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Mythos

Written by: Stephen Fry
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Mythos, written and read by Stephen Fry. 

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. 

Spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance. 

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

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Fantastic

Great stories. Fantastic narration. What more can you ask for. Although stories can get a bit confusing sometimes but they are majestic so a mere mortal can be expected to be confused.

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The muses would be proud!

this was my first audiobook and I loved it! Stephen Fry's language is amazing and so is his narration. The myths are described in vivid detail. I had to look up many of the places and people described here. there were many 'aha!' moments while listening to this book, especially when he talks about the origins of words that we use regularly such as the word "petrified". I'm really looking forward to listening to heroes

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Stephen Fry's voice is made for narration!

A rich tapestry of wonderfully weird, terribly tragic tales and clever insight into the etymology of words that found their way into our language and science and culture itself - Mythos is a retelling of stories heard and unheard, of Gods created in the image of humans - gloriously flawed - proud, conceited, vain, humorous, vengeful and wickedly generous

Stephen Fry uses his trademark wit and dry humour to adorn his rich narration - beautifully nuanced, magnificently modulated and wonderfully varied. You find yourself rolling your eyes at the insatiable lust of Zeus, groaning at the almost always misplaced anger of Hera, chuckling at the guile of Hermes, raising a brow at the completely lack of modesty of Apollo. You tsk at the folly of Midas’s thoughtless greed and sigh at Eos’s naive seeking...Listening to this book perhaps elevates a nearly 5 star rating to an irrefutably perfect score on review

What an absolute delight, this one. Stephen Fry’s voice I have to agree with a fellow reviewer - is made for narration. If only he does pick up the Iliad for a retelling..

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Masterful reading by the master himself

Stephen Fry is an amazing storyteller who keeps you spellbound by his narration and deep understanding of the subject

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Loved it !

The story is captivating from the start and Stephen Fry's excellent narration made it worthwhile!

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Transportive, informative and most of all profound

Thoroughly enjoyed mythos and Stephen Fry's narration. Extremely well paced and the chapters are small enough that you stay engaged throughout!

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Simply Superb!

Stephen Fry must be made to read every goddamn book if we are to save what's left of the arts! He's Apollonian, Dionysian and a true follower of Athena! A must listen, just to understand that words can be magic when put in the right sequence, with a divine madness to lace it.

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A magical journey

enchanting, you feel spellbound, great narration, so beautiful description that you feel the characters in front of you.

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excellent narration

I've always been so curious about Greek mythology and what can be more awesome than Stephen Fry narrating it to you? I loved listening this. thank you Mr Fry.

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Entertaining

Worth every minute spent listening to it. He not only brings the myth to life, but traces the origins of a lot of our geography and vocabulary back to these stories leading to some "Aah, so that's the legend behind it, is it! " moments. Thoroughly entertaining!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Riya Banerjee
  • 17-05-18

Didn't want it to end

This was my first audiobook ever and I'm so glad I started with this one. It wasn't too heavy (as long as you don't try to remember all the names introduced) and each story was as interesting as the last. Stephen Fry's voice variations during dialogues often made me smile while riding the public trains of Tokyo. I definitely recommend this to those who are curious about Greek mythology.

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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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  • Diego Ferrer
  • 02-02-18

Nice selection of myths, perfect narration

What did you love best about Mythos?

Honestly, I bought this book because I really enjoy anything read by Stephen Fry. For me, he sets the standard of excellence of how a book should be read and voices should be played. I will buy almost anything read by him and listen to it several times (specially the Harry Potter series).

Also, I like greek myths a lot and was curious to know which myths Stephen had chosen and how would he write about them or interpret them. I really liked how he started from the beginning according to greek myth and then chooses some interesting stories along the way, always keeping it light and fun. This is the perfect book for someone that likes mythology or is curious about it mainly for entertainment and a little bit of learning about the impact of those myths in today's vocabulary or expressions.

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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
  • 14-07-19

Stephen Fry an excellent storyteller

I vaguely familiar with the myths and legend of Greek mythology but Stephen Fry really brings them to life. I think reading this might have been a little more difficult than listening, as Fry creates an amazing performance.

