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Publisher's Summary

Being immortal is not all it once was. Yes, the 12 Greek gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London town house - and are none too happy about it. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.

For Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator), and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic), there's no way out: until a meek cleaner, Alice, and her would-be boyfriend, Neil, turn their world literally upside down.

When what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills, Alice and Neil are caught in the cross fire, and they must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed, but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

Gods Behaving Badly is that rare thing: a charming, funny, utterly original first novel that satisfies the head and the heart.

©2007 Marie Phillips (P)2008 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Fanciful, humorous and charming, this satire is as sweet as nectar." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Delightful fantasy

My first thought when I started to listen to this book was that the author deserved at least 3 stars for coming up with the idea of the old Greek Gods alive and living, if not well, in London. The reader does an excellent job and I thought it was one of the more delightful books I have listened to in a while. Perhaps not as good as "A Dirty Job" but the first half was funny enough to have me laughing out loud as I listened.

The second half was more serious, but a change was probably needed to get the characters out of the situations they were in after the first half.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to something light and who is willing to suspend belief enough to consider a world where one Greek god has become a Christian and where others act as a collection of spolied children. I thought it was great.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • Kanata, Ontario, Canada
  • 11-19-08

Fun Classical Immersion

Great use of the Greek gods in a fun, fun story. Neil and Alice are well-drawn characters with a great sense of love and friendship. Narrator is excellent, voicing each of the gods with their unique personality and delivering a real sense of restraint and decorum to Alice and Neil. Loved it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Plain and simply enjoyable

Nothing deep, nothing earth-shattering, just plain enjoyable. I listened to this one straight through, many times laughing-out-loud to the dismay of my co-workers. If you like Robert Asprin, Spider Robinson or Terry Pratchett you will like this book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice
  • Lindsay, TX, USA
  • 03-07-09

Very amusing!

It's a new twist on an old story! Reminded me a little of wicked. The narrator was very entertaining. I especially liked that the gods didn't act very god-like. All of their gifts and talents had turned into burdens!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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slow to start with a strong finish

slow start, but it really picks about about half way through and is great from there

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Funny and different

This book takes the Greek Gods and puts them in modern times. They are just trying to exist since most people do not worship them anymore. They are losing their powers and have to live together. It's funny and interesting for anyone who has an interest in Greek mythology. AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Cute

Super cute story that goes just like you'd expect. The male voices were a bit weird at first but over time it was fine.

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Enjoyable!

Loved the concept, and execution of the story. Quirky and sweet, the main characters are a bit overstated, but in a comedic way. The narrator wasn't my favorite at first, but adds a goofy value when you get used to her.
I definitely recommend it!

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Epic! Magical! Funny!

I love this book and wish for infinite sequels =)

Marie, you're a genius! Thank you.

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love this book!

This book is such a fun book and such an easy listen. I highly recommend it! whimsical and charming, it will delight as you fall in love with Alice and Neil. The God and Goddess aspect adds to its charm. Just a great book!

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