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From beloved author and commentator Stephen Fry comes a deep and riveting exploration of some of the greatest myths ever told. In Mythos, Fry recounts some of the most compelling stories in mythology — from classic favourites to lesser known myths they definitely didn’t cover in your childhood classroom. 

It’s no secret that Stephen Fry is a masterful storyteller: he’s one of the most well-known and beloved writers, actors, comedians and presenters of our time. He takes the performance skills he honed on programs like Fry and Laurie and the authorial chops he mastered writing gems including The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar to craft this educational, entertaining and electrifying work that makes ancient tales more relevant and exciting than ever. 

Publisher's Summary

Step into another world - of magic, mayhem, monsters and maniacal gods - in Stephen Fry’s momentous Sunday Times best-seller Mythos, brought to you by Penguin.

Lose yourself in the wonder of Greek myths in Stephen Fry's vivid retelling of the ancient classics.

Marvel in awe at the wise Athena as she is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus.

Shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments.

Listen with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

Read by Stephen Fry himself, Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance - in Fry’s tantalising and magical narration.

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

Critic Reviews

"Fry’s distinctive voice undoubtedly adds something lively, humorous and intimate to myth’s psychological dimension." (Guardian)

"Wit and erudition are impressively evident in Stephen Fry's idiosyncratic retelling of the myths of the Greek gods.... He adds fascinating philological glosses and cultural references." (The Times)

"Fry exhibits prodigious learning, a great facility with words, and enormous erudition and enthusiasm." (Mail on Sunday)

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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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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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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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Myth Retold

Book is a nice collection of Greek myths which gives a description of myths rather than going into meaning of the myth ... Stephen Fry has narrated the audiobook exceptionally well . Sure to go through other audiobook narrated by him

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Ambrosia

This is quite possibly a reflection on the entire trilogy - Mythos, Heroes, and Troy - and not necessarily peculiar to this book alone.

To be able to stitch a coherent, chronological, and captivating narrative of the Greek myths is indeed - excuse the cliche, albeit connected - a Herculean task. Not only has Stephen Fry achieved this successfully, but has done so with capacious context and coverage. The trilogy weaves a rich and vibrant tapestry by highlighting just the right strands and embossing all the right portions. There is of course the added bonus that comes with this polymath, in the form of juicy contextual tidbits and trivia. For those who love listening to his voice and narrative skills, the audiobooks are available too - just to complete the experience. Ambrosia.

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  • DA
  • 19-12-20

A great primer for Greek mythology.

Fry's narration is engaging. From time to time he maps the myths to modern day world and that keeps the reader hooked. His superb usage of English adjectives, verbs and adverbs in describing the characters, places and events is superb. Strongly recommended read for those interested in myths of world

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Where would the world be without Stephen Fry?

Loved it. I had dryness of eyes and had to constantly put eyedrops and keep my eyes closed. This book gave me excellent company.

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  • 09-02-21

loved it !!!

an enjoyable listen made even more delightful by the voice and stylings of Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry is amazing!

The booming voice of Stephen Fry keeps you perked up, as he navigates through the stories effortlessly. He modulates his voice to create different characters and keeps you hooked! I'm not sure if I would have had the patience to read this book, but I sure enjoyed every minute of the Audible experience! My bet is on Mr. Fry! ❤️

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Beautiful!

Greek myths are amazing themselves, what makes this book even better is the narration. Stephen Fry breathed life in the already lively world of greek culture.

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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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  • 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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  • RomulusRom
  • 04-06-19

Oh Mr. Fry, is there anything you can't do?

I'm not sure if there is anyone in the world that could bring these myths and legends to live in the same way as Stephen Fry did in his book Mythos. Such natural storytelling, such lovely little detours, sidenotes, and other embellishments. How can one not love this book? It's magical. Gorgeous. Wonderful. Magnificent.

In short: the absolute best way to enjoy these classic tales.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 02-04-19

Starts out great but drags on

I struggle to finish this book since the last couple of hours are not very interesting at all.

The book starts out great and is a blast for the first 5-8 hours

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-19

Brilliantly read, could have been shorter!

Good book, brilliantly read by everyone’s favourite - Stephen Fry.

The start that outlines how the world, the Titans, and the olympians came to be is thoroughly enjoyable.

I personally got very bored toward the end though, where lesser, shorter stories were told about kings being tricked by gods - first few were ok, but on the 20th I was losing interest. I also found that certain other parts of Greek myth was missing (stories of the Titans were sparse). More a personal preference thing though!

Overall a great listen.

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  • eldemosthenous
  • 15-12-18

Great book

Highly entertaining and informative book, excellent reader and author, a must read in my opinion

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  • IoBB
  • 22-08-19

Boring version of the Greek myths

I normally love Greek myths. but this is lists of names with little story. Rarely give up, but have with this.

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  • Christian A.
  • 21-11-19

Boring

Really not for me, I wasn't able to find anything interesting in it. It's just a shallow somehow sarcastic and wannabe funny view of greek mythology from the author. Good to fell asleep. Sorry.

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  • Colin S Denby
  • 23-06-18

interesting but difficult to follow

I found the character names really difficult to recall & hard to follow. the stories themeselves were good and I liked the connections drawn to modern day. Stephen fry narritates well but couldn't score higher as was and effort to finish.

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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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  • Hangeron
  • 13-08-19

Just not that in to it.

Whilst the narration was excellent and it was obvious that Fry delights in the subject, I am afraid to say I found it a little "boring".

Not sure whether it was the multitude of names or the various chopping and changing storylines, I just couldn't get into the book. I found myself drifting when listening to the stories an frequently missed bits an had to re-listen.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hannah
  • 05-01-18

Not quite as I was hoping.

The myths are interesting, of course, however much of the dialogue detracts from the storytelling rather than adding value. Some of the ‘modernisations’ seem to clang and distract from otherwise vivid and interesting descriptions and explanations. As a long time Stephen Fry fan it pains me to say Mythos isn’t particularly bad, but it isn’t particularly good either.

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