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.
The subject is fascinating , but the NARRATION is HIGHLY monotonous - highly dissapointed, would not recommend
narration is not inspiring
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.
"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.
i found this quite informative but there are so many names and stories that overlap that i was confused rathe.. maybe i need to listen again
"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.
"A hard one to judge"
I found this book a bit hard going. I only took anything in when it came to the stories I already knew a little about such as Jason and the Argonaughts, Troy and the likes. The other stories went over my head as there was too much of a "he did this to her so she did this to her brother who then...." I suppose its a tricky topic to write about and account for.
If I took the time to re-listen to some of the stories I would have got a lot more from it. Overall I would not advise listening to this book in a car.
I lasted a couple of hours into this book until I had to switch it off. It was giving me a headache. The narrator was talking so fast and presenting so many facts that I had to stop. I was so overwhelmed I couldn't keep up. The information went in one ear and out the other I'm afraid. The narrator wasn't so much telling a story as reading from a list. I would suggest splitting the book into two parts and narrate it much slower.
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