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In the newest installment of the best-selling series Mythos, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes.

Perseus. Jason. Atalanta. Theseus. Heracles. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths. Whether recounting a tender love affair or a heroic triumph, Fry deftly finds resonance with our own modern minds and hearts. 

  • Each adventure is infused with Fry's distinctive voice and writing style.
  • Connoisseurs of the Greek myths will appreciate this fresh-yet-reverential interpretation, while newcomers will feel welcome. 
  • Retellings brim with humor and emotion.

"Mostly Chiron saw in the child, and the young man he became, boundless courage, athleticism, intelligence, and ambition. He saw too lots of words beginning with 'self', which gave him pause. Self-belief, self-possession, self-righteousness, self-confidence, self-love. Perhaps these characteristics are as necessary to a hero as courage."

In Heroes, Fry draws out the humor and pathos in both tender love affairs and heroic battles, and reveals each myth's relevance for our own time.

©2020 Stephen Fry (P)2020 Chronicle Books

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Great stories wonderfully told

Certainly glad there are no tests or quizzes along the way with all the family trees covered! These are great stories told in a very entertaining way. As for the narration, well-paced, nuanced with the action and very comforting to the ear. I'm sure he could make the alphabet sound entertaining. I very much enjoyed this book and I learned a few things as well.

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A must read for Greek mythology enthusiasts

If you enjoyed Mythos you'll thank the gods for this little gem. Fry's witty writing and charismatic narration are charming as ever. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!

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Another great book by Stephen Fry!

As always Stephen Fry does not disappoint! A captivating retelling of Traditional Greek Myths and Hero's. Looking forward to the third book!

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Stephen Fry Is a Gift From the Muses

Stephen Fry has always been a wonderful narrator and has voiced many characters I love in movies, TV shows, and videogames alike; he even succeeded at making me love and hate a man named Reaver in the Fable game series. My most recent listening to him before I found these books was my daughter's Pocoyo TV shows which she loves watching everyday. Listening to this was a wonderful help to keep me busy while I work at my local library and I highly recommend this and Mythos to anyone who would love to hear Greek myth in a beautifully written narrative and told through the words of a wonderfully imaginative man. Thank, Mr Fry, for writing such wonderful books, and making my workdays so much more enjoyable.

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Perfect second

Even if you have not read/listened to Mythos this is a must. Steven Fry gives an audio performance that is a delight. The subject is fantastic. Do not wait a must get

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Another great listen

I loved this book almost as much as Mythos. Always an enjoyable listen. If you like Greek mythology a good listen

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  • David Andre Espinosa
  • 2020-05-03

Amazing!

Loved all these stories! Hercules and Jason were my absolute favorites! Stephen Fry is a genius and and extraordinary story teller! I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • kubro
  • 2020-05-14

Fantastical Mr. Fry

Fry is my favorite. This is yet another albeit one of his best examples of writing, acting, research, creativity and overall entertaining. He blends beautifully legend, myth, history, fact, fiction and pure imaginative genius so well even I a simpleton can enjoy the creation, learn from it and mostly sit in awe of all I don't know, didn't know and don't understand but now at least have a grasp of and all the while loving the journey as Fry's amazing voices play it all out in my head. Thank you Mr. Fry! Thank you very much!

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  • Saif
  • 2020-05-06

Another Tour de Force

I am wholly attached to Stephen Fry's narration. Not to mention his intellect! Heroes is yet another reason why I love these witty books about ancient Greek myths. I hope they churn another one or two given their ripe subject matter!

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  • linda
  • 2020-05-04

Can't wait till #3

I loved Jason and the Argonauts as well. I'm looking forward to Stephen Fry's take on Ulysses and the Odyssey.

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  • Kyle Klincko
  • 2020-05-13

Amazing Book!!!!

Stephen Fry is such an amazing storyteller!! This book is absolutely a joy to listen to! Mr. Fry does a phenomenal job narrating and really gives the story life. The way he puts his own personal spin on the tales is what makes them so entertaining! I'm really looking forward to the next one in the series!

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  • ArobertsRN
  • 2020-05-07

Like story time with a grandfather

I loved everything about Mythos, so this was a must when I saw it available. Fry does a masterful job of bringing the classic stories of Greek heroes to life in a way that is relatable, easy to follow, and feels modern. The way he builds in conversations over the breakfast table between Zeus and Hera to cover backstory necessary to a larger one is both highly entertaining and commendable as a way of making these gods and goddesses more accessible and relatable to the reader. Whether you’ve studied mythology extensively or are just picking it up for the first time, Fry’s series is one that I recommend for its roots in scholarly research and adaptation for the casual reader.

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  • Anna
  • 2020-05-17

Can't wait for Vol 3!

I read the book while waiting for the audio to come out. Both media were unique experiences.

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  • David
  • 2020-05-09

Re: Greek Myths

This a wonderful narrative retelling of the major and lesser Greek heroes of mythology into a collection of easy to understand renderings for the modern listener or reader. Well worth the investment for anyone interested in this topic.

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  • Joshua K. Anderson
  • 2020-05-25

wonderfully written and read

I grew up reading the stories of Greek myth, the childhood versions toned down for a younger audiences. This is something for the adult in me that longs for the classic adventure and drama that I experienced as a child. Masterfully told in a way that keeps me gripped to the stories. I cannot wait for the next installment!

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  • M. Nelson
  • 2020-05-11

Want to give it six stars...

Because I gave Mythos five stars. This was even better. Fry the writer is as good as Fry the reader/actor. His sense of myth and history combined with his entertainment genes makes this the best of audiobooks I await the Trojan War with hope.

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