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    • Mythos

    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,341
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10,382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,327

    The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stephen Fry does it again

    • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Heroes

    • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
    • By: Stephen Fry
    • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,359
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,073
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,063

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

    • By Simon on 02-11-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Meditations

    • By: Marcus Aurelius, George Long - translator, Duncan Steen - translator
    • Narrated by: Duncan Steen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 641
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 538
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 529

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Important text on self-reflection and improvement

    • By James Riley on 02-12-15

    Regular price: £18.29

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Line by Line Translation of Homer's Odyssey

    • By IM1 on 28-11-18

    Regular price: £41.29

    • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths

    • One of the Best-selling Mythology Books of All Time
    • By: Bernard Evslin
    • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Certainly the best of its kind I have seen

    • By F. Quinn on 15-04-15

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 341
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic. Literally

    • By Mr llewellyn on 23-09-15

    Regular price: £17.79

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Ian Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    Perhaps the greatest poem of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of 50 critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent, while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the best of the lot

    • By MR on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £27.49

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully translated & read; poor sound quality

    • By D on 26-07-16

    Regular price: £29.29

    • Histories

    • By: Herodotus
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    In this, the first prose history in European civilization, Herodotus describes the growth of the Persian Empire with force, authority, and style. Perhaps most famously, the book tells the heroic tale of the Greeks' resistance to the vast invading force assembled by Xerxes, king of Persia. Here are not only the great battles - Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis - but also penetrating human insight and a powerful sense of epic destiny at work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterpiece

    • By Toby on 06-01-17

    Regular price: £36.69

    • Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: David Horovitch
    • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    The Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C. - A.D. 17) has, over the centuries, been the most popular and influential work from our classical tradition. This extraordinary collection of some 250 Greek and Roman myths and folk tales has always been a popular favorite, and has decisively shaped western art and literature from the moment it was completed in A.D. 8. The stories are particularly vivid when read by David Horovitch, in this new lively verse translation by Ian Johnston.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not at all what I was expecting.

    • By Tifrap on 30-04-17

    Regular price: £33.89

    • Plato's Republic

    • By: The Great Courses, David Roochnik
    • Narrated by: Professor David Roochnik Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    More than 2,000 years later, Plato's Republic remains astonishingly relevant to our everyday lives. It poses one question after another that might well have been drawn from the headlines and debates of our nation's recent history: What sort of person should rule the state? Are all citizens equal before the law? Should everyone have equal access to health care? Plato's greater inquiry, however, was into the question of defining justice itself and the reasons why a person would choose a life aligned with that virtue.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heartily recommended if you are new to Plato

    • By Mr. P. A. Gower on 02-01-14

    Regular price: £32.79

    • Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of them All

    • By: Tony Robinson
    • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    The most powerful men in the world were all together in a circle in the middle of the room. Drawing their daggers, they cut their right hands and, above the pile of gold, swore Odysseus’ vow: Helen could marry whom she liked, and the Princes would defend them both.… Everyone’s heard of the wooden horse of Troy, and of the beauty of Helen. Well this is the story as Odysseus saw it, from his boyhood in Ithaca to his participation in the bloody Trojan war itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic introduction to Greek Mythology

    • By V. Clouston on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £6.79

    • Plato's Republic

    • By: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

    Regular price: £22.89

    • The Iliad

    • The Fitzgerald Translation
    • By: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald - translator
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Anger be now your song, immortal one, Akhilleus' anger, doomed and ruinous, that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss and crowded brave souls into the undergloom, leaving so many dead men-carrion for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done. (Lines 1-6)

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Will on 08-01-17

    Regular price: £29.29

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Alexander Pope - translator
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader, Agamemnon.

    Regular price: £36.69

    • Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

    • By: The Great Courses, Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, and others
    • Narrated by: Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, and others
    • Length: 43 hrs and 41 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty? This 84-lecture, 12-professor tour of Western philosophical tradition covers more than 60 of history's greatest minds and brings you a comprehensive survey of the history of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the present.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good

    • By Chris on 01-05-17

    Regular price: £56.29

    • Classical Mythology

    • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 111

    These 24 lectures are a vibrant introduction to the primary characters and most important stories of classical Greek and Roman mythology. Among those you'll investigate are the accounts of the creation of the world in Hesiod's Theogony and Ovid's Metamorphoses; the gods Zeus, Apollo, Demeter, Persephone, Hermes, Dionysos, and Aphrodite; the Greek heroes, Theseus and Heracles (Hercules in the Roman version); and the most famous of all classical myths, the Trojan War.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really interesting listen

    • By Nick on 03-02-17

    Regular price: £32.79

    • The Aeneid

    • By: Virgil
    • Narrated by: David Collins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    The masterpiece of Rome's greatest poet, Virgil's Aeneid has inspired generations of readers and holds a central place in Western literature. The epic tells the story of a group of refugees from the ruined city of Troy, whose attempts to reach a promised land in the West are continually frustrated by the hostile goddess Juno. Finally reaching Italy, their leader, Aeneas, is forced to fight a bitter war against the natives to establish the foundations from which Rome is destined to rise.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Stunning Story

    • By M. R. Beaumont on 03-01-19

    Regular price: £29.59

    • Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle

    • By: Robert C. Bartlett, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert C. Bartlett
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound and "eternal" questions. It is easy to forget, however, that these questions about fundamental issues like justice, injustice, virtue, vice, or happiness were not always eternal. They once had to be asked for the first time.This was a step that could place the inquirer beyond the boundaries of the law. And the Athenian citizen and philosopher who took that courageous step in the 5th century B.C. was Socrates.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I wanted to hear their philosophy

    • By Steve on 22-09-16

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Herodotus: The Father of History

    • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Witness the "works and wonders" of the ancient world through the eyes of its first great historian in this sparkling series of 24 lectures from a much-honored teacher and classical scholar.Herodotus (c. 484-420 B.C.E.) was a Greek who was born in what is now the modern Turkish resort town of Bodrum and who died, so tradition says, in the south of Italy. In between, his tirelessly inquiring mind took him from one corner of the known world to another.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you love Herodotus, listen to this!

    • By Michael on 08-10-16

    Regular price: £32.79

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