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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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5 out of 5 stars
By GH on 08-08-15

Outstanding Must Listen Tome

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 legend, 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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carolina on 07-13-12

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.

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208 of 216 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 12-01-15

Spellbinding. Truly.

Where does The Mists of Avalon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Oooh. Top ten, I think. Counting all the Sherlock dramatisations as one.
Mostly for the length (don't be intimidated, it's a really easy listen) - you get a *lot* of book for your £7 credit (and it downloads in parts, so each part doesn't take ages).

I had been working my way through Tolkien, Susan Cooper (Dark is Rising) and the Alan Garner books - the last two authors fond memories from childhood, listened/bought for old times' sake (still good!). I was looking for other things based on folk tales/Arthurian/Norse/Celtic mythology (in a bid to get away from traffic jams and checkout queues) and this was a "other listeners bought..." suggestion by Audible.
Well done Audible, and many thanks!

What did you like best about this story?

Content - it's a retelling of the Arthurian legend (in accessible language) but with a slightly different focus - re-told from the perspective of the women in the tale (Morgaine, Igraine, the Lady of the Lake). The writing and language is good (no glaring anachronisms) - convincing but accessible. Some books you get to the end of a sentence and cannot remember what the beginning was about - not so with this one.
The setting and history of the characters is good - a lot of the characters make much more sense to me now (although it isn't dry like a factual book). The juxtaposition of the demise of paganism (feminist/matriarchal society) and rise of Christianity (masculinist/patriarchal society) provides a good historical background and context for struggles.
You do get transported to another world (exactly what I'm looking for whilst cleaning the bathroom).

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So far, the Uther and Igraine scene. You know, if you've watched Excalibur (not in a rude way though - there's no toe curling stuff).

Any additional comments?

Narrator. Absolutely brilliant. Have had a few dud ones recently but Davina Porter is great - will look for more books narrated by her.

If you like Philippa Gregory, Ken Follet, Bernard Cornwell, Jean Plaidy, Tolkien and you are willing to listen to a different take on a legend, you might enjoy this.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Teresa Cooper on 07-02-15

Family and friends.

At the moment the length of story is a bit daunting. But it puts a new spin on this legend. You also need to watch for all the twists and turns and remember that people had different views, beliefs and maybe morals than us. Good book and good narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Freaknose on 09-15-16

Great book, but terrible audiobook

I really loved the story and was very much absorbed in the book, but sadly, the audio quality was not up to scratch. It turns out, this recording is from the early 90ies, and the quality is bad, with white noise in the background and sometimes something that sounds like a creepy whisper.

Between each chapter, there are actually ads in the book!! I wonder if nobody at Audible listens to their books. The ads were made in the 90ies and were for ordering more audiobooks via the phone in the US, a very 90ies pre internet ad.

I'm returning this book, because for this price, I expect good audio and no ads.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Beverley on 03-24-18

Beautiful book

I have read the book years ago and still have it. The audible version is wonderful. Thank u Marion Zimmer Bradley - while listening I am truly in The Mists of Avalon!

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