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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,923 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marion Zimmer Bradley Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mists of Avalon Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781436198486
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The imaginative return to the Arthurian legend as told from its pagan priestesses continues in The High Queen, book two of The Mists of Avalon series.

Morgaine, finally reconciled to the birth of her son, must relinquish him to her aunt Morgause in exchange for the kept secret regarding his parentage. Arthur marries the timid but dutiful Gwenhwyfar, while ongoing wars with the Saxon invaders continue to rage accross the land. Morgaine, tired of worldly concerns, attempts to return to Avalon, but disappears without a trace somewhere near the end of her journey. In a last bid for peace, Arthur compromises his loyalty to Avalon by carrying the Christian banner into battle. Gwenhwyfar's inability to conceive has the kingdom despairing of an heir to the throne, while behind the scenes, her love for Lancelet grows more impassioned and desperate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends … reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience … an impressive achievement. --The New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suellen | 1/25/2014

    " Truth said, I've read the four books one after another, nonstopping to swallow. I have no opinion of each in particular. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orenda | 11/2/2013

    " Loved it. One of my favorite books, and I consider myself to be a pretty big Arthurian legend nerd. I've read this AND listened to it on audio (with Davina Porter - if you are going to get it as an audio book, I recommend her highly). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shamsh | 9/5/2013

    " Marion involves us in a world of mist, magic and dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 8/29/2013

    " Well, Gwen was very close to driving me Crazy in this book, but then finally... hoo, damn! Looking forward to the next book, that's for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rasheil Stanger | 8/17/2013

    " Goes well with the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnne | 7/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and have gone on to read the rest of the series (4 total.) An interesting story and a different view of the Arthurian legend than I had read before. Fleshes out the characters and makes them seem more like real human beings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polyana | 2/4/2013

    " Abre o olho Arthur! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb Deshler | 11/9/2012

    " I guess I've outgrown romance novels. This was graphic but tedious, with very little in the way of plot development. Oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 vorbore | 9/19/2012

    " I am really glad that I tried "The Mists of Avalon" for the second time. I can't wait to continue reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mónika | 1/12/2012

    " My Review on the Full Series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 8/6/2011

    " Listened to this one on CD, too. I had a hard reading her books, but they were absolutely fantastic to listen to! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nuno Alexandre Chaves | 8/2/2011

    " brevemente "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 3/15/2011

    " Amo finais romaticos d++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Bird | 11/26/2010

    " The premise is interesting- following the Camelot myth through the perspectives of the female characters. The style of writing is definitely older, and it's not exactly an action packed story, but it passes the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/25/2010

    " La légende arthurienne revisitée et présentée à travers le regard des femmes: courageuses, obsessionnelles, calculatrices, naïves, brimées ou adulées, elles sont au coeur de l'intrigue. J'ai beaucoup aimé cette approche nouvelle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 9/30/2010

    " I guess I've outgrown romance novels. This was graphic but tedious, with very little in the way of plot development. Oh well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wafa | 8/14/2010

    " La plus merveilleuse évocation de la saga du roi Arthur qu'il m'ait été donné de lire. Absolument extraordinaire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2010

    " Decided to keep reading the series to see how it ends. I'm not too clear on the entire Arthurian legend, so it is interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shamsh | 6/26/2009

    " Marion involves us in a world of mist, magic and dream. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/29/2007

    " Listened to this one on CD, too. I had a hard reading her books, but they were absolutely fantastic to listen to! "

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About the Author
Author Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley (1930–1999) received her BA from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and her graduate degree from the University of California–Berkeley. She was a science fiction and fantasy fan since her teens and had written as long as she could remember, but only for school magazines and fanzines until she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics but is probably best known for her Darkover novels and her Arthurian novel, The Mists of Avalon. In addition to her novels, she edited magazines, both amateur and professional.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration.She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and The Square One Theater, among others.