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Heroes

Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Written by: Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hrs
Categories: Classics, Greek & Roman
4.7 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Enter the monstrous and magical world of Stephen Fry's Sunday Times best seller Heroes, brought to you by Penguin.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Specsavers audiobook award.

Imagine sandals on your feet, a sword in your hand and the hot sun beating down on your helmet.

Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece.

Marvel as Atalanta - a woman raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples.

Discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best....

Read by Stephen Fry himself, Heroes harnesses the magic of ancient legends in an entertaining and modern retelling in Fry's iconic and captivating narration.

©2018 Stephen Fry (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best...the gods will be pleased." (Times

"An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit." (Evening Standard

"Assured and engaging. The pace is lively, the jokes are genuinely funny." (Guardian)

What listeners say about Heroes

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Better than Mythos!

I loved this book! Stephen Fry has done an amazing job, not just with the writing, but with the narration as well! He is such a great storyteller. Another thing that I found enjoyable in this book is how Stephen Fry spiced the book with so many small facts and tit bits of information about these stories. I kept looking at the world map, whenever he mentioned seas and cities that I hadn't heard of before. I have to say, this book has improved my geography as well. Now I know why the agean sea is called the agean, why the Atlas mountains are called that and much more... An extremely enjoyable listen. I can't wait to get my hands on the third book!

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Most excellent audiobook experience

Stephen Fry’s Mythos and Heroes are a milestone in audiobook performance. Excellent writing and narration.

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Simply Heroic!

Lord Stephen Fry has indeed done a heroic task of bringing together all the legends of Greek heroes. The names often confuse you but the storyline, that which you have heard while growing up, keeps you bound to the book. And for an audiobook, Lord Stephen's narration is simply masterful. At times, when you are losing the story, his dramatic narration does the magic.

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awesome second book after mythos

loved the witty narration and the stories of the Greek heroes many of whom I haven't heard of before now . I enjoyed it

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Amazing Stories and a fantastic narration!

One of the finest written story and fantastically narrated. I am not a regular reader or listener. Just tried it at starting and kept on listening till end. Very persuasive narration. Looking for more by Stephen Fry.... Became a fan!!! Keep it on + add more stories like this.... Lotz of love.....

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It's as good as you expect

Stephen Fry reading exploits from the Age of Heroes. If Hesiod himself heard this, he'd probably be less of a cantankerous old crackpot.

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Spectacular retelling

loved it (and the "prequel" that is Mythos. can't wait for the sequel that retells the Trojan War

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Absolutely amazing

Loved the details of all the heros and their labours ! Brilliant narration by Stephen Fry!

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Nice Book by Great story teller

Stephan Fry did it again. he is a great story teller and I am eagerly waiting for third part of mythos😊

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Great book bythe great author and skilled narrator

Mythos and ancient Greek stories have never been so charmingly British and hitting so close to home

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  • Silvia
  • 03-11-18

Wonderful

Truly enjoyable, both the story and the narration are perfect. This book goes deeper and more detailed into ancient Greek stories than any other book I've ever read. Surely recommend to anyone interested in Greek mythology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-19

Pure magic. Stephen Fry is transcendent.

Both the story and narrative are excellent! It was a very special experience to revisit the ancient Greek universe. I wish Stephen Fry could have been my history teacher. And English teacher. And art teacher. And... well, you get the idea

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  • Yulia Nikolaeva
  • 29-12-18

An engaging continuation of Mythos

This book's subject is lives and deeds of Greek heroes. The narration is (as always) brilliant and the plot most engaging. Recommended to anyone struggling with original Greek sources on heroes but interested in Greek hero myths. The stories are spiced with humor and drama, but remain faithful to the original. Fry sometimes offers insight on how different types of heroes reflected changes in Greek society over time.

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  • Minol De Silva
  • 09-03-19

Loved it!!!

Found it fascinating to listen, put a slot of colour to the stories I have read and heard on Greek myths.

