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Heroes

Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hrs
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Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.    

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry.

There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. 

In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx, and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.  

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

©2018 Stephen Fry (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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An engaging continuation of Mythos

This book's subject is lives and deeds of Greek heroes. The narration is (as always) brilliant and the plot most engaging. Recommended to anyone struggling with original Greek sources on heroes but interested in Greek hero myths. The stories are spiced with humor and drama, but remain faithful to the original. Fry sometimes offers insight on how different types of heroes reflected changes in Greek society over time.

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Wonderful

Truly enjoyable, both the story and the narration are perfect. This book goes deeper and more detailed into ancient Greek stories than any other book I've ever read. Surely recommend to anyone interested in Greek mythology.

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Greek mythology at its best

What is there not to love?

1: Greek Mythology & 2: The melodic voice of Stephen Fry!

I listened to this, mainly during my daily commute, and actually found myself wishing for traffic so that I could listen to it a bit longer!

If you are a fan of Mythology, adventure or the incredible Mr Fry, then Heroes is an absolute must! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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Enjoyed so so much!!

I enjoy listening to anything Stephen Fry reads, so naturally I also enjoyed this book. Greek mythology has always been one of my favorites and Stephen just has a wonderful way of delivering it in this book. I deeply recommend listening. couldn't wait driving to listen more!!

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Stephen Fry is as amazing as ever

Fry's expressive narration makes the myths come alive. The book is a great way to learn about some of the foundational stories of European culture, while having fun at the same time. I found myself smiling widely on multiple occasions as a result of Fry's humorous retelling of the stories.

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Fry is always a treat for the ears

I loved Mythos but found Heroes even more enjoyable. Fabulous escapism and a vindication of the perception of the Greek storytellers as the originators of the enthralling adventure yarn.

Looking forward to the next book on Troy and Odysseus/Ulysses already!

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Greek Heroes like you never heard before

Readings from Stephen Fry are a treasure. Everything read by him is a delight for my ears.

I couldn't imagine that his previous work: Mythos, would continue with a book as good as that one. I have to say something tough (and i hope he doesnt read this reviews), but i have read Mythos, and it doesn´t have the same power as listening to it. It is just the way Mr. Fry speaks. It is sublime. I would buy this one (Heroes) in hardcover for my collection, but the audible version is the one i'll revisit time and again

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Continuation of mythos

Mythos was a 5 star audiobook for me. This book is a continuation in terms of story but also in terms of quality. Fry's vocabulary and style are masterful and his voice is very agreeable to listen to. You will be surprised how many different characters he can depict just by changing his voice slightly. He has great respect for the myths and obviously studied then diligently. But somehow his work does not sound scholarly at all. The muzes must have been kind to him.

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Fry as you expect

Stephen Fry and ancient history. If this does not make you but the book don't do it

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This is perfect. I loved this book

This is perfect. I loved this book and I will read it again and again

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  • Yulia Nikolaeva
  • 29-12-18

An engaging continuation of Mythos

This book's subject is lives and deeds of Greek heroes. The narration is (as always) brilliant and the plot most engaging. Recommended to anyone struggling with original Greek sources on heroes but interested in Greek hero myths. The stories are spiced with humor and drama, but remain faithful to the original. Fry sometimes offers insight on how different types of heroes reflected changes in Greek society over time.

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  • Silvia
  • 03-11-18

Wonderful

Truly enjoyable, both the story and the narration are perfect. This book goes deeper and more detailed into ancient Greek stories than any other book I've ever read. Surely recommend to anyone interested in Greek mythology.

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  • melville
  • 15-01-19

Greek mythology at its best

What is there not to love?

1: Greek Mythology & 2: The melodic voice of Stephen Fry!

I listened to this, mainly during my daily commute, and actually found myself wishing for traffic so that I could listen to it a bit longer!

If you are a fan of Mythology, adventure or the incredible Mr Fry, then Heroes is an absolute must! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Keren
  • 14-01-19

Enjoyed so so much!!

I enjoy listening to anything Stephen Fry reads, so naturally I also enjoyed this book. Greek mythology has always been one of my favorites and Stephen just has a wonderful way of delivering it in this book. I deeply recommend listening. couldn't wait driving to listen more!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

Stephen Fry is as amazing as ever

Fry's expressive narration makes the myths come alive. The book is a great way to learn about some of the foundational stories of European culture, while having fun at the same time. I found myself smiling widely on multiple occasions as a result of Fry's humorous retelling of the stories.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-01-19

Fry is always a treat for the ears

I loved Mythos but found Heroes even more enjoyable. Fabulous escapism and a vindication of the perception of the Greek storytellers as the originators of the enthralling adventure yarn.

Looking forward to the next book on Troy and Odysseus/Ulysses already!

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  • Aramis Vera Vizcarra
  • 22-12-18

Greek Heroes like you never heard before

Readings from Stephen Fry are a treasure. Everything read by him is a delight for my ears.

I couldn't imagine that his previous work: Mythos, would continue with a book as good as that one. I have to say something tough (and i hope he doesnt read this reviews), but i have read Mythos, and it doesn´t have the same power as listening to it. It is just the way Mr. Fry speaks. It is sublime. I would buy this one (Heroes) in hardcover for my collection, but the audible version is the one i'll revisit time and again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-18

Continuation of mythos

Mythos was a 5 star audiobook for me. This book is a continuation in terms of story but also in terms of quality. Fry's vocabulary and style are masterful and his voice is very agreeable to listen to. You will be surprised how many different characters he can depict just by changing his voice slightly. He has great respect for the myths and obviously studied then diligently. But somehow his work does not sound scholarly at all. The muzes must have been kind to him.

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  • Yme
  • 25-12-18

Fry as you expect

Stephen Fry and ancient history. If this does not make you but the book don't do it

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  • khaledalyami001
  • 03-12-18

This is perfect. I loved this book

This is perfect. I loved this book and I will read it again and again

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