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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Mythos, written and read by Stephen Fry. 

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. 

Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance. 

©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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I need more!

Thoroughly enjoyed this witty and engaging narrative. I will admit a feeling of massive disappointment though, when the stories just ended at Midas and I discovered that there was no mention of well known tales such as those of Hercules, Icarus, Oedipus, Electra, or the War of Troy. Stephen mentions that if he had covered these stories too the book would've been too long; well I'm hoping he'll read this and see me imploring him now to pleeeease write a part 2 and include the rest! His written style is so lovely to follow, I'm bitterly sad he's not retelling me the whole lot. I've tried reading books of Greek Mythology before, and so often find them dry and hard to follow. This book flowed beautifully. I'm sad it ended. Please write another one Stephen!!! *weeps melodramatically and sacrifices a cow for the muse of writers*

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MYTHOS - A gift of a book from The Gods

This book is bar far one of the best reads of this genre I've had the pleasure to lend my ears to or cast my eyes upon.

Stephen Fry is one of the top Three of my favourite authors and this book has shifted him to number Two. An awesome, spellbinding, captivating book that draws you in and has you laugh, cry (in a manner of speaking) and certainly left me in awe and wonder about the Mythology as it is a subject I know and understand very little about. I bought the book because Stephen Fry is the author and nothing more but now, I've a whole new interest to discover and learn about. If Stephen reads these reviews at all, I cannot thank him enough for the wonderful NEW JOURNEY I'm about to embark on.

In short - an awesome MUST READ Book!!!

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Great

Great collection of the Greek mythos, perfect balance between accuracy and relatability, not too dry at all!

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  • Derek
  • STEVENAGE, United Kingdom
  • 24-11-17

Very Entertaining.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Stephen Fry delivers a masterful narration of stories which everyone should know and love. So much wisdom that is as relevant now as it was then.

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Stephen Fry does it again

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.

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Classic action.

Mr Fry delivers an excellent account of Greek Mythology. Classic story’s told in typical charming Fry fashion finding fiendishly fantastic forms for alliteration.
I look forward to him maybe doing a follow up for the age of hero’s.

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Enjoyable

Not quite what I was expecting but I think I might be too used to the later of the myths Jason and the argonauts, Troy, Theseus etc. This telling of the earlier myths was very good.

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Brilliant - why is Stephen Fry so talented?!

Where does Mythos rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent retelling of Greek myths. Funny and entertaining

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

His humour and diction kept me engaged. I couldn't wait to hear more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I listened on my commute.

Any additional comments?

It doesn't seem fair for one man to be so darned clever. I know he has his demons but Stephen Fry is so talented and this showcases his brilliance.

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QI version of the classics

this is really how the classics should be told today!

this is not as good as Gaiman's re-telling of the Norse myths but its still a great listen.

it gets better the further in you go, his writing to begin with is a bit to many listing of names but as you get into the tales and deeds its much richer.

as mentioned it the title, is very much a QI version of re-telling, a few facts, a few jokes, a few pop culture references all read in Stephens harry potter style.

a good book, perhaps not as great as it could be but a sterling listen all the same.

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Classic origin stories

I've been a fan of Greek mythology since I was at primary school. I know a lot of these stories very well, so to hear that Stephen Fry had written a book about these myths that I love so well, I grew very excited.

And in fact, must admit, he's done a wonderful job in characterising these Greek gods, goddesses, titans and others.

However, I admit that when I was listening, it was difficult to separate these stories out of something that might have appeared in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Partly because Stephen Fry, that most wonderful narrator, will always be the voice of the Guide in my head.

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  • Diego Ferrer
  • 02-02-18

Nice selection of myths, perfect narration

What did you love best about Mythos?

Honestly, I bought this book because I really enjoy anything read by Stephen Fry. For me, he sets the standard of excellence of how a book should be read and voices should be played. I will buy almost anything read by him and listen to it several times (specially the Harry Potter series).

Also, I like greek myths a lot and was curious to know which myths Stephen had chosen and how would he write about them or interpret them. I really liked how he started from the beginning according to greek myth and then chooses some interesting stories along the way, always keeping it light and fun. This is the perfect book for someone that likes mythology or is curious about it mainly for entertainment and a little bit of learning about the impact of those myths in today's vocabulary or expressions.

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  • Shannon Merrin
  • 19-05-18

Amazing storytelling

I loved it. I'm a novice when it comes to Greek Mythology and i would often listen to this while decorating.

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  • Riya Banerjee
  • 17-05-18

Didn't want it to end

This was my first audiobook ever and I'm so glad I started with this one. It wasn't too heavy (as long as you don't try to remember all the names introduced) and each story was as interesting as the last. Stephen Fry's voice variations during dialogues often made me smile while riding the public trains of Tokyo. I definitely recommend this to those who are curious about Greek mythology.

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  • Christopher McGrath
  • 17-05-18

Wonderful and Fun

Obviously the subject matter isn’t new, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable rendition of the myths of Ancient Greece. In a compelling-yet-playful way Fry tells not only the stories, but the context of these tales in modern life: the relationship between methane and the god of wine;, the origins of the bee’s sting.

It’s also quite digestible, but most of all fun.

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  • Marc
  • 10-05-18

Modernized easy-listening version of old tales

Do not expect anything "new" about the well-known Greek myths that are retold here. But do expect them to get a slightly "updated" tone, modernized pace and some tongue-in-cheek side-comments by the story-teller (or "author" if you will).
Stephen Fry does a nice job on that. He is not the world's greatest dramatic writer, so some of the stories come with quite some lengths that make you wish for an editor to cut, cut, cut. But Stephen's enthusiasm well carries you through it. That is if you like his style ...

The book starts with the creation of "the world" (universe, actually) and ends with the story of Midas (the guy with the "Golden Touch"), so it is NOT a "complete" collection of all the myths and stories available in the vast pool of Greek mythology. It is a good enough excerpt, though, if you want to grasp the patterns and the overall "tone" of those stories (most of which can be found in other peoples' mythologies in respective form anyway).

What I liked about this approach is the complete neglection of any academic expectations. Stephen Fry makes it quite clear that you neither need any prerequisites to enjoy the book nor will you gain any "insight" into the stories' "meaning", be it literary or sociological or etymological. He does hint at some words or expression derived from character names mentioned in the stories, but does not go into any further depths. This gives the book a "light-hearted" touch and makes it easy to listen to while on the road or in bed or under the shower or ...

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  • Shazel
  • 07-05-18

Brilliant

Humorous, Informative, Stephen Fry is a superb author & really brings his story to life.

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  • Netman
  • 04-05-18

Brilliant!

A wonderful read. Brilliantly narrated, informative, but ammusing. Will listen to again at some point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-18

Brilliant! Just hoped for even more.

Loved it: Stephen Fry's voice and his use of the English language. The explaining of the Greek origins of several of our words. Just hoped for the Illiad, Theseus and Heracles as well. Maybe in a next book?

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  • Nora
  • 05-04-18

Stephen Fry does it again

Once again Stephen Fry dazzles the audience with his voice, expertise and wit. He takes a difficult subject matter and portrays his feather light and smooth. Listened to this on a long road trip and time flew. Despite their initial mockery, the rest of passengers soon fell in love with Greek mythology as well. We particularly enjoyed the parts where Mr. Fry explains tree origin of words to the characters of ancient Greece. The legend lives on.

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  • Otto
  • 27-03-18

The whole was greater than two amazing parts

Not only did Fry's writing keep my interest up in an informative way, and his narrating riveting, but as a whole. The book was incredibly entertaining.