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Mythos

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Series: The Mythos Volumes, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
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From beloved author and commentator Stephen Fry comes a deep and riveting exploration of some of the greatest myths ever told. In Mythos, Fry recounts some of the most compelling stories in mythology — from classic favourites to lesser known myths they definitely didn’t cover in your childhood classroom. 

It’s no secret that Stephen Fry is a masterful storyteller: he’s one of the most well-known and beloved writers, actors, comedians and presenters of our time. He takes the performance skills he honed on programs like Fry and Laurie and the authorial chops he mastered writing gems including The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar to craft this educational, entertaining and electrifying work that makes ancient tales more relevant and exciting than ever. 

Summary

Step into another world - of magic, mayhem, monsters and maniacal gods - in Stephen Fry’s momentous Sunday Times best-seller Mythos, brought to you by Penguin.

Lose yourself in the wonder of Greek myths in Stephen Fry's vivid retelling of the ancient classics.

Marvel in awe at the wise Athena as she is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus.

Shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments.

Listen with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

Read by Stephen Fry himself, Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance - in Fry’s tantalising and magical narration.

©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Fry’s distinctive voice undoubtedly adds something lively, humorous and intimate to myth’s psychological dimension." (Guardian)

"Wit and erudition are impressively evident in Stephen Fry's idiosyncratic retelling of the myths of the Greek gods.... He adds fascinating philological glosses and cultural references." (The Times)

"Fry exhibits prodigious learning, a great facility with words, and enormous erudition and enthusiasm." (Mail on Sunday)

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Boring version of the Greek myths

I normally love Greek myths. but this is lists of names with little story. Rarely give up, but have with this.

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interesting but difficult to follow

I found the character names really difficult to recall & hard to follow. the stories themeselves were good and I liked the connections drawn to modern day. Stephen fry narritates well but couldn't score higher as was and effort to finish.

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Stephen Fry does it again

I love Stephen Fry as an audiobook narrator, and I feel he's at his best when narrating his own writing. I'm also a fan of Greek mythology in general, so this combination seemed too good to be true.

This book is a marvellous combination of in-depth detail and funny, at times almost irreverent tone. From the beginning of the universe from Chaos, on through the rise of the Titans, then the Greek pantheon, to mankind's beginnings and ongoing adventures, the Greek tales are lovingly recreated by this master wordsmith.

I feel that this will be one with endless re-listening value, as I've already forgotten some of the names and details of the endless naiads, oceanids and so on (but I'd like to remember them). Definitely worth a buy, you won't regret it.

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MYTHOS - A gift of a book from The Gods

This book is bar far one of the best reads of this genre I've had the pleasure to lend my ears to or cast my eyes upon.

Stephen Fry is one of the top Three of my favourite authors and this book has shifted him to number Two. An awesome, spellbinding, captivating book that draws you in and has you laugh, cry (in a manner of speaking) and certainly left me in awe and wonder about the Mythology as it is a subject I know and understand very little about. I bought the book because Stephen Fry is the author and nothing more but now, I've a whole new interest to discover and learn about. If Stephen reads these reviews at all, I cannot thank him enough for the wonderful NEW JOURNEY I'm about to embark on.

In short - an awesome MUST READ Book!!!

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I need more!

Thoroughly enjoyed this witty and engaging narrative. I will admit a feeling of massive disappointment though, when the stories just ended at Midas and I discovered that there was no mention of well known tales such as those of Hercules, Icarus, Oedipus, Electra, or the War of Troy. Stephen mentions that if he had covered these stories too the book would've been too long; well I'm hoping he'll read this and see me imploring him now to pleeeease write a part 2 and include the rest! His written style is so lovely to follow, I'm bitterly sad he's not retelling me the whole lot. I've tried reading books of Greek Mythology before, and so often find them dry and hard to follow. This book flowed beautifully. I'm sad it ended. Please write another one Stephen!!! *weeps melodramatically and sacrifices a cow for the muse of writers*

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Boring

Really not for me, I wasn't able to find anything interesting in it. It's just a shallow somehow sarcastic and wannabe funny view of greek mythology from the author. Good to fell asleep. Sorry.

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Very Entertaining.

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Stephen Fry delivers a masterful narration of stories which everyone should know and love. So much wisdom that is as relevant now as it was then.

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Brilliant - why is Stephen Fry so talented?!

Where does Mythos rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Excellent retelling of Greek myths. Funny and entertaining

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

His humour and diction kept me engaged. I couldn't wait to hear more.

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

No - I listened on my commute.

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It doesn't seem fair for one man to be so darned clever. I know he has his demons but Stephen Fry is so talented and this showcases his brilliance.

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Just not that in to it.

Whilst the narration was excellent and it was obvious that Fry delights in the subject, I am afraid to say I found it a little "boring".

