We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
A Brief History of the Greek Myths: Brief Histories | [Stephen P. Kershaw]

A Brief History of the Greek Myths: Brief Histories

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.
Regular Price:$25.02
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

©2012 Stephen P. Kershaw (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (26 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (8)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
3.7 (23 )
5 star
 (8)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Story
3.7 (24 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (4)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Patricia San Diego, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A summary and insight into Greek Mythology"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-31-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-31-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    440
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    941
    238
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    elena LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 04-29-13
    elena LOS ALTOS, CA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Monotonous speach"
    What did you like best about A Brief History of the Greek Myths? What did you like least?

    The subject is fascinating , but the NARRATION is HIGHLY monotonous - highly dissapointed, would not recommend


    What was most disappointing about Stephen P. Kershaw’s story?

    narration is not inspiring


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Alexandra PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States 02-01-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too Scholarly for Me"
    Would you try another book from Stephen P. Kershaw and/or Cameron Stewart?

    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.


    Has A Brief History of the Greek Myths turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results
Sort by:
  • M. WILLIAMS
    Birmingham
    8/3/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Austin
    norwich, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "broad sweep"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    HertUnited Kingdom
    1/18/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    6/3/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.