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  • DFK
  • 03-09-20

Stephen Fry is a treasure

I actually am not a big fan of Greek mythology, so the only reason the “Story” gets 5 stars is because these stories are told so well and this is a wonderful way to become a bit less ignorant of these stories that any educated person needs to know (not necessarily for themselves but because of how they impacted our language, literature, such as Shakespeare, art, music, and more). So a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but in this case it is much more than a spoonful. Stephen Fry is magical. I’m sure the books are fun to read, but in this case listening to Stephen Fry read them is tenfold more fun than it would be reading them to myself. I enjoyed him reading the first book in the trilogy (yes, I’m looking forward to “Troy”), but the stories themselves became too formulaic. These are also, to some extent - the hero outsmarting or overpowering the villainous creature. But I found that I was much more interested in hearing the adventures. Nevertheless, I’d say that even though you don’t have to hear Mythos first, do so, Then Heroes will be total joy.

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  • Kurtis Richards
  • 03-09-20

Delightful dive into Divinity and their offspring

Another masterpiece from Mr Fry. Despite the Manyopolese of similar names woven into the fabric of Greek history, Mr Fry eloquently elaborates on the trials and tribulations of Heroes of Legend, and expands our understanding of the human condition in the process. Modestly presented & given credit where it's due. This well constructed tapestry of Legends pays great homage to the great playwrights and authors which came before it and belongs along side them as a work of art and an aural pleasure. I am sure that I will listen to this time & time again and I cant wait for the third installation in this series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-07-20

very enjoyable. can't wait for next one

very enjoyable, easy to listen to. excellent narration as always. will surely listen to it again some day

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-20

Fabulous

Every chapter crafted with meticulous detail and every scene described so beautifully. Stephen fry is the real hero.

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  • Rowan Elsey
  • 19-06-20

simply a pleasure to listen to

If only Stephen Fry was my history teacher. This is a gem. If you enjoyed Mythos, you will love Heroes!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

A true Orator

Listening to Stephen Fry and Greek myths? Nothing other than truly brilliant and amazing experience! Not only does he take scattered myths and retell them beautiful he also weaves them together to create a powerful and intriguing narrative. I've listened to this book and his previous one repeatedly and honestly I want more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-19

Great Book, Shame about the poor navigation

Mythos was my first audiobook and was in many ways the perfect place to start. Heroes was my second audiobook and for some reason the creators didn't see fit to carry over the use of chapter titles or book sections which were so helpful in the first book. I don't really understand it as it can't possibly require that much more work just to denote each chapter with a title rather than a number. It, unfortunately, discourages relistening to the book and is in many ways more necessary in this second book as the stories unfold separately following different heroes and is less chronological than Mythos. My hope is that this will somehow at some point be fixed and that they return to chapter names for the third book. If all you care about it the story then, by all means, go ahead and buy this audiobook, i just felt i would voice my opinion on this small point of criticism.

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  • Simon
  • 02-11-18

Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

This is an audiobook that I simply can't recommend enough. One of British entertainment's legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style. It's a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion's share being taken by these grand old tales themselves. They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never feels like anything other than being told an engaging story. Of course being Stephen we also get charming nuggets of etymology thrown into the mix as well. Using a fairly informal, almost irreverent approach, for example he pronounces the names of people and places as comes most easily to him, Fry brings these stories to life like few others ever could. The Gods, heroes and of course villains are given an often-missed humanity and character that is both charming and humorous. In fairness, although clearly a lot of personal research went into these re-tellings it's neither a comprehensive collection, more of a Greatest Hits if you will, nor is it a hugely scholarly work. However, if like me you mainly have a passing knowledge of the Greek Myths or you want to dip your toe into them for the first time this is a fabulous place to start. My favourite has always been Jason and his Argonauts ever since watching Don Chaffey's 1963 film as a boy. Even with this one though, the one that I'm most familiar with I learned more about the back story and how the plot developed and has been toyed with than I ever have before. Then, right at the end Stephen describes "Mythos" as a trilogy which I wasn't aware of so hopefully to match his shows there will be one more of these which will cover the Trojan war and its aftermath. I can't wait! So, if you want to spend some time listening to a modern legend breathing life into ancient myths, this is very much the right series!

