• Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,498 ratings)

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Mythos

By: Stephen Fry
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Editorial reviews

From beloved author and commentator Stephen Fry comes a deep and riveting exploration of some of the greatest myths ever told. In Mythos, Fry recounts some of the most compelling stories in mythology — from classic favourites to lesser known myths they definitely didn’t cover in your childhood classroom. 

It’s no secret that Stephen Fry is a masterful storyteller: he’s one of the most well-known and beloved writers, actors, comedians and presenters of our time. He takes the performance skills he honed on programs like Fry and Laurie and the authorial chops he mastered writing gems including The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar to craft this educational, entertaining and electrifying work that makes ancient tales more relevant and exciting than ever. 

Publisher's summary

Step into another world - of magic, mayhem, monsters and maniacal gods - in Stephen Fry's momentous Sunday Times and Audible best seller, Mythos.

Discover Stephen Fry's magnificent retelling of the greatest myths and legends ever told....

No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.

In Stephen Fry's vivid retelling, we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld.

Shiver in fear when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments.

Listen with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

Read by Stephen Fry himself, Mythos captures these extraordinary myths for our modern age - in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

If you're enthralled by the magic of Greek mythology you'll love Fry's follow-up books Heroes and Troy, with tales of mortals and monsters, quests and adventures.

©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A head-spinning marathon of legends." (Guardian)

"Wit and erudition are impressively evident in Stephen Fry's idiosyncratic retelling of the myths of the Greek gods.... He adds fascinating philological glosses and cultural references." (The Times)

"Fry exhibits prodigious learning, a great facility with words, and enormous erudition and enthusiasm." (Mail on Sunday)

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Absolutely delightful to listen to

Stephen Fry is truly a genius. Not only are the stories brilliantly and artfully written, but Stephen's narration of the stories is utterly sublime.

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Wonderful and Fun

Obviously the subject matter isn’t new, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable rendition of the myths of Ancient Greece. In a compelling-yet-playful way Fry tells not only the stories, but the context of these tales in modern life: the relationship between methane and the god of wine;, the origins of the bee’s sting.

It’s also quite digestible, but most of all fun.

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Modernized easy-listening version of old tales

Do not expect anything "new" about the well-known Greek myths that are retold here. But do expect them to get a slightly "updated" tone, modernized pace and some tongue-in-cheek side-comments by the story-teller (or "author" if you will).
Stephen Fry does a nice job on that. He is not the world's greatest dramatic writer, so some of the stories come with quite some lengths that make you wish for an editor to cut, cut, cut. But Stephen's enthusiasm well carries you through it. That is if you like his style ...

The book starts with the creation of "the world" (universe, actually) and ends with the story of Midas (the guy with the "Golden Touch"), so it is NOT a "complete" collection of all the myths and stories available in the vast pool of Greek mythology. It is a good enough excerpt, though, if you want to grasp the patterns and the overall "tone" of those stories (most of which can be found in other peoples' mythologies in respective form anyway).

What I liked about this approach is the complete neglection of any academic expectations. Stephen Fry makes it quite clear that you neither need any prerequisites to enjoy the book nor will you gain any "insight" into the stories' "meaning", be it literary or sociological or etymological. He does hint at some words or expression derived from character names mentioned in the stories, but does not go into any further depths. This gives the book a "light-hearted" touch and makes it easy to listen to while on the road or in bed or under the shower or ...

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Nice selection of myths, perfect narration

What did you love best about Mythos?

Honestly, I bought this book because I really enjoy anything read by Stephen Fry. For me, he sets the standard of excellence of how a book should be read and voices should be played. I will buy almost anything read by him and listen to it several times (specially the Harry Potter series).

Also, I like greek myths a lot and was curious to know which myths Stephen had chosen and how would he write about them or interpret them. I really liked how he started from the beginning according to greek myth and then chooses some interesting stories along the way, always keeping it light and fun. This is the perfect book for someone that likes mythology or is curious about it mainly for entertainment and a little bit of learning about the impact of those myths in today's vocabulary or expressions.

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Oh Mr. Fry, is there anything you can't do?

I'm not sure if there is anyone in the world that could bring these myths and legends to live in the same way as Stephen Fry did in his book Mythos. Such natural storytelling, such lovely little detours, sidenotes, and other embellishments. How can one not love this book? It's magical. Gorgeous. Wonderful. Magnificent.

In short: the absolute best way to enjoy these classic tales.

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The book is charming, entertaining and a good read

Stephen Fry's peformance and reading of this book is charming in the way he portrays both the gods and the humans in these myths.

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Didn't want it to end

This was my first audiobook ever and I'm so glad I started with this one. It wasn't too heavy (as long as you don't try to remember all the names introduced) and each story was as interesting as the last. Stephen Fry's voice variations during dialogues often made me smile while riding the public trains of Tokyo. I definitely recommend this to those who are curious about Greek mythology.

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Simply Superb

I had an absolute blast listening to this Stephen Fry performance. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and since it is not a novel and there is not a single story line or plot, I think that has a lot of merit. If you are into History, Mythology or just curious in general, you must pick this up.

The ancient Greek world is fascinating in itself and to put their beliefs into perspective, through their mythology, really helps understand better how they were and how much influence they have had throughout history.

Stephen Fry is just a delight to listen to, his way of putting a personality to each character is on point and really makes the whole ride that much enjoyable. I don't think the book would be the same without him. I'm already exploring more of his titles for my next credit!

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¡Brilliant!

Perfect book to listen. A very interesting and compelling re-telling of the Myths that still influence our daily lives. Mr. Fry, flawless as ever, brings these characters to life, in the most entertaining way, providing modern context for younger readers.

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Starts out great but drags on

I struggle to finish this book since the last couple of hours are not very interesting at all.

The book starts out great and is a blast for the first 5-8 hours

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