The Myths

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 450 ratings

The Penelopiad Summary

For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay....

And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's 12 beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to?

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    • The Penelopiad

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.... And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he hangs Penelope's 12 maids.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting concept, not enough depth

    • By Miss Z Cook on 25-11-16

    Regular price: £11.99

    • Dream Angus

    • The Celtic God of Dreams
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    If he's in the right mood, divine Angus might grant you sight of your true love in a dream. You might even fall in love with him, but he'll never love you back. He's too busy making mischief, stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs, and so forth - until he is trapped by his own romantic games, falls for an unattainable woman and is doomed to seek her forever. In 20th-century Scotland, Angus's troubled alter ego searches for his true family and identity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I think Sandy took a wrong turn.

    • By Tasha Walsh on 25-12-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Weight

    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The Myth of Atlas and Heracles retold and performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck. Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him. Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unexpectedly personal ...

    • By M on 11-01-13

    Regular price: £11.99

    • The Helmet of Horror

    • The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
    • By: Victor Pelevin
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    When Ariadne helped Theseus escape the Minotaur’s labyrinth with the aid of a ball of thread, she led the way for the bewildered victims of a twenty-first century Minotaur. Trapped in an endless maze of Internet chat rooms, a group of mystified strangers find themselves assigned obscure aliases and commanded by the Helmet of Horror, the Minotaur himself.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 270
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the listener questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. Above all, this book is about how stories become stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a beautiful tale

    • By E. Marsh on 06-10-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • A Short History of Myth

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Human beings have always been myth makers. Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Ragnarok

    • The End of the Gods
    • By: A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful.

    • By M on 26-12-12

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