• Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (13,910 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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
  • Series: Mythos, Book 1
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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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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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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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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So good

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

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Fry’s Guide to the Greek pantheon

Stephen Fry’s Mythos was kind of a perfect storm for me. I’d been both on a Greek mythology jag since reading Madeline Miller’s Circe and Song Of Achilles (both of which I heartily recommend) and a Stephen Fry jag since listening to his reading of the Holmes stories. When I saw Stephen Fry had written and narrated a book on the great Greek myths I bought it immediately and loved it from word one. Fry makes the myths and legends accessible, humorous, tragic, and horrifying, often all at once. Much like his Victorian Secrets series, Fry injects his sharp wit and keen intellect to retell the most well-known myths in history in a way that’s fresh, original, and perpetually engaging. Whether you’re a college professor, a curious tween, or a well-read pensioner there’s something for everyone here.

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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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breath taking.

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

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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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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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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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