Not sure whether it was the multitude of names or the various chopping and changing storylines, I just couldn't get into the book. I found myself drifting when listening to the stories an frequently missed bits an had to re-listen.

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Great

Great collection of the Greek mythos, perfect balance between accuracy and relatability, not too dry at all!

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  • Barbara
  • 23-05-19

Absolutely delightful to listen to

Stephen Fry is truly a genius. Not only are the stories brilliantly and artfully written, but Stephen's narration of the stories is utterly sublime.

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  • Lars Andre Glendrange
  • 19-12-18

The book is charming, entertaining and a good read

Stephen Fry's peformance and reading of this book is charming in the way he portrays both the gods and the humans in these myths.

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  • Marc
  • 10-05-18

Modernized easy-listening version of old tales

Do not expect anything "new" about the well-known Greek myths that are retold here. But do expect them to get a slightly "updated" tone, modernized pace and some tongue-in-cheek side-comments by the story-teller (or "author" if you will).
Stephen Fry does a nice job on that. He is not the world's greatest dramatic writer, so some of the stories come with quite some lengths that make you wish for an editor to cut, cut, cut. But Stephen's enthusiasm well carries you through it. That is if you like his style ...

The book starts with the creation of "the world" (universe, actually) and ends with the story of Midas (the guy with the "Golden Touch"), so it is NOT a "complete" collection of all the myths and stories available in the vast pool of Greek mythology. It is a good enough excerpt, though, if you want to grasp the patterns and the overall "tone" of those stories (most of which can be found in other peoples' mythologies in respective form anyway).

What I liked about this approach is the complete neglection of any academic expectations. Stephen Fry makes it quite clear that you neither need any prerequisites to enjoy the book nor will you gain any "insight" into the stories' "meaning", be it literary or sociological or etymological. He does hint at some words or expression derived from character names mentioned in the stories, but does not go into any further depths. This gives the book a "light-hearted" touch and makes it easy to listen to while on the road or in bed or under the shower or ...

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  • RomulusRom
  • 04-06-19

Oh Mr. Fry, is there anything you can't do?

I'm not sure if there is anyone in the world that could bring these myths and legends to live in the same way as Stephen Fry did in his book Mythos. Such natural storytelling, such lovely little detours, sidenotes, and other embellishments. How can one not love this book? It's magical. Gorgeous. Wonderful. Magnificent.

In short: the absolute best way to enjoy these classic tales.

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  • Christopher McGrath
  • 17-05-18

Wonderful and Fun

Obviously the subject matter isn’t new, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable rendition of the myths of Ancient Greece. In a compelling-yet-playful way Fry tells not only the stories, but the context of these tales in modern life: the relationship between methane and the god of wine;, the origins of the bee’s sting.

It’s also quite digestible, but most of all fun.

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  • Daniel Banks
  • 05-08-19

Simply Superb

I had an absolute blast listening to this Stephen Fry performance. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and since it is not a novel and there is not a single story line or plot, I think that has a lot of merit. If you are into History, Mythology or just curious in general, you must pick this up.

The ancient Greek world is fascinating in itself and to put their beliefs into perspective, through their mythology, really helps understand better how they were and how much influence they have had throughout history.

Stephen Fry is just a delight to listen to, his way of putting a personality to each character is on point and really makes the whole ride that much enjoyable. I don't think the book would be the same without him. I'm already exploring more of his titles for my next credit!

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  • nelgut
  • 31-07-19

¡Brilliant!

Perfect book to listen. A very interesting and compelling re-telling of the Myths that still influence our daily lives. Mr. Fry, flawless as ever, brings these characters to life, in the most entertaining way, providing modern context for younger readers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

Starts out great but drags on

I struggle to finish this book since the last couple of hours are not very interesting at all.

The book starts out great and is a blast for the first 5-8 hours

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-19

Brilliantly read, could have been shorter!

Good book, brilliantly read by everyone’s favourite - Stephen Fry.

The start that outlines how the world, the Titans, and the olympians came to be is thoroughly enjoyable.

I personally got very bored toward the end though, where lesser, shorter stories were told about kings being tricked by gods - first few were ok, but on the 20th I was losing interest. I also found that certain other parts of Greek myth was missing (stories of the Titans were sparse). More a personal preference thing though!

Overall a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-18

Best book in my Audible collection by far.

The dialogues were vibrant and it never dragged on. Fry is a wonderful narrator and finally puts alot of these stories in chronological order which makes your imagination run wild. The dialogues the information the voices-everything is top notch.

i listened to this book over the span of 3 months on cars trains on the street and waiting for friends to show up. i found myself activelly anticipating my university commute to listen to it. It will be a valuable companion to anyone who wishes to spend his time enjoyably

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