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Following the best-selling retellings of the Greek myths in Mythos and Heroes, Stephen Fry's bewitching third volume, Troy - concerning love and war, passion and power - is now ready for ordering.    

The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for 10 whole and very bloody years.  

It is Zeus, the king of the gods, who triggers the war when he asks the Trojan prince Paris to judge the fairest goddess of them all. Aphrodite bribes Paris with the heart of Helen, wife of King Menelaus of the Greeks, and naturally, nature takes its course. 

It is a terrible, brutal war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies. The Greek's most fearsome warrior, Achilles, argues with King Agamemnon, his commander, over another woman, the Trojan slave Briseis. The consequences lead to terrible tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.   

It is a myth in which we seek the truth about ourselves and which Stephen Fry brings breathtakingly to life.  

©2020 Stephen Fry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful

When an immortal such as Fry takes the trouble to write and furthermore the trouble to narrate, the is mortals can do is sit our arses down and listen to the God. :)

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Great story and wonderful narration

Its been an great experience with Fry's Myths, Heroes and this one. Enjoyed every bit of story telling. Some parts were unnessarily extended with a kind of boring dialogue. Otherwise an enjoyable listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-20

Stephen fry, you are a marvel.

Following up on Stephen's previous books on the series, I am still drawn like a moth to a flame to his exquisite performance and storytelling. My already strong love for Greek history and myth only grow stronger. Thank you so much. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Alex
  • 15-11-20

Absolutely wonderful

Just as the other two books in the series, Troy enchantes the reader. Perhaps even more so, as Stephen Fry's hipnotic voice retells a story that is so beautifully woven from both myth and history. Absolutely wonderful

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  • Michalis Petrou
  • 14-11-20

Fry does it again!

One cannot have higher expectations when listening to Stephen Fry and Troy, given his very exciting Mythos and Heroes books. Mr. Fry delivers and exceeds the expectations set by his previous successes in my opinion. His delivery is bar none and his take on the mythology/history is truthful and, for someone that is truly knowledgeable on the subject, his opinion is very much appreciated. Highly recommended audiobook for everyone!

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  • Jason
  • 03-11-20

Chapters?

As you listen, the story being read obviously falls into chapters. On your device, however, you will see a 4:20:47 long chapter among other whoppers. Inexcusable. Lazy production, especially with a book where re-listening to individual chapters would be desirable. Should be updated. I hope for a response from Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-20

More division of chapters needed

Love the plot and narration (I own Mythos and Heroes too), but there seems to be a marked difference in the chaptering style. For instance, there are two large chunks of audio (both four hours long) that comprise the main narrative. There's definitely inter-chapter transitions as Fry moves between the different strands of narratives, but without a clear divvying of them within the navigation itself, it becomes slightly difficult to pause and keep track, or even just to relisten to certain chapters. A lot of guesswork is required, which cuts into the enjoyment a little. Could there be main headings and well as subchapters?

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  • Emanuele Pezzani
  • 31-10-20

Learned and pleasant to listen

*SPOILER ALERT* Unlike in "Mythos" and "Heroes", telling the story of the Trojan War involves presenting a host of characters that eventually end up being in the same place and in the same time. I'll have to listen again to the first part to see how effectively Fry weaves the storylines of Paris, Achilles, Helen, and the city of Troy itself; my first impression is that he (perhaps inevitably) succumbs to the Ariostesque device of "but let's leave X here and get back to Y, whom we left..." I'm afraid this might also depend on Audible's odd division of chapters, since you have several short chunks at the beginning and the end, and then two major 4:20:00 parts in the middle, anf it gets harder to see the structure there (hence the four stars). As for the story itself, I was expecting the *whole* Trojan cycle, inclusive of the follow-up sagas of Odysseus, Agamemnon and Aeneas, but maybe I overestimated the extent of the material (and I also wasn't expecting so many backstories); as it is - a story of the city of Troy from the foundation to the fateful night, as per the title, plus the stories of the main characters involved - it's already a sizeable story. All the same, I would have loved to hear a bit less about silly Laomedon and more about the feud between Atreus and Thyestes, a story with massive dramatic potential but which regrettably Fry tells in just a couple of lines. My other point of hesitation is the 2 hours-like part in "Ilium" which is basically a summary, more than a retelling, of that quintessential paradigm of Western (and, arguably, world) literature that is the "Iliad", but I guess that's inevitable: do you set out to write a story of the Trojan cycle only to skip completely such an important part of the Trojan War "because Homer did it best", or do you accept the inevitable and follow Homer sometimes line by line? Fry chooses the latter and I honestly can't blame him, I would find it a difficult choice regardless. Where I think he shines, though, much like he did in his two previous books, is when he patches together (rhapsode-like :D ) all the other previous and following threads of narrative that are *not* part of the "Iliad": this is a praiseworthy achievement because even as a scholar myself it's sometimes hard to piece together a consistent narrative of all the events narrated in this book, and every now and then it's just pleasing to just listen to a good narrator who did the hard work for you! The performance is as usual wonderful: if you don't like Fry's voices and theatricality, you'll probably find it annoying but if it's your jam, then don't wait any further! All over the story he also intersperses comments on the modern relevance of myth and how we can read and understand Greek myth today, and as usual he also lets his doctrine and his humanity shine through. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-20

