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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,079

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more!

  • By Lily on 08-11-17

Stephen Fry does it again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-11-17

I love Stephen Fry as an audiobook narrator, and I feel he's at his best when narrating his own writing. I'm also a fan of Greek mythology in general, so this combination seemed too good to be true.

This book is a marvellous combination of in-depth detail and funny, at times almost irreverent tone. From the beginning of the universe from Chaos, on through the rise of the Titans, then the Greek pantheon, to mankind's beginnings and ongoing adventures, the Greek tales are lovingly recreated by this master wordsmith.

I feel that this will be one with endless re-listening value, as I've already forgotten some of the names and details of the endless naiads, oceanids and so on (but I'd like to remember them). Definitely worth a buy, you won't regret it.

74 of 80 people found this review helpful

  • Cursor's Fury

  • The Codex Alera: Book Three
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 273

Power-hungry Kalare has rebelled against Alera's aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus. Ill-equipped to face this attack, Gaius must seek support - even from the combative High Lord of Aquitaine. Kalare has also seized valuable hostages that could mean the difference between victory and failure. And Amara, the First Lord's Cursor, has been tasked with their rescue. She has earned this trust but are her allies as worthy - or does the Lady Aquitaine see the time as ripe for betrayal?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last minute ending. Stupid annoying horns!

  • By L. Turner on 21-03-17

Last minute ending. Stupid annoying horns!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-17

Overall I did enjoy this installment of the Furies of Calderón series. Tavi's character became more developed, and it was fun to see more of Max (one of my favourite characters). The flashback sequences were well-crafted. I felt Amara became a much more agreeable character in this book.

The reason it's not getting 5 stars is two fold. Firstly, I feel like it could have done with being shorter in some places and then longer at the end. The final battle felt a bit of an anticlimax. My second reason is those stupid bloody horns which keep sounding at random places throughout the book! I have no idea if they are meant to denote a pause in the book, or if someone is about to do something very heroic, but they are beyond irritating. I often listen to audiobooks to fall asleep, and the sudden jarring sound of a bizarre fanfare is distinctly unwelcome. Whoever had that idea needs a kick up the backside.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Eye of the World

  • Wheel of Time, Book 1
  • By: Robert Jordan
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab

  • By Robyn on 13-04-13

It drew me in...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-15

I have been a longtime fan of these books. Although as a child, books on tape were standard fare for car journeys or relaxation, I had never before listened to an audio book of something so long and intricate.

I'm pleased to say that it mostly met my expectations. I'd have liked more of the female reader, just to break things up a bit more. And I disagree with some of the pronunciations, however I don't have my book copy to hand to check if they match Jordan's version or not!

Overall an enjoyable experience, and I certainly got more out of listening than i expected. I am due a re-read of the series, but I feel I actually picked out more detail in listening this time than in reading the book again for the I-don't-know-how-many-nth time. The foreshadowing was much more apparent when you hear the words read aloud.

I'd recommend this to anyone, whether it's your first foray into fantasy or not. Pre-existing Wheel of Time fans may find they get something new out of the experience, so don't be put off if you have already read the books

2 of 2 people found this review helpful