The Mists of Avalon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2012
51 hours 2 minutes
In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist--she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view. No passive by-standers, these earthy priestesses from Avalon literally breathe life into a musty, oft-told tale. In Book One: Mistress of Magic, the Lady of the Lake--Viviane--brings about the marriage of her younger sister Igraine to Uther Pendragon. Their only child, Arthur, is believed to be the last hope in the long standing war between Saxons and Romans. Meanwhile, Morgaine, Igraine's daughter by her first marriage to Gorlois, has come under the apprenticeship of Viviane at Avalon. In spite of her great love and hope for Morgaine, Viviane is driven by an unrelenting vision. Miserable, but duty-bound, she tricks Morgaine and Arthur into becoming lovers during the night of the ritual fires. Enraged and shamed by what her aunt has done, Morgaine plans to rid herself of the child that has resulted from their union. Book one ends with Arthur's coronation and Morgaine's decision to leave Avalon.
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Jennifer D.

This book is exhausting and is not worth 50+ hours of investing!! The only thing redeemable is the narrator, Great work Davina Porter. This is a retelling of Arthurian legends with a perspective favoring ancient pagan traditions and the women perspective, which I thought would be very interesting. But unfortunately, the plot isn't anything new and goes on and on and on about how terrible Christianity and other organized dogma are.

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Ang A.

I tried revisiting this as an adult rather than as a middle school kid looking for books with sex in them. Knowing now that she knew her husband was raping a 10yr old boy, even swore to such in court, makes this an unfinishable text.

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Ann P.

Beautifully written.A great story. Such an amazing epilogue. The narrator was perfect. Brava!

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Davina Porter really captures the magic of my favorite book from my formative years! This female-centric version of the Arthurian Legend is brought to vivid life by a spectacular narrator. A “must listen” for fans of fantasy, history, occult, and chivalric tales!

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Sarah K.

Excellent narration by davina porter, a long winded version of Arthur and Camelot focusing on the women of the stories and not the “heroic” male counterparts of the story, worth a listen:

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A unique take on the Authurian legend. A book worth listening to more than once. Camelot from a feminine POV.

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Edward S.

This book is well thought out and the story so well told.

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Bryan Stanton

Great book. Decent narration. Sometimes the audio was doubled.

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