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