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5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful refresher
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
Most of this sweet little, informative book I was aware of. However, there are so many names for the same folks, it's always great to find new one or visit old ones. Thanks David
3.0 out of 5 starsQuick Introduction to Greek Mythology
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019
Greek Myths from the You Must Know Before You Die series by David Fuentes is a short listen (under an hour) and overview of Greek mythology and would probably be best suited as a quick introduction to Greek Myth. I believe its overall tone would be appealing to those new to mythology and could make it a generally fun quick listen. It covered a pretty impressive amount in the short time and had interesting facts, however there are some issues the led to my rating.
My first issue, and one that was frustrating throughout, the book could have been better organized. The sections were fine, but individuals deities should have all been in one section and organized by generation for better comprehension and related content could have been put together to avoid repetition.
The content could be both repetitive and omit important people. For example, Cerberus gets mentioned very frequently, while people like Achilles, Hector, and Odysseus are not mentioned by name (Achilles does, but only in reference to Brad Pitt's portrayal). The Odyssey, one of the main works of western civilization, gets left out of the Well Known Tales section. Medea was also somehow left out of the tale about the Argonauts. Also under this section the story of Oedipus gets name the "Oedipal Complex", a well-known and related psychological term, but a questionable name for a tale. The author really could not get past the incest in Greek mythology, which to me was wasted space after the first observation in a short work.
There are some questionable jokes in this books that include a blonde joke and a joke about senior citizens shouldn't be driving. I am neither blonde nor a senior citizen, but both jokes really made me cringe. I can't speak to any references to British, but I feel there may have been issues there as well.
Jason Hunt's narration was well delivered, clear, and well paced. I would listen to books read by him in the future.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
4.0 out of 5 starsGreek Mythology- the good, the bad, the ugly, the funny...
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2020
Greek Myths You Must Know Before You Die! by David Fuentes and narrated by Jason Hunt turned out to be an entertaining short listen. You learn about Greek Mythology- the good, the bad, the ugly. There’s a little pop-culture and humor thrown in. It was a short enough listen to keep my interest but not long enough it put me to sleep. With that being said, these books are not for everyone- listen if you don’t mind humor that goes anywhere or don’t mind learning the brutality behind some of the myths (incest, rape, etc.). The narrator, Jason Hunt, did a good job. Would listen to him again.
“Also known as Athena The Virgin she is said to have been born from her father Zeus’s head after he swallowed her mother Metis, fully grown and ready for war!; so nothing out of the usual there.”
“He walks on all fours as a baby then upright as an adult and finally on two legs plus a cane as a senior citizen; because God knows he’s not safe behind the wheel.”
“He was said to have defied the Gods by giving man fire; so you can thank him for that flame-grilled whopper by the roaring fireplace.”
*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!
5.0 out of 5 starsA must read book about Greek Mythology
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
This is a wonderful telling about Greek Mythology. I love to read about all the God and Goddesses and all that they are. Plus you see that they are different also! A great book to read! I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
This was a great crash course in Mythology. The author doesn't make learning the information tedious as his witty humor shines through. I absolutely love Mythology of all kinds but mostly Greek/Roman/Egyptian. I have never read anything like this and highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to learn more about Mythology without the tedious feeling of learning. Kudos to the author for creating such a fantastic piece!
This book is a try for humorous and entertaining take on popular greek myths. I anticipated this to be a bit more in-depth. The modern parallels are a little overdone at places. Some jokes are questionable and cringe. The book does omit some very important names.
Other than that, it's a light read that can be finished within under an hour. It could work as a quick intro to greek Myth for absolute starters, and does contain some interesting facts. If you want anything more, you need to look ahead.