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.
©2012 Stephen P. Kershaw (P)2012 Audible Ltd
This is really very well done, beautifully read and yet it can be tedious at points because it covers so much. It is more a lesson or a lecture than entertainement but quite worthwhile if you want to refresh your knowledge of Greek Mythology. It is very detailed (more than I wanted) but very well done.
I like mythology anyway, and Campbell's analysis etc., and so I enjoyed this though Kershaw doesn't go into Campbell's views. It is an excellent review of the history of Greek mythology, it's stories and heroes etc. But what I really like is that after relating each major myth, he then gives some info on theories of history, meaning, factuality, and talks a lot about the use of the myths in Greek drama and relates passages from the plays, and also traces some references to the myths in film, literature, painting etc. Now all we need is Robert Graves' Greek Myths and Joseph Campbell's lectures.
No, not from Stephen P. Kershaw. It was too dry and boring. I suppose that it's my fault for choosing something that could probably be used as a textbook (assuming it's accurate).
Cameron Stewart was fine.
I like the way the author explaines the way the different sources have details. For example, he'll say something like so-and-so either killed himself or was strangled to death by his enemy or went on a hunting expedition.
The subject is fascinating , but the NARRATION is HIGHLY monotonous - highly dissapointed, would not recommend
narration is not inspiring
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