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Publisher's Summary

The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valor against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder. In this new retelling, the tales come alive more vividly than ever with the added drama of popular music by Holst, Wagner, and others.

©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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just what I wanted

This was a great introduction to the Greek gods and heroes. I knew only very little about some of them and nothing about others. This book filled in the gaps. It begins by telling how the world got started, how the titans were defeated by the olympians, and then tells a few hero tales. Some of the gods mentioned include Chaos, Cronus, Zeus, Demeter and Hercules. Some of the heroes discussed include Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Theseus. The stories were interesting and the narration was well done.

I found a study guide on line that gave a nice summary of some of these characters and really helped my learning and enjoyment.

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Aren't you glad that you didn't live back then?

This is a quick survey of the principal characters in Greek mythology. It is most helpful to get an idea of who did what to whom and how they were interrelated. It was gory and depressing in places, but I suppose that was how the ancient Greeks understood life. This is certainly not a book for children to hear unless they are quite mature, just like the original Grimm's fairy tales bear little resemblance to what we see in kids books. Overall it was worth the time.

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Tales from the Greek Legends (unabridged)

Very interesting and entertaining , told like a story and not a lesson. Kept me wanting to finish the book. Loved it.

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Good but Gristly

This is a is a fine production of a selection of the most well-known of the Greek myths and could serve as an entertaining introduction to these classic stories. My one complaint, however, is that this particular rendering of the myths is unnecessarily violent and gristly in it?s detailing of the exploits of the Greek heroes, especially for younger listeners.

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Great reading of old tales

Very much enjoyed this reading of some traditional Greek tales. Highly recommended to anyone interested in these legends

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i loved it. its all the great amazing stories

its all the stories of the greek gods and goddesses like Zeus, and the titans. i really recommend.

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Outstanding

This is an excellent audiobook for young and older listeners! The stories of Greek mythology are unsurpassed and the Naxos production praiseworthy. Well done!

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Truly Enjoyable, Entertaining, and Informative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audio book to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Greek Mythology or brush up on the subject. This is an easily comprehendable book of short stories that outlines the basics of the Greek family tree of Gods and demi-gods. Never dull or boring - the author and narrator bring the stories to life with pure joy and entertainment. High praise to narrator Benjamin Soames!! From adolescents to adults - the whole family will enjoy this book!

What other book might you compare Tales from the Greek Legends to and why?

I bought this audio book to brush up on my knowledge of Greek Mythology before diving once again into the Odyssey and the Illiad.

Which scene was your favorite?

My personal favorite Greek Myth is that of Demeter and Persiphone and the reason for Winter. A beautifully told tale. The author recounts the legend of Pandora's Box and the creation of woman - all beautifully told tales.

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I lOVED IT!

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  • 06-22-07

Good, but a bit boreing in places.

In general you are pretty safe with the Naxos children's classics series. The writers usually do a very good job of simplifying the source matieral and get to the heart of the original themes whilst leaving plenty of space for further reading if what you hear sparks your imagination. They also tend to be things that adults and children can both enjoy, so I personnally think very highly of them.
At times this collection is very good. Once it gets going it features nice little over views of the heroic epics of Hercules, Jason, Perseus and the story to the labyrinth. Both truimph and tradgey are included.
Unfortunately the production doesn't get off to a very good start. The creation story and the early squabbling among the gods is told in a very passive and rather dull account. Even Pandora's box sounds a bit boreing, a story I find truely haunting when told well.
This is worth a down load, if only as back ground to the Troy and Odyesses Naxos productions ( both great), but don't expect to much.

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  • skye man
  • 08-08-22

Nostalgic

When I was young this was my first real exposure to Greek mythology after I found a copy of the CD at my grandmother’s.

And years later it’s still really good, the narration and music do an amazing job of bringing the stories to life.

Collected here are what some could say are the more essential or popular tales from Ancient Greece. Including, the creation myths of the early cosmos, Perseus, Hercules (shock of all shocks), Theseus and Jason.

Since that time I’ve read less romanticised versions of these stories but they are still told really well and you can do worse for an introduction to the subject.

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  • Jamie Lloyd
  • 02-04-21

GREAT STORY

probably one of the best storys of all time.

One of my favourites ever .






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  • streetcar1984
  • 07-11-18

For a quick pick up and refresh of Greek Legends

There are many small stories scattered in childhood books, it is great to listen to them again and pick those stories up in another language.