Mythos Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 26 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 27, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,504 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Ancient Greek History (Books)
#5 in Greek History
#5 in Ancient & Classical Greek History
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2021
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The subject of the book is Greek Mythology. You would think that Ovid and other authors have beat that old horse to death. But, Stephen breathes new life into these stories. His prodigious store of knowledge finds its way into every story. You marvel and laugh and are even shocked by the stories. Very worth while book. Please read it.
There is one negative I suppose. It is not a novel. There is no real plot to keep you enthralled. Instead, I find that I have not sat down with Stephen for a while. So that brings me back to the book. What story do you have for me today?
― Stephen Fry, Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold
I have finished this book and it is the best of 2022 so far and likely will stay that way. I say this because this book is a masterpiece and has made it into my all time favorite list.
I was going to update my review but you know what? I like the way it stands.
I wrote my review as I read which I never do. But I did that with this one.
So, my review is below, unfiltered, comments and love for the book pouring forth from me. I just cannot bear to erase them. So that is my review below. And I say this again before I hit the "done" button. This is an absolute masterpiece.
I am leaving the review below up which was written as I read.
But will be adding more thoughts soon -- as this book is now firmly in my top 10 of all time.
AND I found out -- there is a part two!!
Doing some quite different than I normally do -- editing my review as I read. I have to. This book is a masterpiece. Added to favorites and I'm only 50 % done!
I have not finished this book yet.
Proper review to follow once I do.
I have done something I've NEVER done before. I've rated a book and rated it 5 stars before finishing!
Have you ever done this?
I can't help it. I am enthralled. And I believe -- unless this book somehow takes a bad turn -- I will be labeling it under 'Favorite books."
I have always held an interest in Greek Mythology though I am by no means an expert.
I've read about these times -- and the beautiful, Mythical, compelling and captivating world of the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greek times - since I was little.
Reading this is like coming face to face with my childhood. It's like reaching back in time, to that simpler place of innocence, when one read purely for the joy and magnificence of the pages that danced in front of you.
I don't have that feeling of firsts much anymore. And I have desperately wanted to go back in time, to relive the time of the Olympians.
But never could I find a book about them to get lost in. Not in my adult years. Not like when I was in childhood.
Well - I am lost in the pages if this book. It has beguiled me, left me drowsy and drunk with awe, I am speechless at the magic in these pages.
I am deliberately reading slowly so as not to finish and have to say goodbye to soon.
Once I do, I might just go back and reread it all again!
It's been a stormy day, with strong winds and snow and ice. It's been a tough time psychologically too. But this book has made me smile. What a gift!
How lovely to find this enchanting compilation! And what a wonderful and loving tribute to these Gods and Goddesses and to this ageless, timeless era of beauty.
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Its interesting and enjoyable and does a good jobs of put as much as possible together in a single book without ever making you feel this it is study material for an exam.
I'd definitely recommend
Unfortunately I do not like this writing style at all - I prefer simple and direct rather than verbose - and in particular I hated the attempt to be drole with such ancient myths that have survived so long. So I purchased Edith Hamilton's famous version Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. This is much more what I was after. Simple prose, sensitive to the original poet's style, and a great range of stories.
My mistake - should have read the reviews before buying. Each to his own. Some people will love it.