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Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context. This volume is a doorway into a captivating world.

©2019 Stephen Fry (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Amazing

After seeing his performance of mythos live at Niagra on the lake last summer, I was determined to wait for the audiobook because I know his performance to be amazing. This audiobook did not disappoint.

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Bringing Greek Myths to Life

Fry does a fantastic job of bringing the myths of Ancient Greece to life. The characters sound real, and Fry’s turns of phrase are always a delicious treat.

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Piece of art

Gorgeously written and read. The attention to details, the linguistic references and the overall performance make this a real piece of art. Loved it so much I bought the hardcover book.

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I did not want it to end!!

Exquisite narration, I could not stop listening!
This book has cemented my love for the Greek myths.
I loved every morsel of humour thrown here and there. Thank you Stephen Fry!!

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Longish but Worthwhile!

This lengthy work presents a witty account of Greek myths. The author, who is also the narrator in the audio version, dives right into the stories, with no introduction or preamble. Only in the epilogue does he make his approach explicit, that is, to favour telling rather than analysing.

He displays an amazing level of scholarship, using Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” as a major source among many others. A pleasant low-key humour is present throughout, perhaps at its pinnacle in the dialogues involving Echo. The many references to how the names of mythological protagonists are now present in current English words is enlightening.

The myths are presented in logical order : Creation, the rise of the Titans, the birth of the gods and the Ages of mankind. There is no overall narrative ark, however, and some may find things get a bit wearisome three quarters of the way through, yet another story following the previous one.

Still, this work will prove of great interest to anyone curious to learn more about Greek mythology.

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Bravo Stephen Fry!

What an enjoyable book to listen to! I can only hope he had as much fun writing and telling it.

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Amazing book

Stephen Fry is incredible! The book reads itself (literally). The stories are captivating and the reader is amazing

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masterful modern retelling

spell bonding fantastic. Stephen's insertions gave the myth new life and relevance without detracting from their original allure

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If you like Douglas Adams…

If you like that kind of dry, matter of fact, British humour found in books like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or Good Omens you’ll like this. And it’ll brush you up on nomenclature and trivia at the same time.

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I loved it

Stephen Fry, is so unbelievably engaging a storyteller that in order to prolong the enjoyment. I had to to stop for a number of days.
I enjoyed many of the myths told and wish he could have told more or can come out with another book of myths from another culture. just hearing him tell the tales for the sake of telling the tales takes me back to the days when I first learned about Greek myths and myths of all kinds. thank you Stephen for never being anything less than an amazingly, engaging and enchanting you.

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  • L. Kampp
  • 2019-09-24

Please, will you tell me a story?

How does Stephen Fry do it? The pantheon of Greek Gods was never boring to me, but could be confusing and WAS bizarre and alien. Fry has made it so...Human.

This is a man who knows his subject so well that he can play with it, adding bits of cosmological physics and a Monty Python reference about cheese, yet still teach us about pounds, shillings and pence as well as the labyrinthine origins of these mythic beings.

The enchantment began immediately for me because I forgot to consider who was doing the reading. After only a few minutes of listening to his voice my parasympathetic nervous system to kicked in, slipping me gently into dreams.

For anyone who is interested in comparative religion or ancient civilizations; for anyone who ever was soothed to sleep by hearing a bedtime story, to anyone who has appreciated Fry's previous works... I truly believe that you'll enjoy hearing the early Greek stories of how it all began.

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  • Boomy
  • 2019-10-31

Excellent

Delightful rendition of classic tales made easy to listen to and injected with Fry's signature humor. easy for adult or kids to listen to.

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  • ricemilk
  • 2019-11-08

So good

So good just so good
Stephen Fry is an epic brain box and has a magical voice too

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  • Kiersten
  • 2019-09-17

Stephen Fry is a treasure

This man is a frickin genius. He is such a wonderful narrator AND he wrote it? I loved this book. Such a joy. His narrating is lovely and the book is lighthearted and fun. I will be listening to this again for sure.

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  • October
  • 2019-11-05

breath taking.

I highly recommend this book to any fans of mythology. it is stunningly beautiful.

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  • Caleb
  • 2019-10-05

Great Start, Dragging Middle

Amazing beginning. Despite dragging for a couple hours toward the middle, I reccomend to anyone

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  • T. Delaune
  • 2019-09-23

Fantasticicl

What a marvelous treat to reacquaint myself with the Greek Gods and Heroes, demigods and goddesses. Stephen Fry is truly a treasure and masterful story teller. Highly recommend.

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  • Derick Morton
  • 2019-09-28

Exactly what you wanted if you clicked on it.

it's exactly what you were looking for if you were searching for easily digested but accurate infotainment about the Gods.

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  • Mr Conway
  • 2019-08-30

Mythology for the kitchen table

The book takes these very old stories and makes them absolutely relatable and engaging to a kitchen table audience.

Stephen Fry is the best narrator on Audible.

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  • Schug
  • 2020-06-14

The format just didn't work for me.

This review is for the audiobook. I love Stephen Fry's writing and performances. Unfortunately the format of this book really worked against it. I just wish Fry had chosen to focus more narrowly on a select few gods rather than trying to exhaustively cover them all. At times the "X begat Y who begat Z" sections felt straight out of the Old Testament.

Don't get me wrong, the good parts are very good, but the in-between parts are a slog. I had the hardest time not spacing out and letting my mind wander during the "in-between" sections that I'd suddenly realize I was missing a good part and would have to rewind. Ultimately I gave up about halfway through.

Although Stephen Fry's narration is superb, I can't help but think that reading it might be the way to go, so that you can skip to the good stuff more easily.

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