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Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

One of the Best-selling Mythology Books of All Time
Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (475 ratings)

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Summary

Having sold millions of copies in print, Bernard Evslin’s classic retelling of the Greek myths captures the excitement and enchantment of these stories that have influenced many of today’s popular films and novels. Easy to understand and fun to read for both adults and children, it is no wonder this book has been taught in schools all over the world. Evslin introduces listeners to the wondrous and terrifying world of superhuman beings, such as Medusa and the Minotaur, and the glory of gods like Zeus, Athena, and Poseidon - brought magically to life through heroes such as Perseus, Daedalus, Prometheus, and others.

©1966 Bernard Evslin (P)2014 Graymalkin Media

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Wonderfully narrated

Greek stories brought to life. The wonderful narration made it a pleasure to listen to.

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Thoroughly entertaining and informative

A perfect book to dip your toe into the ocean of Greek mythology. Very well delivered, Todd is a delight to listen to.

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TALES FROM MY YOUTH

The tales of good and evil still bring warmth to this now 37 year old boy cum author. i remember reading the tales of the gods and greek mythology as a young boy and i believe helped shape the imagination i have.

This book gives me a chill and a satisfying feeling that transends back to those days as my eyes would hungrily read every tale and fable. This book has given me great delight to read and listen to via audible and the narrator gives the listener the tools required to let their minds and imagination step into its world and experience the myths for themselves.

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Certainly the best of its kind I have seen

This audio book is well written, well delivered clear and succinct. It tells you all the stories you wanted to hear without any other fluff. It manages to deliver a lot of information in very little time with practically no decorative language, but it's so clearly written that this is not overwhelming. Highly recommended.

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Love it.

I really enjoyed the stories, I enjoyed them so much I listened to it again.

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Short but good. No foreknowledge required.

I don't know why but people often assume I'll know about Greek Gods and stuff but my knowledge was pretty minimal. I tried Robert Graves' book but that wasn't my cup of tea. This was a great book. I don't know about the chronology but the stories are told in such a way that you are normally introduced to characters before they appear in other stories which is good. The stories themselves are pretty uninteresting to start with, the Greek Gods are basically toddlers with superpowers doing random stuff on whims. Around hour 4 the stories shift to those of demi-gods and men which have much more plot depth and are much more interesting. I don't see the value in Greek myths though. Other than a generalised warning that women are petty, jealous, nasty, cruel and irrational (these stories aren't kind to women, especially mothers) there aren't really any morals or learnings to take away. I'm not sure why these tales are held in such reverance. The narration is great. Good voice for godding. There's no Hercules or Xena but I think most of the main stories get covered.

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GREAT STORIES

I loved it. The only thing that would have been better is a womans voice during the female parts. Otherwise perfick!

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Great book

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It brought me back to my child time, immersed myself in the fantasies of the gods, monsters and magic power.

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  • Jo
  • 14-01-20

A 'different' interpretation

Certainly a different interpretation of some of the myths and not really for the better. The 'sword in the stone' of Theseus made me laugh, and the tale of Medusa made her more to blame than the victim of the gods. Even with a classics degree I enjoy hearing the stories over and over but had to give up on this, was a little bit too left of centre for me.

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Very entertaining and suitable for the whole family

I was pleasantly surprised by this retelling of Greek myths. The quality of the writing was first class, neither childishly simple nor over-relishing the gorier aspects. There was plenty of humour both in the writing and in the narration of the tales. Though I was aware of bits and pieces of the myths before listening to this, I don’t think I knew the full story of any of them, and certainly had not picked up on all the family relationships between the various gods, heroes and monsters. As a sidelight I found I was learning more about some of the entities and places that had been mentioned in Urban Fantasy books. I might perhaps have preferred an English narrator because of the occasional American pronunciation that jarred, like saying “plated” for the word “plaited”. This is not a fault of this narrator as I’ve heard the same pronunciation by another American actor. It didn’t impact my enjoyment of the narration and I’m sure I’ll be listening to this book again, and to other books narrated by Todd Haberkorn.

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  • Electro freek
  • 30-06-17

Wonderful, Wonderful!

What more can be said of the wild tales and lessons of Greek mythology? Always exciting and these stories never grow old. Look to the sky to see Cassiopius and the sea for Aphrodite. A great book for family vacations or just summer amusement.

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  • Iona Sawyer
  • 20-12-14

Mystical Myths

I always have been so intrigued by Greek mythology and wanted to learn more about it. This audio is perfect anyone who is being introduced to the myths, or wanting to learn more. It really gives so much explanation of how the tree is structured. The narrator truly gave life to each word, each tale. This is a book that must be read and or listened to.

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  • Jerry
  • 19-03-15

Enjoyable

I don't know Greek Mythology and enjoyed listening to this book. Can't tell you if the stories are correct. the performance was very enjoyable.

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  • Veneratenature
  • 13-07-15

Enjoyable to listen to

Very well read, interesting, long and has good variety. A good amount of stories and most decent length.

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  • kenny acevedo
  • 24-03-15

I loved this audio book it got me into the Greek

very good audio well narrated and it leaves you wanting more at least for me

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  • Joel Traylor II
  • 09-03-19

Couldn't stop listening!!

Phenomenal stories, fantastic narration! Listened to it in 2 days, and I can't wait to do it again!

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  • juan orellana
  • 14-02-19

you won't find a better narrator,.

you won't find a better narrator, great story teller, loved that the writer is also a geek scholar, the closest you will get from the source.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-15

very entertaining!

I was very pleased with this audible book. the narrator did a wonderful job. I do wish that the story of Hercules was included. Other than that I was quite entertained throughout the entire book

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  • irunea
  • 24-06-14

Feels like a bedtime story

What did you love best about Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths?

Good overview. It was my first book on Greek Mythology and I felt like a child being read to.

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  • Benjamin
  • 20-07-15

Allegorical Gold

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely, this is one of my favorite, no-nonsense write ups about the original Greek Mythological Stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths?

The last 'About the Author' part, where he describes the constant inter family tension being the entire reason for the diverse tales.

Which character – as performed by Todd Haberkorn – was your favorite?

Hermes. No doubt.

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

Not really. It's better in chunks, while driving, or on lunch. There is no large portions of continuity between tales, but the stories themselves almost need to be listened in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely great performance, and great stories. Wish there were a thousand more of these.

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