When I first heard this in the car I was a bit taken aback at the vivid goriness of the descriptions of battles with montsers. My husband and I can barely contain ourselves sometimes when we hear of the dismembering of some monster by a hero, but our boys (5 and 7) absolutely LOVE it. SO does our school ride boy (11) who is actually quiet for the only time during the day! I find the narrator's voice a bit monotone but he is very clear and given the gore he has to describe I think he does very well. I need to get the next CD as I am getting to know the Tales of the Greek Legends a bit too well - love the backing music too when it occurs... Not for bedtime stories but great for car journeys!
I bought this for my son but have also enjoyed listening to it myself. The reader has a good reading voice (nothing like Julian Clary as another reviewer has suggested) and also does pronounce the names correctly - he uses the now generally accepted Heracles rather than Hercules and this has confused some people.
I have an 8 year old daughter who is utterly fascinated by Greek mythology so I purchased this CD for her to listen to in the car on the way to/from school and she loves it (I must admit, I enjoy it too!).
The stories are generally of the well known legends (Hercules, Thesius, Perseus, Medusa etc) though do recount side-tales as well (for example the story of Thesius includes a side tale of Icarus). The stories are all easy to follow and the language used is generally OK for kids over 5 or 6, though some parts can be quite gruesome (for example the manner in which the Minotaur is killed is quite graphical).
The narrator, Benjamin Soames, trained at LAMDA and has appeared in the TV series Sharpe as well as toured worldwide in Measure for Measure with Cheek by Jowl. Soames provides a clear and fluent narration though my only criticism would be that at times his tone does not really embrace the high or low points of each story to make them more enveloping and believable.
Price purchased : £6.48 on offer from £10.99... very good value for money, if you (or your kids) are interested in Greek Legends.
Tales from greek legends is an excellent CD for travelling with the kids in the car. My children enjoyed listening to the adventures of Zeus and of Heracles. After each story we would pause the disc and allow the kids to ask questions and to query the various aspects of the tales. It's perfect for an hours long journey as it keeps the peace and allows the children to familarise themselves with these tales and it enables them to examine and question the works on their own terms and at their own speed.
We purchased this CD on the basis of another Amazon review and weren't disappointed. Ths kids (aged 8 & 6) love the stories (Heracles, Theseus, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts among others) and the CD is requested on every car journey! It's a painless way of getting a bit of knowledge/history into us all. The stories are re-told in modern language with some music thrown in for effect at key points, which all adds to the effect. The narrator has a pleasant voice (important when these CDs are played repeatedly!) and even though we all know the stories backward now, enjoy them still.
As my 9 year old son loves the current BBC series of Atlantis and we have Greek relations, I thought he might enjoy this to listen to in the car. We had a long 3 hour drive back from holiday and he listened to both CDs and thoroughly enjoyed them. He did comment that there was a lot of "falling in love" and "dying", which I suppose, to be fair, pretty much summarises the Greek legends. Not too much gore and educational too. I would recommend as an alternative car activity to iPad..