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Summary

Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Mythago Wood is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the 20th century.

Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable... and stronger than time itself.

Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity....

©1984 Robert Holdstock (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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ok

A reasonable fantasy. It drew on so many different legends and myths that at time it felt a little bit directionless.....and I'm still not sure I "get" the whole basis for the mythagos.
Not completely disappointed I used a credit on it, but I very much doubt I'd ever listen to it again. (whereas I revisit Sanderson / Rothfuss/ Abercrombie books happily)

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  • 26-07-15

Creative and refreshing.

What made the experience of listening to Mythago Wood the most enjoyable?

The fact that this is described as 'fantasy' gave me pre-conceptions about the plot which I am pleased to say were very happily challenged. An unexpectedly engaging book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mythago Wood?

The moment I realised I was listening to a book very different from, but not worse for being utterly different to, the one I was expecting.

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

As always, his different accents for the different characters makes the book stand out as a dramatic performance rather than just one that is read to you.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is intriguing, certainly.

Any additional comments?

It is a book that doesn't really sit very well under any 'genre'; it has elements of myth, fantasy, mystery among others, so buy it and listen with an open mind.

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Excellent book , read narration

I read this book years ago and loved it. The story is superb and the narration excellent.

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Brilliant story, expertly read.

Such a mysterious and beautifully told story, matched only by the skill and inventiveness of the reader. PLEASE audible commission the same team to do the sequel.

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Fantastic tale elevated by a fantastic reader

I have enjoyed Robert Holdstock's works in printed form but this inteligent and eerie book was raised to a new level by Rupert Degas' fantastic reading.
I hope we will hear his vocal talents on the prequel 'The bone forest' soon.

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When you go down to the woods...

I loved the book when I first read it many years ago. A new kind of fantasy with echoes of much older formd
This audio book does it full justice. Read it and recommend it. Would be good to have more from the series.

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good book

bit slow at first but improved.

rupert Degas is awesome narrator. one of my favs!

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great listen....

enchanting story with fantastic narration, if you like Neil Gaiman, John Connolly's book of lost things, you will like this tale of the woods

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Ok, but a little underwhelmed.

It was a very slow start but picked up later on. fantastic concepts but I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed.

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A Classic from the 80's

This was enjoyable, mainly because Rupert Degas elevates anything he narrates. One can sense that the themes and arcs in this story have been bettered and more refined by more recent authors in other similar styled novels. That said it is still enjoyable and at 10 hours long it trucks along at a nice pace.

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Great book, excellent performance!

Finally, Mythago Wood. Robert Holdstock’s classic tale presented as an audiobook with the wonderful Rupert Degas commissioned to do the narration. Let’s hope Orion/Audible will produce the remaining Mythago books as well!