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  • Somebody
  • 03-11-18

WOW!! Totally worth it

Amazing book with fantastic stories and my I say Mr Fry, what a story teller he is perfect in everything and I definitely suggest mythos

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  • David Smith
  • 01-05-19

Rather disappointing

I love the stories from Greek mythology but I can’t help but feel underwhelmed with this one. I agree with others that are unhappy with the accents chosen for a lot of the characters. Also, I just couldn’t loose myself in some of the stories like I usually do... and the omission of the Trojan war was annoying - I can only hope this huge tale has been left so we can do a whole book on it!

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  • Wil
  • 15-04-19

Avoid audiobook - buy book

Stephen Fry makes Perseus sound like the village idiot...His story telling is first class, his accents ruined it for me.

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  • Calum
  • 29-11-18

Pantomime accents nearly ruined Heroes - FryFan

I love Stephen Fry and I loved Mythos. However the accents for the characters in Heroes are so off putting. The young Perseus sounds like a cast member from Last of the Summer Wine. Then the Irish and the Welsh etc etc. Really made it hard for me to finish this one. The stories are all great and it truly feels like a sequel to Mythos. I just should've read it. I'm just a 26 year old who likes a good bedtime story.

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  • Andrea
  • 21-11-18

Absolutely fantastic!

Stephen Fry, one more time brilliantly excites all the senses. Amizingly written and performed. So inspiring for an artist!

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  • Simon Boon
  • 12-09-19

Not a patch on Mythos

The bizarre decision to put such awful accents to the characters made this audio book almost unlistenable. I have enjoyed all of Mr Fry’s audio books save for this one.

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  • nathan
  • 19-03-19

great listen though overacting at points

enjoyable and very entertaining take on the Classic greek myths, though some of the accents are a bit much (Greeks are Welsh, Irish and Scottish? I am greatful to know Perseus is from Yorkshire!) recommended regardless!

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  • Siobhan
  • 11-11-18

Fantastic Fry, as always

Well written and beautifully narrated. I could have listened to the whole thing straight through

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-18

amazing from start to end!

absolute pleasure listening to this book. As always Stephen Fry delivered another great book. looking forward to the Trojan war.

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  • Jack
  • 25-12-18

I wish I could give it 6 stars

Wonderful whimsical story telling by Stephen Fry at his best. I enjoyed it even more than Mythos and I cant wait to read the third installment.

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  • David
  • 12-12-18

brilliant stories and narration!

i dont know how many times Fry made me laugh out loud as i sat in a train or walked along the road. the accents...Welsh, Scots, yorkshire to name a few...were brilliant. cant wait for the next book on the Trojans.

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  • ellie picone
  • 10-12-18

Great bedtime story telling

Loved the flow and rhythm and content and Stephen’s reading of it Loved the asides and connections to the present day Loved the explanations of relationship and anachronisms Loved it all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-18

Only multiple listening will do this justice

Steven fry could adapt a take-away menu to a novel and I would listen to it on repeat.

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  • Reviewer
  • 23-11-18

Perfect gift and a delight to listen to

Worth every second. Beautifully read. Wonderful retelling of heroic myths. Can’t wait for the next book in Stephen Fry’s series...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-12-18

always a pleasure

I adore this series, and it's always a pleasure when I can tune out the word and enjoy this fabulous book.

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  • Leazette
  • 10-12-18

awesome. it has been a pleasure to listen to this

awesome. it has been a pleasure to listen to this book and I hope there are more

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-18

Glorious anthology, crisp, colourful and tragic

a beautiful anthology that can only serve to inspire yet more amazing heroes to come

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-19

Amazing!

Perfect book for anyone who loves Greek mythology and hero’s! Only wished there was more!

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