The Greek myths are 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 In Stephen Fry s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldryThe Greek myths are 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 In Stephen Fry s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies.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.Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry s Mythos perfectly captures these stories for the modern age in all their rich and deeply human relevance.
Mythos A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece The Greek myths are 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 embedde
I don t know about any of you, but this one s a winner Far from feeling like another dry recounting of a number of our favorite Greek myths, Fry s down to earth humor and traditional modern storytelling have turned these gods into something most relatable.I ve read Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch s recountings and I ve had the pleasure of countless other sources, but here s where Fry shines he cherry picks the very best stories and tells them so charmingly and naturally that I wouldn t be surprised [...]
The most fun and entertaining book I ve read in a very long time Loved it.
I first heard of Stephen Fry many years ago, have since watched him debate with the Church and wander through dense jungles trying to find nearly extinct animals, listened to him bring one of my favourite magical worlds to life, and learned a great deal from him on what must be one of the best quiz shows on British television Not to mention his influence on LGBTQ rights and the acceptance of mental health issues he himself is suffering from at least one He s been on radio programs, television sh [...]
The history of greek mythology told in a long long story.This is the audio book and it was a challenge to finish, but interesting nonetheless.Stephen Fry is faultless in his narration.
3.5 starsI love fantasy and mythical tales and I adore Stephen Fry who s audio narration was pitch perfect I have also always wanted to read understand the different Greek myths, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.I found it very interesting to learn the relationship between these myths and the English language, and just how much of an influence these stories still have on us today.There were a few tales that stood out, and these were the longer stories that actually felt like proper storie [...]
I must have been around 8 when I first read The Legends of the Olympus and fell in love with Greek mythology I reread it at least 3 times afterwards and remains one of my favorite books to this very day.Stephen Fry s retelling of these myths are just as good as the original, if not better It is limited to the gods, heroes tales are not included, but much detailed than the version I read I never really thought about how many of today s vocabulary are derived from the names in these myths I alway [...]
At a time when other children had their mothers reading Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood to them, my father was telling me the story of the abduction of Persephone with his own adornments I particularly liked the squirrels wondering why she was picking flowers instead of nuts.I bring this up so you understand that I was exposed to the Greek myths at a young age Once I was able to read I got my hands on Bullfinch s Mythology and Robert Graves rather interesting two volume offering.Steph [...]
It is regrettable that Stephen Fry s talent to be effortlessly snobbish in a very appealing, charmingly British way, does absolutely no good to the subject of his book The main problem with this book is that Fry s retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece is exactly what the title promises it is the retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece with some supposedly witty but often irrelevant remarks which can be easily omitted The question is Do we actually need one retelling of Greek myths No Are w [...]
I love Greek Mythology or any mythology at that This is a great collection of retellings but in Frys perfect storytelling mixed with his intellect and wit If you enjoyed Gaimans Norse novel this will be 100% your thing Has a little depth to it than Gaimans and some personal touches which maked this a perfect read from start to finish.
Not everyone s into mythology but I am and I freakin loved this Fry s fantastic retellings unpeeled layers of stories I already knew, and his humor made them super readable, approachable and hilarious One million Olympic stars, and Arch Psychopomp is now my preferred title.
I loved Mythos, and Fry s narration was superb What makes it different from all the other Greek Roman mythology books that I have collected over the years is the coherent chronology that Fry has achieved By placing all the stories in context and in a timeline, the personalities and actions of the gods suddenly made sense to me I d often struggled to remember who was who s relation previously but I found Mythos wonderfully easy to follow and lose myself in I immensely enjoyed all of his asides th [...]
This was by far the easiest 5 stars I have had the pleasure to give in quite a while It is one of the very few books I would read again.Mythos is fascinating from start to finish I have attempted to get into numerous mythology books before yes even Edith Hamilton and struggled Stephen Fry has made these captivating stories into a very readable and even hilarious style He has made each God not only memorable, but also much easier to obtain a deeper insight into what each God stands for He does no [...]
What an absolute cracker of a book I love mythology Especially Greek AND I love Stephen Fry This is a great combination as an audiobook Narrated in Stephen Fry s crisp British accent my favourite accent in the whole world and with typical British humour and asides thrown in, this book made peak hour commutes extremely pleasant.If one can think of the gelding of Ouranos or the opening of Pandora s box, instead of vehicles coming right at oneself, what better can one ask for The myths are deep, ri [...]
