Mythos by Stephen Fry

April 27, 2018

Title: Mythos

Author: Stephen Fry
Twitter: Stephen Fry
Webpage: Stephen Fry
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Publisher: Penguin Books
Website: Penguin Books
ASIN: B0718X6ZZ2
Genre: Greek Mythology
Listening Length: 15h:?m

 

Synopsis: From the birth of the universe to the creation of humankind, Stephen Fry retells the myths for our tragic, comic, fateful age. Witness Athena born from the cracking open of Zeus' head and follow Persephone down into the dark realm of Hades. Experience the terrible and endless fate of Prometheus after his betrayal of Zeus and shiver as Pandora opens her jar of evil torments. The Greek gods are the best and worst of us, and in Stephen Fry's hands they tell us who we are.

 

What a great storyteller Steven Fry is. This is obviously a very well researched piece of work. The stories are beguiling and wonderfully told. The characters of the gods, with all their failings and human weaknesses are well developed and the gods are portrayed as fallible and as emotionally challenged as we mortals. It you know nothing about the Greek myths this has to be one of the best introductions to the subject. Even if you believe you have no interest in Greek mythology I would recommend this book to you the characters may be fantastical, but the stories are full of intrigue, love, passion and jealousy. The only criticism I might have is that the narrative curve becomes somewhat dislocated at the end of the book when Fry feels the need to add a number of story lines that do not fall easily into the general flow of the story, but this is a minor point and the stories continue to be entertaining. The whole thing is wonderfully brought together by Fry’s wonderful narration.

 

What others thought at the time of writing
Amazon.co.uk; 223 reviews, of which 95 were 3* or more, giving an average of 4.5*
Amazon.com; 26 reviews, of which 96% were 3* or more, giving an average of 4.6*
Goodreads.com; 2,462 ratings (138 reviews), with 99% of 3* or more, giving an average of 4.3*

 

I have also written short stories retelling of some of the Greek myths, including:

 Other novels by the same author (click on the image to go to Amazon for more information)

Other novels in the same genre (click on the image to go to Amazon for more information)

 

 

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