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This was a great introduction to the Greek gods and heroes. I knew only very little about some of them and nothing about others. This book filled in the gaps. It begins by telling how the world got started, how the titans were defeated by the olympians, and then tells a few hero tales. Some of the gods mentioned include Chaos, Cronus, Zeus, Demeter and Hercules. Some of the heroes discussed include Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Theseus. The stories were interesting and the narration was well done.
I found a study guide on line that gave a nice summary of some of these characters and really helped my learning and enjoyment.
This is a quick survey of the principal characters in Greek mythology. It is most helpful to get an idea of who did what to whom and how they were interrelated. It was gory and depressing in places, but I suppose that was how the ancient Greeks understood life. This is certainly not a book for children to hear unless they are quite mature, just like the original Grimm's fairy tales bear little resemblance to what we see in kids books. Overall it was worth the time.
This is a is a fine production of a selection of the most well-known of the Greek myths and could serve as an entertaining introduction to these classic stories. My one complaint, however, is that this particular rendering of the myths is unnecessarily violent and gristly in it?s detailing of the exploits of the Greek heroes, especially for younger listeners.
Catirina Bonet Designs
I would definitely recommend this audio book to anyone wanting to learn the basics of Greek Mythology or brush up on the subject. This is an easily comprehendable book of short stories that outlines the basics of the Greek family tree of Gods and demi-gods. Never dull or boring - the author and narrator bring the stories to life with pure joy and entertainment. High praise to narrator Benjamin Soames!! From adolescents to adults - the whole family will enjoy this book!
I bought this audio book to brush up on my knowledge of Greek Mythology before diving once again into the Odyssey and the Illiad.
My personal favorite Greek Myth is that of Demeter and Persiphone and the reason for Winter. A beautifully told tale. The author recounts the legend of Pandora's Box and the creation of woman - all beautifully told tales.
I lOVED IT!
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