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Can Stephen Fry write books about myths Like every myth Heracles, Illyad, Odyssee, Oedipus Please I love listening to his voice and his new take on the dialogue between the gods and mortals is the best So, please, please, please Write another one D
Such a brilliant book in every way Was very disappointed when I got to the end, I wanted there to be
Once again, a BIG FAT THANK YOU to my awesome friend Bubu who send me this book via audible THANK YOU 3 Anyways From the foreword Mythos begins at the beginning, but it does not end at the end Had I included heroes like Oedipus, Perseus, Theseus, Jason and Herakles and the details of the Trojan War this book would have been to heavy even for a Titan to pick up Moreover, I am only concerned with telling the stories, not explaining them or investigating the human truths and psychological insights [...]
This is so exciting Greek mythology AND Stephen Fry If only it were possible to pre order, but it looks like the release is coming in early November Woohoo Edit It s available to pre order in the UK from a few sources, for Nov 2 release, but still nothing in the US If anyone finds it from a US seller, please drop me a comment.Edit2 It s out now on , but still not available from in the US UK reviews are mixed, not great The audiobook read by Stephen Fry is on Audible, but I m not allowed to downl [...]
This audiobook was amazing Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator As someone who has little knowledge on Greek Myths, I absolutely loved every second of this book I would recommend to everyone 5 stars
What a charming recounting of many of the most notable episodes in Greek Mythology If you get the chance, opt for the audiobook version narrated by the author as his wit and charm come through in spades and it truly enriches the experience.One can hope for a sequel that delves into the Age of Heroes and the Homeric cycle of poems, but with Mr Fry s many talents, interests and endeavours it may not come to pass If so, this book than adequately covers the core concepts of Greek mythological belie [...]
While the book is filled with Fry s wit, the stories of the gods do not sugarcoat anything Recommended for the novice and the long time devotee
I don t think I would ve enjoyed this NEARLY as much if I d simply read it Listening to Stephen Fry s narration was what really made this book shine, with his wry sense of humour, commentary and brilliant characterisation I ve always been a big fan of Greek mythology and this retelling didn t disappoint The main moral of the story don t annoy the gods They ll mess you up
Greek mythology, in itself, doesn t lack any entertainment and stories to be told This book will be a memorable collection of Greek myths Stephen Fry sticks to the popular myths and I didn t encounter one I hadn t heard before However, he tells it with a certain charm and humor that it never got boring The book often made me laugh out loud and annotate several lines that were almost poetic He throws some philosophy in the mix which was one of the better parts of this book Recommended for anyone [...]
A fantastic retelling of myths with lots of humour and tongue in cheek moments Stephen Fry narrates even the most tragic of tales with warmth and insightful asides I think this is the way to get acquainted with Greek mythology just the info you get about greek roots in English vocabulary makes it worthwile besides the entertainment factor I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down the memory lane definitely recommended.
I have never studied Greek myth before so didn t really know what the expect, but have to say I found all of the stories within mythos incredibly enthralling And fully Intend to become a Greek myth nerd from now on Would highly recommend mythos to anyone who hasn t studied Greek myth as it is very accessible next stop Ovid
I like the stories, I was surprised at how many of them I already knew But I wish Stephen had been a bit less heavy handed with his learning and just given us the stories I would have preferred less footnotes, they become distracting and the stories could have flowed better.
Brilliant retelling of the ancient myths Love the footnotes explaining how the names of the deities survive in our everyday language Would love a sequel with the adventures of the demigods and heroes like Herakles, Odysseus,.
The absolutely excellent Stephen Fry has done it again ladies and gentlemen Having never studied Classics and knowing very little about Greek Mythology aside what Disney s Hercules taught me I was excited to pick this book up and give it a go It s something i m so interested in, having visited Greece and the ancient world several times and being massively into art and sculpture and honestly if you re a total Greek Myths novice this one is a solid choice.The first thing is, that Stephen Fry is a [...]
This was a great retelling of these tales from Greek Mythology in a nice readable format, with minimal academic distraction footnotes sometime excepting.The humorous asides and some of the modern culturally colloquial context used made an otherwise scarily remote ancient even set of stories attainable.The journalistic nature of the text means It reads like a series of short stories than a novel or even a factual biography This work would make for an excellent audio book, as I could just hear St [...]
Loved this collection A chronological take on the popular Greek myths, as well as some lesser known tales, ranging from the beginning of Chaos right down to the trials of the heroic mortals Fry s witty prose just makes these stories that enjoyable, and is a great start for those wanting to dive into the historical fables.