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Publisher's Summary

Read by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner, and Matthew Broderick, here are the stories of the immortals of Olympus - the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece - as freshly described as if they were alive today.

Mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts; mischievous little Hermes; grey-eyed Athena, godess of wisdom; Asclepius, the first physician; Orpheus and his beloved Euridice; Helios the sun, crossing the heavens in his fiery chariot.... these and other equally fabulous figures are featured here with their heroic deeds and petty squabbles illuminated in full dimension.

©1962 Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire (P)2000 Airplay, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book...the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact; the pictures interpret the text literally and are full of detail and witty observation." ( Horn Book)

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  • Beverley
  • Roswell, GA, United States
  • 10-03-13

The best way to read the Book of Greek Myths!

We're so happy with this purchase. We love all the D'Aulaire books and have spent many happy hours with them, but, I must admit, the Book of Greek Myths was a bit of a trying experience to read. All the many names of the Greek Gods and Goddesses left me tongue tied, but the illustrations were so compelling that the children (8, 6 & 5) requested it again and again. It was such a joy to happen upon a flawlessly enunciated, unabridged recording. We often listen to it while following along with the book. Its been a great way to share these stories and now we all know how to pronounce the names!

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Voices of the best in class

These are stories read by actors and actresses are the best in the business including six distinguish performers as the Newport as well as others

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my 8 year old son loves these stories

He listens over and over and over. He has learned a lot but for the most part just likes the stories.

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Fabulous for the young and the young at heart

I originally purchased this book for a school project for my daughter. I had no idea going in, that I too would fall in love. The story is timeless and even as an adult, it held my attention that entire time! I have already listened to the entire book twice, but yet plan to buy the hard copy for my personal library.

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D'Aulaires' - #1 book to learn basics; ALL AGES!

D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, is the absolute best book written for learning everything you would like to know about Greek Mythology, in my opinion, of course. This audible version is great as it portrays the facts in more of a story form than anything you'd find in a textbook. If you've always been interested in learning more about Greek Mythology but don't know where to start; this audio version is highly recommend! There isn't just one person reading to you, droning on and on... There are many voices, both male and female, reading for different "stories." Plus, it has been broken into short segments containing each story. If listened to from beginning to end It's in chronological order. Although, if you'd like to skip to a certain "Myth," that is possible as well! 5 stars all the way. I've listened many times in different formats and have read the actual book. I feel that the audio version will always be a "go-to" whenever one would want to brush up on any Greek Mythology or just get started on your journey of more in depth study. Like I said, this is great for all ages!!

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Beautiful

My favourite myths, read by beautiful voices. Well done. This is the book the kids and I cook to.

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Educational!!!

Very well made!!
Making History fun from 2nd to 9th grade!
The gods and goddesses especially interesting!
Well done.

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  • EmilyK
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 04-08-18

so happy to find this on Audible!

My children loved this production on cassette tape when they were little. The book itself is wonderful and then listening to the stories read by these amazing actors added even more to the experience.

We now re-listened as teenagers and mom, and enjoyed it all over again.

Highly recommended for elementary age and younger, and a great book before bedtime or to listen while falling asleep.

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Timeless

I read this book when I was in middle school, and I absolutely loved it. I got the audio book because my 6 year old stepdaughter loves learning about the beliefs of different cultures, and it definitely turned out to be a hit. She was so upset when it was over that I had to restart it for her.

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the best overview of greek myths

I first read this book when I was about 7 and listened to the tapes on long trips with my parents. I was ecstatic to find the audio book on audible as the tapes have long since been lost. These versions of the myths manage to be child appropriate while not having been stripped of their more colorful characters and moments. Highly recommended both the print book and this recording for anyone at any age.

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  • claudia
  • 03-11-15

It's godly man

Lublijubli know what I
Mean?!this is a great story with heroes and gods try it and like it lol

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  • Lellet
  • 12-13-16

Zzzzzz

I love Greek Mythology but this reading did not give justice to these stories. The performances were unenthusiastic and often monotone.