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Publisher's Summary

Compiled by American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer Hamilton Wright Mabie, here is a fantastic collection of classic legends from ancient mythology, The classical work of Hawthorne has been generously drawn upon. Included are "Three Golden Apples"; "Pomegranate Seeds"; "Chimera"; "Golden Touch"; "Gorgon's Head"; "Dragon's Teeth"; "Miraculous Pitcher"; "Paradise of Children"; "Cyclops"; "Argonauts"; "Giant Builder"; "How Odin Lost His Eye"; "Quest of the Hammer"; "Apples of Idun"; "Death of Balder"; and "Star and the Lily".

Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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C'mon people, pronounciaction!

This is DISGRACEFUL! Gross mispronunciations! Chapter 2- Pluto kidnaps Persephone, (per-SEF-a-nee) NOT per-SERP-a-nuh. All through the myth! Per-SERP-a-nuh! Over and over!

Some other gross error in Chapter 1 too. Not bothering with any of the rest of it.

Who directs these things?! Do 5 minutes of research!!! The poor reader!

Scripts of Chapters 1&2 were fine, but jeeze... you just can't get past the pronounciaction!

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Interesting stories. Pretentious writing

The author uses words like "hither" and "thither," for no apparent reason. If he's trying to impress someone with that, it just doesn't work--and this is a book for kids? The author lost all credibility for me by writing that someone "ejaculated" words at someone. What's wrong with using "said" or "yelled" instead?

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good

good but some of the Greek and Roman myths weren't accurate I know cause I have studied Greek and Roman myths

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Terrific narration good choice of myths

Currently this book is being played for the third time. It's unanimous - liked by kids and adults. The narrator is a delight!
Now that the children are a little older, they're able to sit quietly for longer stretches of time - this is the kind of "chapter book" they enjoy. This coming summer we'll be taking some fairly long car trips. This collection is one I'll be pleased to have along.

Only one negative - at times too much new vocabulary especially when there are so many unfamiliar names and places. This is one book we'll not be able to listen to straight through. At least not until the myths are understood and known.


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because there is sooo much new vocabulary in some of the myths. Well-chosen story perhaps but we almost lose the story in finding out the meaning of new words. In "Joseph and The Golden Fleece" for example, the sentence just played had five vocabulary words. One sentence five new words - that's a lot to expect for the kids! Given unfamiliar names and places even the adults can lose the story.

Really enjoyed this collection but would choose easier versions of the story.

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Interesting

I do not think today's youth would know these old stories...Thor and Loki? Yes. Jason and the Argo and gold fleece? No. I liked the narrators voice. Stories were interesting.

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I enjoy this audiobook very much

I love Greek mythology and this audiobook has some story’s in it that I have never herd before!

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Look up the pronunciations

Narrator has a great, soothing voice; perfect for bed time stories. However, she really needed to look up some of the pronunciations. The ones in the Norse stories are particularly painful to listen to.

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The words are being correctly used

The other reviewer is not familiar with classically written stories of “yesteryear”
The modern perverse use of “ejaculated” is no fault of the author and the audience should have a good understanding of word use.