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In general you are pretty safe with the Naxos children's classics series. The writers usually do a very good job of simplifying the source matieral and get to the heart of the original themes whilst leaving plenty of space for further reading if what you hear sparks your imagination. They also tend to be things that adults and children can both enjoy, so I personnally think very highly of them.
At times this collection is very good. Once it gets going it features nice little over views of the heroic epics of Hercules, Jason, Perseus and the story to the labyrinth. Both truimph and tradgey are included.
Unfortunately the production doesn't get off to a very good start. The creation story and the early squabbling among the gods is told in a very passive and rather dull account. Even Pandora's box sounds a bit boreing, a story I find truely haunting when told well.
This is worth a down load, if only as back ground to the Troy and Odyesses Naxos productions ( both great), but don't expect to much.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was a great introduction to the Greek gods and heroes. I knew only very little about some of them and nothing about others. This book filled in the gaps. It begins by telling how the world got started, how the titans were defeated by the olympians, and then tells a few hero tales. Some of the gods mentioned include Chaos, Cronus, Zeus, Demeter and Hercules. Some of the heroes discussed include Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Theseus. The stories were interesting and the narration was well done.
I found a study guide on line that gave a nice summary of some of these characters and really helped my learning and enjoyment.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This is a quick survey of the principal characters in Greek mythology. It is most helpful to get an idea of who did what to whom and how they were interrelated. It was gory and depressing in places, but I suppose that was how the ancient Greeks understood life. This is certainly not a book for children to hear unless they are quite mature, just like the original Grimm's fairy tales bear little resemblance to what we see in kids books. Overall it was worth the time.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful