The Myths

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The Penelopiad Publisher's Summary

In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages.

Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously.

When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and - curiously - 12 of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her 12 hanged maids, asking, "What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?"

In Atwood's dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality - and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

©2005 Margaret Atwood (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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    • The Penelopiad

    • The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Atwood- but not at her best

    • By sioux on 01-02-12

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Penelopiad

    • By: Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband was off fighting the Trojan War was not a simple business. Already aggrieved that he had been lured away due to the shocking behaviour of her beautiful cousin Helen, Penelope must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over 100 lustful, greedy, and bloodthirsty suitors at bay.... And then, when Odysseus finally returns and slaughters the murderous suitors, he hangs Penelope's 12 maids.

    Regular price: $15.71

    • Dream Angus

    • The Celtic God of Dreams: The Myths
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams - you may spot him skipping across the hills, his bag of dreams by his side. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you fall in love, for he is also the god of love, youth, and beauty. Divine Angus is cherished by all but fated to love only the beautiful Caér, swan maiden from his own dreams.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Simple and Quick Read

    • By careful shopper on 03-27-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Dream Angus

    • The Celtic God of Dreams
    • By: Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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    If he's in the right mood, divine Angus might grant you sight of your true love in a dream. You might even fall in love with him, but he'll never love you back. He's too busy making mischief, stealing the palace of the gods from his father, turning his enemies into pigs, and so forth - until he is trapped by his own romantic games, falls for an unattainable woman and is doomed to seek her forever. In 20th-century Scotland, Angus's troubled alter ego searches for his true family and identity.

    Regular price: $16.35

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    • The Myths #3
    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill, Susie Breck
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    With her typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the 21st century. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny. Visionary and inventive, yet completely believable and relevant to our lives today, Winterson's skill in turning the familiar on its head and showing us a different truth is once more put to dazzling effect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Philsophical Re-telling of a Myth

    • By Matthew Simmons on 10-03-12

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    • By: Jeanette Winterson
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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    The Myth of Atlas and Heracles retold and performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck. Condemned to shoulder the world "for ever" by the gods he dared defy, freedom seems unattainable to Atlas. But then he receives an unexpected visit from Heracles, the one man strong enough to share the burden, and it seems they can strike a bargain that might release him. Jeanette Winterson asks difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion in her dazzling retelling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles.

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    • The Helmet of Horror

    • The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur #4
    • By: Victor Pelevin
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    They have never met, they have been assigned strange pseudonyms, they inhabit identical rooms that open out onto very different landscapes, and they have entered a dialogue they cannot escape - a discourse defined and destroyed by the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant force they call Asterisk, a force for good and ill in which the Minotaur is forever present and Theseus is the great unknown.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not a story but a great philosophical exploration

    • By Paul on 09-19-15

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    • The Helmet of Horror

    • The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur
    • By: Victor Pelevin
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Ariadne helped Theseus escape the Minotaur’s labyrinth with the aid of a ball of thread, she led the way for the bewildered victims of a twenty-first century Minotaur. Trapped in an endless maze of Internet chat rooms, a group of mystified strangers find themselves assigned obscure aliases and commanded by the Helmet of Horror, the Minotaur himself.

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    • Lion's Honey

    • The Myths #5
    • By: David Grossman
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    There are few other Bible stories with so much drama and action, narrative fireworks and raw emotion, as we find in the tale of Samson: the battle with the lion; the three hundred burning foxes; the women he bedded and the one woman that he loved; his betrayal by all the women in his life, from his mother to Delilah; and, in the end, his murderous suicide, when he brought the house down on himself and 3000 Philistines.

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    • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 204
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    The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is the remarkable new piece of fiction from best-selling and famously atheistic author Philip Pullman. By challenging the events of the gospels, Pullman puts forward his own compelling and plausible version of the life of Jesus, and in so doing, does what all great books do: makes the reader ask questions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another anti-Church tour de force

    • By Darcy on 06-19-10

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    • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this ingenious and spellbinding retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the listener questions that will continue to resonate long after the final page is turned. Above all, this book is about how stories become stories.

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    • A Short History of Myth

    • The Myths
    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the "Great Western Transformation" of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good but not unabridged

    • By maggie0405 on 04-13-11

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    • A Short History of Myth

    • By: Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
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    Human beings have always been myth makers. Karen Armstrong's concise yet compelling investigation into the history of myth takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the mythology of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years.

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    • Ragnarok

    • The End of the Gods
    • By: A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
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    As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new life, whose dark, war-ravaged days feel very removed from the peace and love being preached in church and at school. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. She feels an instant kinship with these vivid, beautiful, terrifying tales of the end of the gods - they seem far more real, far more familiar during these precarious days.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a great listen!

    • By Gary on 04-22-12

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    • Ragnarok

    • The End of the Gods
    • By: A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Ragnarok is the story of the end of the world. It is a tale of destruction of life on this planet and the end of the gods themselves. What more relevant myth could any modern writer find? As the bombs rain down in the Second World War, one young girl is evacuated to the English countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new wartime life.

    Regular price: $16.35