The Penelopiad : The Myths

  • by Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington
  • Series: The Myths
  • 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay....
And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he brutally hangs Penelope's 12 beloved maids. What were his motives? And what was Penelope really up to?

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Customer Reviews

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Alright I suppose

I didn't really enjoy this one that much. A nice idea but never really developed into anything.

On the general quality of this audiobook however: awful. The woman's voice was irritating enough before they put the horrendous treatment on to turn her into the chorus. That was so uncomfortable to listen to, I tried to skip through whenever "they" were speaking!
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- Mrs Trellis

Interesting concept, not enough depth

If you have read the Odyssey and know your mythology there's not a lot more here to engage a reader. The concept of telling the story from a different angle is interesting but could have been expanded more. I didn't really feel any emotion for Penelope, just absorbed her story. having said that, portraying the maids as a Chorus was very clever and the narration very good. Interesting listen.
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- Miss Z Cook

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2012
  • Publisher: Canongate Books