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Heroes

Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Series: The Mythos Volumes, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs
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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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Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

This is an audiobook that I simply can't recommend enough. One of British entertainment's legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style. It's a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion's share being taken by these grand old tales themselves. They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never feels like anything other than being told an engaging story. Of course being Stephen we also get charming nuggets of etymology thrown into the mix as well.

Using a fairly informal, almost irreverent approach, for example he pronounces the names of people and places as comes most easily to him, Fry brings these stories to life like few others ever could. The Gods, heroes and of course villains are given an often-missed humanity and character that is both charming and humorous.

In fairness, although clearly a lot of personal research went into these re-tellings it's neither a comprehensive collection, more of a Greatest Hits if you will, nor is it a hugely scholarly work. However, if like me you mainly have a passing knowledge of the Greek Myths or you want to dip your toe into them for the first time this is a fabulous place to start.

My favourite has always been Jason and his Argonauts ever since watching Don Chaffey's 1963 film as a boy. Even with this one though, the one that I'm most familiar with I learned more about the back story and how the plot developed and has been toyed with than I ever have before. Then, right at the end Stephen describes "Mythos" as a trilogy which I wasn't aware of so hopefully to match his shows there will be one more of these which will cover the Trojan war and its aftermath. I can't wait!

So, if you want to spend some time listening to a modern legend breathing life into ancient myths, this is very much the right series!

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Rather disappointing

I love the stories from Greek mythology but I can’t help but feel underwhelmed with this one. I agree with others that are unhappy with the accents chosen for a lot of the characters. Also, I just couldn’t loose myself in some of the stories like I usually do... and the omission of the Trojan war was annoying - I can only hope this huge tale has been left so we can do a whole book on it!

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Annoying accents

Didn't like the Accents given to the characters. Stephen Fry should just let us listen to his beautiful unadulterated accent.

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WOW!! Totally worth it

Amazing book with fantastic stories and my I say Mr Fry, what a story teller he is perfect in everything and I definitely suggest mythos

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great listen though overacting at points

enjoyable and very entertaining take on the Classic greek myths, though some of the accents are a bit much (Greeks are Welsh, Irish and Scottish? I am greatful to know Perseus is from Yorkshire!) recommended regardless!

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Wonderful book, distasteful accents.

Another excellent addition to Stephen Fry’s series although inserting the British isles accents into GREEK mythology is distasteful.

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Pantomime accents nearly ruined Heroes - FryFan

I love Stephen Fry and I loved Mythos.
However the accents for the characters in Heroes are so off putting.
The young Perseus sounds like a cast member from Last of the Summer Wine.
Then the Irish and the Welsh etc etc. Really made it hard for me to finish this one.

The stories are all great and it truly feels like a sequel to Mythos. I just should've read it.

I'm just a 26 year old who likes a good bedtime story.

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The heavy Irish and Scottish accent is overdone

I feel like I'm listening to an afternoon radio drama. All the high pitched squeaking and thick Irish accents does not make a good Greek mythology reading/listening.

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Heroes is the only Greek heroes book you need

A brilliant follow up to the Stephen Fry Mythos book. A stand alone book as well as part of a series. Cannot wait till part three arrives!

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Wonderful with slightly dodgy accents

A wonderful book with a great narrator. Just a pity Stephen couldn't resist from some dodgy accents - Scots was never his strong point!

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-19

Pure magic. Stephen Fry is transcendent.

Both the story and narrative are excellent! It was a very special experience to revisit the ancient Greek universe. I wish Stephen Fry could have been my history teacher. And English teacher. And art teacher. And... well, you get the idea

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  • Minol De Silva
  • 09-03-19

Loved it!!!

Found it fascinating to listen, put a slot of colour to the stories I have read and heard on Greek myths.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-19

The passion of Stephen Fry

I don’t care what the book is about - if Sir Stephen Fry is reading it, I am listening to it. But I have rarely been mesmerized like in these books and I hope to the heavens that the third one is published soon. He really makes English and the language a joy and I suddenly developed a indescribable joy for Greek Mythology! Definitely a must-listen!

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  • Alex
  • 31-05-19

Absolutely marvelous

As all other works written or performed by Stephen Fry, this book too reminded me why I love stories, myths and the English language. A beautiful retelling of the Greek legends and a wonderful audio experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-19

<br />Loved it!

I loved it so much that I need to read it as well. I have no doubt that I will (as I have with Mythos) and I cannot wait for the final book in this trilogy. Stephen Fry, you are my hero!

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  • Stef
  • 21-04-19

great sequel

although you don't have to have read Mythos first to enjoy these stories, the two books compliment eachother.

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  • Bruno Manzoli Caruso
  • 20-04-19

Myths, laughs and a lot of learning

Great way to pass the time! Stephen Fry’s voice is amazing! I have no idea if the book is truly based on the original myths but it sure was fun to listen to it!

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 15-04-19

Once more Mister Fry delights

Just as with his book Mythos, Stephen Fry delights with his fantastic telling of the greek myths, and again while some of the versions told are not my favorit versions of them, No one tells the myths with quit the same wit or charm
And mister Fry are once again deligently pointing out some of the other versions of the myths so we may choose for ourselvs our prefered version