The Myths
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(3.8 based on 337 ratings)
  • The Penelopiad | Margaret Atwood

    The Penelopiad

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.... And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he hangs Penelope's 12 maids.

    Interesting concept, not enough depth

    If you have read the Odyssey and know your mythology there's not a lot more here to engage a reader. The concept of telling the story from a different..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 November 2016 by Miss Z Cook ()
  • Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams | Alexander McCall Smith

    Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    If he's in the right mood, divine Angus might grant you sight of your true love in a dream. You might even fall in love with him, but he'll never love you back. He's too busy making mischief, stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs, and so forth - until he is trapped by his own romantic games, falls for an unattainable woman and is doomed to seek her forever. In 20th-century Scotland, Angus's troubled alter ego searches for his true family and identity.

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  • Weight | Jeanette Winterson

    Weight

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The Myth of Atlas and Heracles retold and performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck. Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him. Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles.

    Unexpectedly personal ...

    Firstly let me say that I’m really enjoying the whole Canongate Myth series so far (I’m 5 books in now). I’m finding them all interesting, challenging..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 January 2013 by M (Wakefield, United Kingdom)
  • The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur | Victor Pelevin

    The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Victor Pelevin
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    When Ariadne helped Theseus escape the Minotaur's labyrinth with the aid of a ball of thread, she led the way for the bewildered victims of a twenty-first century Minotaur. Trapped in an endless maze of Internet chat rooms, a group of mystified strangers find themselves assigned obscure aliases and commanded by the Helmet of Horror, the Minotaur himself.

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  • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ | Philip Pullman

    The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
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    In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the listener questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. Above all, this book is about how stories become stories.

    a beautiful tale

    Philip Pullman tells his story with a simplicity of writing style that is at first a little surprising, although the later eloquence in some of the di..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 October 2010 by E. Marsh (UK)
  • A Short History of Myth | Karen Armstrong

    A Short History of Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    Human beings have always been myth makers. Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

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  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods | A. S. Byatt

    Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
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    Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life.

    Wonderful.

    I’ve always found it difficult to read the myths: whether the Greek, Roman, Nordik - whatever - there’s something about them that makes them incompreh..Show More »

    Reviewed on 26 December 2012 by M (Wakefield, United Kingdom)