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The most powerful men in the world were all together in a circle in the middle of the room. Drawing their daggers, they cut their right hands and, above the pile of gold, swore Odysseus’ vow: Helen could marry whom she liked, and the Princes would defend them both…. Everyone’s heard of the wooden horse of Troy, and of the beauty of Helen. Well this is the story as Odysseus saw it, from his boyhood in Ithaca to his participation in the bloody Trojan war itself.

©1986 Tony Robinson and Richard Curtis (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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An old favourite

If you could sum up Odysseus: The Greatest Hero of them All in three words, what would they be?

Great story for children and adults alike! A classic.

What does Tony Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tony Robinson is one of my favourite narrators, up there with Steven Fry and the greats.

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  • Greg
  • kianga, Australia
  • 05-16-12

New Take on an Old Classic

It was just wonderful to listen to Tony Robinson spin this yarn with a more modern slant.He must have left his script at home, knew the basic storyline and decided to tell us the story anyway. I couldn't turn it off.

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Still loving it!

I remember borrowing this as a cassette tape from my local library when I was a kid. It was so enjoyable back then and it is just as great now. It gave me my first interest in Greek mythology. I really recommend it for parents wishing to give a child an educational and entertaining story. The authors are really creative in this re-telling of the fall of Troy and Tony Robinson does a fantastic job of making the story both funny and meaningful.

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  • V. Clouston
  • 04-13-13

A fantastic introduction to Greek Mythology

I read this book as a child and was thrilled to find it on Audible. I have now passed it on to my daughter and I hope she gets as much enjoyment from it as I did. This book spawned my love of Greek Mythology. Tony Robinson is a genius! Fantastic!

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  • Sam F
  • 04-07-13

Greatest Audio book of them all

I was thrilled to find this wonderfully narrated story from my childhood on audible.



Tony Robinson and Richard curtis put their own wonderful humour into the timeless tale of Homer's Illiad. A must listen for every young boy on a long car journey, with enough entertainment to keep all ears glued to the stereo.



Worth every penny.

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  • Miss E Stacey
  • 03-17-18

Best adaptation of a classic

Absolutly loved it. Robinson and Curtis bring a level of humour and realness to an ancient classic which makes it all that more accessible to impatient youngsters. I enjoyed it, not as a youngster, but as an adult who is very familiar with the original story. Had me chuckling away.

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  • Ms. F. Shoemark-smith
  • 03-06-17

Brings back memories

I remember listening to this and the second one as a child and I still love it now as much as I did then. Perfect.

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  • Bob Twain
  • 01-04-17

An accessible version!

Finally, I have found a way to read this classic, the paper tome of which has been gathering dust, unread, for years. Fans of all things high brow may not like it, but I think it's wonderful. Probably the only way I'd get through it. This is not only for kids, but I'm sure they'd love it. An epic tale, told in as relatable a way as is possible, considering the gulfs of time, culture and language. Thank you, Messrs Curtis and Robinson!

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  • Sarah
  • 05-20-16

Childhood favourite that still thrills

My partner recommended this series because he adored it as a child, and I loved it! Wicked, hilarious, and a little educational it really should be part of everyone's childhood or adult-hood.

Absolutely excellent to do the washing up to - which is a compliment of the highest regard. Honest.

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  • Arnold Cossor
  • 02-10-16

The Story of the Wooden Horse read by super Tony Robinson

I like this audiobook because it has a lot of information, it is very long and it is read by Tony Robinson.
My favourite part is the battle between Achilles and Hector.
My favourite character is #Odysseus because he is intelligent and clever and cunning.
(Dictated by my 8 year old son.)