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- Listening Length: 15 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Nov. 2018
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07H8K15BN
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Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures Audiobook – Unabridged
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Using a fairly informal, almost irreverent approach, for example he pronounces the names of people and places as comes most easily to him, Fry brings these stories to life like few others ever could. The Gods, heroes and of course villains are given an often-missed humanity and character that is both charming and humorous.
In fairness, although clearly a lot of personal research went into these re-tellings it's neither a comprehensive collection, more of a Greatest Hits if you will, nor is it a hugely scholarly work. However, if like me you mainly have a passing knowledge of the Greek Myths or you want to dip your toe into them for the first time this is a fabulous place to start.
My favourite has always been Jason and his Argonauts ever since watching Don Chaffey's 1963 film as a boy. Even with this one though, the one that I'm most familiar with I learned more about the back story and how the plot developed and has been toyed with than I ever have before. Then, right at the end Stephen describes "Mythos" as a trilogy which I wasn't aware of so hopefully to match his shows there will be one more of these which will cover the Trojan war and its aftermath. I can't wait!
So, if you want to spend some time listening to a modern legend breathing life into ancient myths, this is very much the right series!
And more of a summary of events rather than a comprehensive study of the myth's..
I can understand Fry's approach and the story telling is good but rather lacking in substance and technicalities...it's almost like they have been sanatised into episodes of a comic book series...for a more enlightened and certainly academic writings on this fabulous subject..look no further than Robert Graves...and the books 1 and 2 of The Greek Myths ,, absolutely outstanding..