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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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  • K
  • 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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good book

bit slow at first but improved.

rupert Degas is awesome narrator. one of my favs!

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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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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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The Comparative History of Yogi Bear

Acclaimed mythopoetic fantasy novel that reads as if Alan Garner had written a blend of Mircea Eliade and Solaris. The first half of the novel in particular draws from older folk traditions, and is possessed of an eerie weirdness most evocative of Garner (as opposed to, say, the satisfyingly pretty and very modern qualities of kindred spirit, Neil Gaiman). The book resolves into a more straight-ahead hero-quest that left me slightly disappointed. Still, it is the journey not the destination that matters here. Plus, Rupert Degas' narration is beautifully judged, making this very easy on the ear.

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Love Degas, Like the book

Let me just say from the off set that I did enjoy this book and you should definitely give it a go.
However, I couldn't help but feel if it wasn't for Degas would I have enjoyed as much?
Rupert Degas is one of the best and i always enjoy listening to him, even though I had to keep reminding myself I'm not at the university with Kvothe, or at the inn with 'Reshi.'

Mythago Wood had loads of potential. So many cool ideas but as a whole it never really hit the mark. The first three quarters of the book i was in to it. Then something happened and I found myself losing interest. The story seemed to of lost its way, along with my attention and felt as if it never really went anywhere. slightly disappointing, but I still enjoyed it over all.

No regrets

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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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Fantastic

I loved it. Although I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, this audio version is incredibly well read. The narrator immerses the listener in a world you dont want to came out of.

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  • Atalpu
  • 21-08-18

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!