One of the finest history books for children, this well-loved Hillyer classic features stories of world history from prehistoric man through the 20th century....
Bernard Evslin’s classic retelling of the Greek myths captures the excitement and enchantment of these stories that have influenced many of today’s popular films and novels.....
Jason is born the son of King Aeson. His destiny is to rule Iolcus, the land that his father's brother, King Pelias, has taken from him....
This reissue of the 1919 classic combines the immortal stories from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into one glorious saga of heroism and magical adventure....
The Boy lives in a cottage with his mother and father, and the Dragon lives in a cave on the Downs....
Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin....
"Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers." (Publishers Weekly)
Inspires you to read the original in its wonderful poetic splendour. I was amazingly surprised at the Odyssey. I loved it. So much more than the Iliad! Worth your while!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Honey, I'm home - twenty years late! Adventure, love, war, one-eyed giants, wrathful gods, sultry sirens and a rather roundabout journey back home to the wife. The question is, did the fair Penelope believe his excuse that the traffic was a little heavy on the way home? An epic tale, never boring, very well read, with a wonderful flow and rhythm of language. It's a 2700 year-old precursor to the Lord of the Rings, the Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy and Alice in Wonderland. What our great-great-great (etc) grandparents listened round communal hearths, instead of watching reality shows and soap operas. Audio quality (at level 4) is excellent.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
This is wonderfully written, following closely to the original but in a way that is immediate and fresh. The characters seem real and their motivations and thoughts are understandable, though sometimes tragic. I found I really cared about what happened to them and the choices they made. It is beautifully read and a spell binding story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is great way to start learing about athe ancient Greek legends. If you aren't up to tackling "The Odyssey" or "The Iliad", this is a great way to find out the basics of the stories.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed it very much. The way the book is written and read keeps you interested in the book.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
OK..but was hoping for more modern writing.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
For the life of me I can't understand why the author n ended to write this in such archaic language. We don't speak like that and neither did the ancient Greeks. My son, who is 8, and I found it most distracting.
Why are Penelope's suitors called wooers? And so many other jarring idiosyncrasies made listening to this audiobook more of a penance than a pleasure.
Sean Pratt's reading borders on the monotone. His inconsistent pronunciation of names made us look at each other in frustration.
I would definitely not recommend.
i like Padraic Colum's style, and would certainly listen to and read more of his work. Pratt's narration, however, was so mournful and soporific that much of the excitement of the scenes he was describing just got lost. Odysseus came across as...well, lacking motivation, and a bit of a wimp, which is hardly the effect that Colum was going for! Pratt has a beautiful, articulate reading manner, but to me it didn't suit the fire and movement of the subject matter.
All that said, this is a thorough exploration of the travels of Odysseus, and will help unknot the background surrounding the woes of Troy. If you can get past the reader, you'll enjoy this.