A Brief History of the Greek Myths

  • by Stephen P. Kershaw
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths leads the listener through the vibrant stories of ancient Greece, from the origins of the gods through to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. All the familiar narratives are here, along with some less familiar characters and motifs. In addition to the tales, the audiobook explains key issues arising from the narratives and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.
This long-overdue audiobook crystallizes three key areas of interest: the nature of the tales; the stories themselves; and how they have and might be interpreted. For the first time, it brings together aspects of Greek mythology only usually available in disparate forms - namely children's books and academic works.


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Doesn't work as an audio book

This history doesn't work as an audio format. As print or EBook yes, but you need to see the text, for example the etymology, do you really want the performer to read out the spelling of any interesting word?

The performance is fine, but with the stories being told so fast, and with the ordering being so strange (at least for a linear audiobook) - it is incredibly hard work to gain any value from listening.

A great idea, but you need to see the text, moving backward and forwards like a reference book.
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A fine overview

This is a great overview of the Greek myths and very informative. It is obviously well researched and aimed at an academic readership. Many debates and aspects of the myths are discussed such as Freudian interpretations, to what extent might there be some historical basis for Troy and things like that. I found I was most entertained where I had read some of the source material first so you might want to read Homer and the Greek plays first and this book will then deepen your understanding. My only gripe was that the narration had a slight comically sneering tone which seemed totally inappropriate given the subject matter. Still it is quite a long listen and the narrator is bearable on balance.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios