Mythology has provided inspiration for storytellers and scientists alike. In this 10-hour audiobook, explore the mythology of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Essential for any student of mythology, literature, or religion. Each subject is 2-5 minutes in length, making the material easy to absorb and navigate.
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It took me a little while to get use to the narrator, but after I did, I couldn't get enough. I have always be amazed at how much our modern world is still so influenced by Ancient Mythology. It is everywhere. I enjoyed this book very much.
The 'good' is the material. All three stars are for the book. The author has made the information interesting and precise. The 'god awful' is the narrator. Alec Sand is deadly dull. Little or no inflection in his reading at all. He has a long list of audio books to his credit which I find amazing. I'll definitely avoid anything of his in the future. This is one where I recommend you read the book. Stay away from the audio.
The content is very insightful and I could have learned a lot, but the HORRIBLE narration made listening to this for more than 5 minutes absolutely painful. If you need something to put you to sleep then you've found it!
I was sincerely interested in listening to this book and collection of stories. However, I tried, and tried but to no avail. I do not know what they were thinking when they allowed Alec Sand (someone I had never known till I looked at who narrated this book until after I could not listen to it) to narrate it. Aren't these people screened before they are allowed to read! Oh my goodness, I could not get any part of the story because his words were so choppy and I was so agitated, irritated and frustrated. Biggest waste of money, and please, do not let that man narrate another thing or teach him how read to a crowd, or let him read to himself.
Narrator reads text with as much passion as if he were reading directions on how one should fill out a tax form. Most information is delivered as a series of facts with very little "story" to make it interesting. Painful!
I LOVE HISTORY!!!
It has an incredible range of characters spanning all of the primary areas of popular mythology.
He had an interesting speech pattern that took a little getting used to but overall was not disruptive to the presentation.
I particularly enjoyed how the author connected the characters in this book back to other classic works like The Bible, The Iliad, and The Odyssey.
I would not recommend this reading.
He can't put together a sentence without great jerky surges of words interspersed with pauses which are irritating to the max.
Get a better reader
I have tried many time to get through this book but have yet to be able to do so because he is such an irritating person to have to listen to.
As audible books on mythology go this is not the best I have even been exposed to. With that said it is also not the worse. If this is your first stab at the subject, then this is likely a good place to start. If you already has a fair amount of exposure, then much of your time will have been wasted.
The narration didn't just out at me. Perhaps it was the narrator's tonal quality or just the way they read the book, but it was not engaging, which made some sections very difficult to listen through without nodding off.
Yes, but not from Alec Sand.
No. Mr Sand didn't even try to find pronunciations of many of the gods and rulers discussed in the book. I finally couldn't listen because it was so irritating and in some instances impossible to understand.
Get a new narrator who is conscientious about the work.
No. Not that kind of book.
While it may be true that the difficult Greek, Mesopotamian, Egyptian and even Roman names have varying pronunciations depending on what English pattern one follows, there are agreed upon ways of voicing the difficult to translate names.
Alec Sand performed 2 of the books I have from early when I joined Audible (and before I knew of the return policy). I have yet to be able to finish either one. His reading is uninspired -reminds me of someone try to drill facts into his own brain by reading flash cards -loud to keep awake- the night before the big final. I keep hoping to find that these books have been read again by someone else because the content that I have listened to seems very good. Performance rating really should not receive any star.
...but really bad reader. Feels like he's reading out his grocery list. Shame as the subject is really interesting and the research is comprehensive and thorough.
"Probably a fantastic book, but..."
If you get on with random pauses, crammingofsentances,and stopping. In the middle of sentences. WithUTTERLYarbitraryBURSTS of emphasis IN THEwrong. Place. Theyyouwillenjoy this BOOK.
Otherwise, I'd give it a miss. I'm 3 hours in, it is very interesting and well researched but I can't stand the narrator for a moment longer. If you're looking for an in depth introduction for world mythology, search for "Don't know much about mythology" instead. It has much the same content and is very well read.
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