I enjoyed reading "Don't Know Much About History" a few years ago, but listening to a book in this format is something entirely different. I couldn't get in to it and after a few hours I gave up on this book and wished I had picked something else.
John Lee, the narrator has a wonderful voice, but I bought this book based on the sound of Kenneth C. Davis' enthusiastic introduction. I love this topic. i have scores of books and not a few audiobooks on mythology. I was looking forward to 20 hours of recounts and reflections on some of the greatest stories ever told, and in the voice of a fellow enthusiast, not in the voice of a classically trained actor doing a job...however good a job that might be.
Kenneth C. Davis
I had high hopes going into ...Mythology. I have listened to the other books in the series more than once and loved them all. Mythology however has nothing going for it. The PC and preaching are just way too much. Personal pet peeve is the use of BCE, if you don't like AD & BC then at least do more than change it to CE & BCE, invent some other starting point.
Also, really didn't like the narrator. No emotion, no sense he cared about the work. Having the author read may have made this book worth listening to.
The first couple of times I heard the them repeat a myth/story, I thought I had accidently "rewound" the audio book. I would have enjoyed this if they did not repeat things over and over and over again. I assume it is the author and not the same section of audio book being re-read.
A real mixed bag here, ergo three stars. When this book is good it is very good. Interesting and quite informative. Alas, that's only about half the time. Some of the narration seems to go on forever to no real point. If Davis had cut away 50% of this book it would have just as informative and a lot less tedious. I keep hoping for Edith Hamilton's Mythology to become available in audio. I've been fishing around with other books like this one and come away disappointed.
John Lee is excellent as a narrator, though. I swear it must really be Sean Connery. His reading is the only reason I stuck with this to the end.
But just sorta. He accepts the popular ideas of how Christianity "stole" all it's holidays and practices from others. Most of this "stealing" is itself mythic. He also mistakes in basic biblical stories - Jacob did not rob Isaac of his birth right. He stole Esau's. That's just one mistake. He also misspeaks giving a retelling of the Gilgamesh Epic.
Someone claiming to enlighten others could do better.