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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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Story of Troy but Song of Achilles does a better job

Loved Stephen’s performance as usual, I have followed the series and earlier books were much better in comparison, I think Song of Achilles does a better job here

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Stephen Fry is a delight always

A fitting sequel to his earlier two books . Stephen Fry's unhurried reading and his obvious fascination with the subject shines through out the book. Don't miss his Definitive Sherlock Holmes collection and Harry Potter series.

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Brilliantly performed, great storytelling

Stephen Fry enthrals with great diction. The research into the book is evident and the presentation humble
Gripping story telling. Loved it

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Written and read by Stephen Fry- Nuff said.

if you still need to know anything more about the title you are purchasing, this book just like Mythos and Heroes make for fantastic listening, is filled with delightful trivia and I recommend it with all my heart.

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terrific story telling by Fry

Stephen Fry really brings the story to life. Bettter than Mythos. I am yet to listen to Heroes.

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Amazing

Fascinating story, made even more engaging by Stephen Fry. Recommend the audiobook over print version.

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Stephen Fry has done an amazing job again.

i have listened to stephen fry's narration of sherlock holmes, his harry potter series and the previous entries of thi series as well, namely, "mythos" and "heroes".
so i expected a lot getting into this, and it was delivered. you dpnt need to have read the previous titles to understand this though. he has done a bang up job of giving life to these celebrated characters and he justifies the words he has chosen for them to speak.

one of his best works in my view. definitely listen to this if you have any interest at all in greek mythology and stories of the great achilles, odysseus, or the city of troy.

my only wish being if he had made it a bit longer, i loved it

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Epic

Stephen Fry brings to life the characters and the interweaving plotlines of this timeless epic. While listening to Fry's narration you experience the emotions of the characters. When he describes the massacre of the Trojans, the carnage unleashed by Achilles after his friend's death you are teleported to the battlefield. This is a must listen for fans of mythology!

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Stephen Fry's Aristeia

You don't need to read any reviews of Stephen Fry's books. Just get this book, you won't be disappointed. I loved it. It was just as amazing as Mythos and Heroes were.

Fry's language and narration were really incredible, I found myself rewinding and relistening to so many parts of the book just because of how beautifully they were written.

I really hope he continues this series. Maybe the Odyssey next?

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  • DFK
  • 27-11-20

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

I said that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” in my review of one of the previous volumes. I felt it even more, here. Stephen Fry is a delight to listen to, and I doubt anyone could have done a better job with the story of the Trojan War and all the myths that accompany it. But I wasn’t impressed with the Odyssey and the Iliad in high school, and though 50+ years later I have come to appreciate many books that I didn’t enjoy so much in high school (Dickens, whom I now love, for example), this has not improved with (my) age. War for no good reason. Maybe no war has a really good reason, but this is totally absurd, and they know it. The gods on this side or that. On and on and on. So much hyperbole: the most beautiful, the most valuable, the most powerful. Eh. “Love” for the shallowest of reasons. There are books about war (War and Peace, Stalingrad are two of the best) that can evoke all the emotions and be real, presenting real characters who are developed with all the human flaws. At the every end, in his appendix, Fry says that these stories show all the human weaknesses: envy, pride, lust, etc. and no one has ever done it better than Homer. I beg to differ. I know that these stories are part of the canon and are part of our vocabulary and so I took my medicine. But I can think of so many modern great books that do it better: Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and so many other great works do it better. I imagine that Shakespeare fans would also think Shakespeare did it better. So, if you need to learn about the mythology of the Trojan War, maybe no one can do it better than Fry, but I am not a convert to appreciating the greatness of this ancient literature.

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  • Dr Thomas
  • 28-12-20

Outstanding!!

Would give 10 stars if possible.
I’ve listened to Mythos and Hero’s several times and no doubt it will be the same for Troy!

Hoping and praying he’ll cover the Odyssey next.

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  • RomulusRom
  • 28-01-21

How does he do it?

Fry's most recent recollection of "the Classics" is another perfect tale of treachery, action, adventure, humour, ... Anything and everything really.

Listening to Stephen Fry tell these tales is exactly what it must have felt like sitting around a fire, not having television or anything, and listening to the town elder telling tall tales and stories. Absolutely mesmerizing.

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  • Maria
  • 10-01-21

Yet again

Stephen Fry dazzles with knowledge and humor! Hoped the trilogy would never end! The color, life, history and myth - what a sight for sore eyes and ears

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  • Babs
  • 27-12-20

Good old stories

Having learnt about the old Greeks in primary school this book provides a perfect retelling of the stories refreshes my memories.
Having listened to Mythos, Heroes and now Troy, I am waiting impatiently for the next book. That would be the Odyssey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-20

Gripping and Great

Stephen Fry does it again. Listened to all of his books. All amazing. Such a way with words. Particularly, in the way he keeps you listening. None of it gets too deep or loses you in names. Loved it. Thanks to Stephen and the production,editorial team involved. If you do another you shall have my coin sir.

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  • Eva, Consumidora participativa.
  • 02-12-20

Loved it!

This is a great and marvelous audio book.
Just don’t miss it.
Stephen Fry is perfect

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  • Trotto
  • 26-11-20

Amazing! I loved it!

I loved this a lot. Amazing book, brilliantly retold, and fantastically read. I really hope he does one on the Odyssey as well!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr T W Stanford
  • 31-12-20

Stephen Fry is fantastic as always!

I preordered this as I thoroughly enjoyed Mythos and Heroes and I now can't wait for the Odyssey! I cannot recommend the series enough!

Thank you Mr Fry

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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Emma
  • 27-11-20

τέλειος - téleios - perfect.

This third instalment of Stephen Fry’s retelling of the Greek myths gave me so much joy! I adore the tales of the Trojan war and the rage of Achilles, and this version was a pure delight to listen to!

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-20

Brilliant!

Thank-you wonderful Stephen! You’re fried me with this simmering tale of woe, foes, fiends, friends. A grand retelling! I’m a fan of Rob Fagles translation of “The Iliad”; this stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best telling as of these foundational tales of human desires. Of human truths. Thanks again 👍🏾

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  • Cameron Graf
  • 07-12-20

Fry Strikes Again

Nothing but compliments for this book, as it is read so eloquently as to bring the characters to life! Stephen Fry’s balance of literary continuity and narrative commentary works really well, as his pauses/tangents to remind the listener of context or a character’s journey helps keep track of the plethora of interwoven plots.

Having loved Mythos and Heroes, it was no surprise that this book would be another griping and stellar performance by the master himself. Would re-listen in a heartbeat!

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  • Mohan Paul
  • 05-12-20

Another great book by Stephen Fry

The story of Troy has been told many times. This version was unique in setting the scene for some of key characters.

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  • Richard
  • 29-11-20

Absolutely excellent and wonderful education experience

Written and read extra well this historical or mythical analysis is well worth the patience. I now know a lot more about Greek mythology and Homer's writing than before. Truly brilliant.

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  • Sean
  • 23-02-21

Troy and Fry

Great book. Stephen Fry reading his book on the battle of Troy, what's not to like?

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  • Michael
  • 21-02-21

Spell Binding

I listened, spellbound to tales that I knew well and did not really know at all. Thank you Stephen.