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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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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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Fry - brilliant as ever

I can’t ever seem to get enough of readings by Stephen Fry - his narration completely draws you in and holds you entranced; greatly disappointed I did not take the opportunity to catch his performance at Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Excessive!

This lengthy work follows up on “Mythos” by the same author. It presents witty, somewhat revisited accounts of the feats of ancient Greek heroes such as Herakles, Oedipus and Theseus. The author, who is also the narrator in the audio version, clearly loves telling stories and is generous with effects and embellishments. He displays an amazing level of scholarship. As he explains in the conclusion, he often had to deal with multiple, and conflicting, sources for each story.

There is no overall narrative ark, however, and many may find that things quickly become tedious. Even at a speed of 1.3, the speaking rate seems slow and annoyingly theatrical. Gradually, the multiple asides and flourishes become more unnerving than amusing. Many listeners may actually experience relief when they finally reach the epilogue after having hoped in vain that things would eventually improve.

Consequently, it would be difficult to recommend this work to anyone.

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Amazing!

I love the manner in which the stories are told and woven together. 10 stars!

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Stephen Fry does it again.

Like ‘Mythos’, this volume is entertaining, educational and wonderfully narrated by Fry. Even if one has a passing interest in myths, Fry’s two volumes will enhance that interest. Strongly recommended series.

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Greek legends playfully and thoughtfully retold

Classical content with a modern take on the Greek heroes, performed brilliantly by Stephen Fry. With no prior knowledge of Greek history I started the book because I love his narration in other works and quickly became interested in the subject.

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A real treat

I have lost count of the number of times I have giggled like a child, or smiled in awe and fascination to the masterful storytelling of Stephen Fry's Heroes.
Fry's personal criticism of the myths enhances and make the stories clearer and more relevant than ever.
A definite recommendation, and I will dive right into his other works now!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Aden
  • 2020-12-24

Stephen Fry Outdoes Himself

One of those audiobooks that you don't want to stop. I listen while commuting to work. When listening to Heroes (and Mythos),I found myself leaving for work early and sitting in the parking lot in order to expand my listening time. Highly recommended to anyone with even a remote interest in ancient Greek mythology.

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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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