Fry as usual. Engaging, enigmatic and charismatic.

Although you don’t need to, please start with Mythos and Heroes. I’m hoping he does another tour post COVID, talking about the Greek gods and their enthralling stories. Could not recommend more highly. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-20

Stephen Fry doing what he loves.

The story and reading of the book are very good. The story is engaging and has nice little anecdotes sprinkled across it. The only criticism a have is that some of the chapters are ridicules long and if you don’t like long recitations of names you may have some difficulties with this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-20

Incredible

Stephen Fry brings the Greek myths to life so vividly I have listened to all 3 related books now and will 100% listen again and again

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  • julian drewett
  • 15-11-20

Joyous re-telling

Another momentous story from one of best story tellers around. Stephen manages to escort you back to the time of God's and mortals with a verve and enthusiasm rarely heard. He is a master at his craft, be it from Victorian England, to a wizarding world, Stephen has transported the listener at ease to be part of the story. Thank you and please keep it up.

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  • Dr J Chun
  • 14-11-20

Excellent story by an excellent story-teller

Troy was an amazing follow up to Mythos and Heroes. Stephen Fry is a fantastic story-teller. I highly recommend the entire series! I hope he decides to do another - on the Odyssey perhaps?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

More Mythos, less Heroes. Truly exceptional.

Another exceptional piece of work by Mr Fry. Characters and story is brought to life and his masterful story telling will make you want to keep listening for as long as you can! If you’re like me and found Heroes to be good but the voices he put on quite irritating than don’t worry. Troy only has subtle accent changes and they’re not nearly as grating as Heroes! Lots of information gets thrown at you early on but don’t be discouraged, all will become clear in the development of the story.

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  • Julie Domaille
  • 23-11-20

Amazing as always

I have lived in Troy loving every minute and sad to be back to 2020

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  • 17-11-20

Excellent, can't wait for the Odyssey.. please.

Really enjoyed it, thanks for researching and writing it. Hoping for The Odyssey... can only hope it is on the agenda.

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  • George Athanasiou
  • 07-11-20

Troy by Stephen Fry

Informative and endlessly entertaining, the trio of delights that are Mythos, Heroes and now Troy. Please, please, please, Stephen Fry, bring us your retelling of the Odyssey!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-20

Homer would be proud!

Fry is ‘the’ bard of our time. I’ll go so far as to say it is necessary to enjoy this legend in the traditional aural way. Thank the gods for audiobooks! If you want to get the details further locked in your mind, I’d recommend also buying the book as a companion to the audio for the spelling of names and places, along with other note taking. I can’t wait for his take on The Odyssey!

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  • Brooke Austin
  • 23-11-20

Great, however..

Wonderful as always, however the first two books I feel have nicer more engaging storyline’s and the end of Troy is very abrupt. If you are not familiar with this series start with the other two books .

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  • Jorge Alvarez-Romero
  • 22-11-20

Majestic, fantastic, captivating!

Like Mythos and Heroes, Troy takes you on an exhilarating adventure and travel to the past, the mind and human nature itself. I cannot recommend this further, another masterpiece by Fry.

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  • Jack
  • 22-11-20

Fry at his best

As usual this is an extraordinary tale told by one of the most engaging and enthralling story-tellers around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-20

Predictably masterful

A predictably powerful and prodigious bookend to an incredible trilogy. Only Fry could do this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-20

I'm so happy 😁

loved it, the" Iliad" ! I am so hooked on Greek mythology since I started your books... I love how you pause to give us in-depth extra knowledge about Greek history and mythology, and how it correlates with English and how language evolved! don't stop being you Stephen fry! 🥰 maybe a book with Samson and Hercules

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  • Simon
  • 14-11-20

Encore!

Loving all of Stephen Fry's works from mythos and heroes to troy! Great addition to any library!

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  • L Brownrigg
  • 13-11-20

Marvelous

An exceptional retelling of the ancient epic. The introduction and appendices in particular are delightful, as are the author's editorialising and asides.