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  • Riaan Mostert
  • 09-07-19

Exquisitely done by Stephen Fry - as always

A remarkable performance by Stephen Fry - as can be expected. Great narration and selection of myths.

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  • L. Turner
  • 14-11-17

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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  • Lily
  • 08-11-17

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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  • Mr Vaughan James
  • 10-11-17

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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  • helen
  • 11-01-18

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Derek
  • 24-11-17

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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  • Chris Welch
  • 12-04-18

A must have edition to your collection

Everything about this book is wonderful. The fact that it is just the stories appeals greatly. You are not bogged down with the interesting but unnecessary, and are therefore free to relax and enjoy Stephen's excellent ability to whisk you off to ancient times whilst gently educating you on matters Greek. By the time the book is over you are skilled in the knowledge of the Greek gods enough to pass on the knowledge to any who may be interested, and some who may not. But skilled you are, nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-17

Great

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

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  • J. Reed
  • 15-11-17

Classic action.

Mr Fry delivers an excellent account of Greek Mythology. Classic story’s told in typical charming Fry fashion finding fiendishly fantastic forms for alliteration.
I look forward to him maybe doing a follow up for the age of hero’s.

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  • D Coleman
  • 06-11-17

QI version of the classics

this is really how the classics should be told today!

this is not as good as Gaiman's re-telling of the Norse myths but its still a great listen.

it gets better the further in you go, his writing to begin with is a bit to many listing of names but as you get into the tales and deeds its much richer.

as mentioned it the title, is very much a QI version of re-telling, a few facts, a few jokes, a few pop culture references all read in Stephens harry potter style.

a good book, perhaps not as great as it could be but a sterling listen all the same.

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  • William
  • 19-11-17

Enjoyable

Not quite what I was expecting but I think I might be too used to the later of the myths Jason and the argonauts, Troy, Theseus etc. This telling of the earlier myths was very good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-17

Superb!

I am a big fan of the Greek myths and have read many variations of them from historians and archeologists to well known fiction writers, and I have to say that Stephen Fry has brought these myths to life in the most entertaining way possible. He breaths new life into them, much like Zeus himself. And, as anyone who has heard him narrate before knows, he is an excellent narrator. If you have never read the Greek myths before or have read them a hundred times over you will enjoy this reimagining of these classic tales.

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  • Dimez
  • 13-12-17

very good

I loved the story it was very detailed and you could visualize everything that was taking place

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  • James
  • 05-02-18

Awesome

Great random choice and have been recommending it to friends and family. Very entertaining narration, well researched and never becomes tiresome. Definitely buy this

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  • Bennett Gardiner
  • 17-12-17

The worst part of "Mythos"

was that it wasn't long enough! An amazing trek through the origins of the universe, the rise and reign of the Titans, their fall and the ascension of and Olympians, the creation of man and the interactions of humans and gods. Some familiar stories and some "deep cuts" that I hadn't heard of before.

I would love to hear another volume on the age of heroes; Perseus, Theseus, Jason, Heracles and Bellerophon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-17

Brilliant!

Almost Imposible to stop listening! Stephen Fry narrating his own work adds a special little flare to this enchanting retelling of Greek myth.

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  • Graham Buckton
  • 27-11-17

Stephen as always gives a great performance

full of fun and history information Stephan makes ladies voices like pantamine dames
Not quite a page turner but good all the same

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  • Tim
  • 20-11-17

Classic myths charmingly retold

Warm retelling of myths, conveniently arranged with comments on their influence on the English language.

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  • Stefan Bramble
  • 26-11-17

Steven fry is the best man ever

Buy this book. It is smart, fun, educational and above all weird.

I love this book and this man.

Bam

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  • luke
  • 08-11-17

Enlightening, Captivating, Mystifying

My favourite audio book by far! Stephen takes us through the world of Ancient Greek mythology as if he were Homer himself. An absolute must for listeners of any kind. Thanks guys and I hope there is a second volume I can pre order!

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  • jordan
  • 05-12-17

Great Listen

Brilliantly creative way to bring to life Greek Mythology. Stephen Fry was outstanding in both his writing and his telling.

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