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D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 ratings)

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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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  • BTT
  • 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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captivating

wonderful narrations! and informative for all ages. my kids loves these stories as we studied Greek mythology! highly recommend!

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Awesome Narration!

My seven year old son listened and followed along in the book for the passed two days. He was totally hooked. He said some of the parts were creepy and there was a lot of killing though. He was able to read the characters names all correctly afterward which impressed me because I didn't even know how to say some of them. Great buy!

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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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Fantastic

I highly recommend this audio for anyone. The reading is excellent. The performance is well done.

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Greek influence in our popular culture

I never realized how many references in our modern culture that we have to Greek mythology. Interesting and informative.

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This is almost a textbook on the myths

When I say textbook, I mean the stories are old stories, they don't feel like modern stories, they're short concise and you have to put them together yourself. I've probably gotten spoiled by modern takes on these stories, where everything is weaved together into one cohesive story, and there's a clear progression from point to point. A lot of these stories feel disjointed like they're part of the same cannon, but not meant to make a cohesive story. A lot of that is probably because they are disjointed stories, but that makes listening to them as one long book difficult.

Overall it's not bad, the narration is decent (I would have preferred one narrator or the narrators working as specific gods, rather than each reading a separate story), and the stories are classic literature and worth a listen, but I don't think I'll be coming back to this unless I need to quickly find a reference.

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Awful Music

I love the old myths, they are interesting. However, when you have to hear the same awful tune in between every chapter it just kills it. The voice performance was okay.

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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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  • 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.