronicles Parker's life through correspondence with men from her past and imagined future and reveals the complexity and power found in relationships both loving and fraught. In conversation with Leslie Jamison ( The Empathy Exams).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring q&a

  • By Bette D. Young on 04-17-16

Boring q&a

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Reviewed: 04-17-16

Bought this by mistake. Wanted the actual book not book club type discussion. Lesson learned when clicking too fast.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful