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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.    

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. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx, and 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.

©2018 Stephen Fry (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Greek heroes deserve this book

Stephen fry really did a great job on this book despite the fact that to many he isn't an author as much an actor. Greek mythology with all the complicated relationships between God ,Demi God and mortals is explained in a meaningful and well researched way. Glad I read it.

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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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  • 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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  • Anubhuti
  • 07-02-19

Charming delight

This was a wonderful audiobook. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration by the brilliant Stephen Fry. I remember reading and making a class presentation about the Labours of Hercules when I was 12 and it was a lot of fun to be reminded of all the stories and legends I vaguely remembered.
It was equal parts humorous , informative and entertaining.
Next book: Mythos

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  • Zainab
  • 22-01-19

Compelling, captivating and highly intresting

I loved this book and Stephen Fry's story telling just captivates you, I didn't want to the book to finish!

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  • kevin
  • 21-01-19

Excellent

another amazing performance from Stephen fry. can't wait for his next one... narration excellent as usual

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  • melville
  • 15-01-19

Greek mythology at its best

What is there not to love?

1: Greek Mythology & 2: The melodic voice of Stephen Fry!

I listened to this, mainly during my daily commute, and actually found myself wishing for traffic so that I could listen to it a bit longer!

If you are a fan of Mythology, adventure or the incredible Mr Fry, then Heroes is an absolute must! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Keren
  • 14-01-19

Enjoyed so so much!!

I enjoy listening to anything Stephen Fry reads, so naturally I also enjoyed this book. Greek mythology has always been one of my favorites and Stephen just has a wonderful way of delivering it in this book. I deeply recommend listening. couldn't wait driving to listen more!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

Stephen Fry is as amazing as ever

Fry's expressive narration makes the myths come alive. The book is a great way to learn about some of the foundational stories of European culture, while having fun at the same time. I found myself smiling widely on multiple occasions as a result of Fry's humorous retelling of the stories.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-01-19

Fry is always a treat for the ears

I loved Mythos but found Heroes even more enjoyable. Fabulous escapism and a vindication of the perception of the Greek storytellers as the originators of the enthralling adventure yarn.

Looking forward to the next book on Troy and Odysseus/Ulysses already!

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  • Aramis Vera Vizcarra
  • 22-12-18

Greek Heroes like you never heard before

Readings from Stephen Fry are a treasure. Everything read by him is a delight for my ears.

I couldn't imagine that his previous work: Mythos, would continue with a book as good as that one. I have to say something tough (and i hope he doesnt read this reviews), but i have read Mythos, and it doesn´t have the same power as listening to it. It is just the way Mr. Fry speaks. It is sublime. I would buy this one (Heroes) in hardcover for my collection, but the audible version is the one i'll revisit time and again

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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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  • 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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  • James T
  • 11-11-18

Fantastic

I have loved everything steven fry does for audible! This was no exception, you can really lose yourself in the world of greek heroes.

Look forward to the next one. Highly reccomend!

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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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  • D. Jackson
  • 28-11-18

Wonderful with slightly dodgy accents

A wonderful book with a great narrator. Just a pity Stephen couldn't resist from some dodgy accents - Scots was never his strong point!

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  • Ben Foster
  • 09-11-18

Match made by Zeus

It's just so awesome to listen to stephen talk about greek heroes and gods, happily recommend this to history buffs, knowledge seekers and especially Stephen fans. I really hope he has plans for even more!

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  • 19-12-18

Brilliant story - awful accents!

Having enjoyed Mythos so much I was really looking forward to this second instalment of Greek legends. The stories are fabulously written - BUT, the accents of the different characters are so irritating it was an effort, bordering on Herculean at times, for me not to give up.
I'm really glad I persevered, though. As I said, the stories are magnificently written and the overall experience is ultimately worth the time!

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 02-12-18

Just as wonderfully written as Mythos x

This is a must READ if you can, in my opinion. Unfortunately I cant x I adore Stephen Fry, his writing, his wit, his voice etc. and I loved this book 100% x Sadly after the wonderfully hypnotic reading of the first part of this trilogy - Mythos - Heroes was for some reason interpreted with accents of the Brisith Isles?!? My body and soul relaxing to Stephens dulcet tones and my thoughts in the Greek Islands were all to often suddenly disturbed by the King Ian Paisley or a bad version of my Glaswegian Dad and it sat very uncomfortably with me. Why?!? Xx Even though, you still can not the fault the great writing of great stories and I look forward to Troy with great anticipation xxx

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  • Sam Jones
  • 29-11-18

Heroes is the only Greek heroes book you need

A brilliant follow up to the Stephen Fry Mythos book. A stand alone book as well as part of a series. Cannot wait till part three arrives!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-18

So good!!

It's so good!! my one criticism would be that he make some characters Scottish or British for no reason. but in saying that that's a personal thing it probably won't bother most.

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  • Rezensentenpaar
  • 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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