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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. 

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Step into another world - of magic, mayhem, monsters and maniacal gods - in Stephen Fry’s momentous Sunday Times best-seller Mythos, brought to you by Penguin.

Lose yourself in the wonder of Greek myths in Stephen Fry's vivid retelling of the ancient classics.

Marvel in awe at the wise Athena as she is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus.

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 - in Fry’s tantalising and magical narration.

©2017 Stephen Fry (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

Commentaires

"Fry’s distinctive voice undoubtedly adds something lively, humorous and intimate to myth’s psychological dimension." (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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Passionnant et tellement bien lu

Ce livre est passionnant. Pour avoir appris par coeur une encyclopédie sur l'histoire des mythes grecs, le contenu ne m'est pas inconnu mais je l'ai re-découvert avec plaisir. Les histoires sont racontées avec talent et humour. J'adore la manière dont tous ces récits sont rapportés à l'étymologie. Stephen Fry possède une voix très particulière, agréable et ronde et il sait parfaitement la mettre au profit du récit. Et cet anglais qui parfait ! Franchement, c'était excellent !

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Delightful in every way.

I have always loved greek mythology but with the addition of Fry's twist it's just amazing. Un grand moment.

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Mythos by Stephen Fry

Loved it. It will definitely stays on my list of favourites! Love to listen to more titles from Stephen Fry.

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Du grand Stephen Fry (comme d'habitude)

Sur le fond, c'est une compilation assez complète des grands récits de la mythologie grecque, de la création du monde au roi Midas en passant par la Titanomachie et les récits des tours cruels joués aux humains par les Dieux... Sur la forme, Stephen Fry livre (comme de coutume) une interprétation absolument magistrale de son livre (après tout, on n'est jamais aussi bien servi que par soi-même), avec une diction parfaite qui facilite grandement la compréhension quand on est pas totalement bilingue ! Il connait et aime le sujet et on sent qu'il s'investit dans la lecture, avec par moment des "pics d'intensité" qui feraient presque penser qu'on est en train d'écouter un grand roman d'aventures ! :) Bref, un sans-faute, que je ne peux que conseiller aux anglophones fans de mythologie grecque !

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Epic

I rarely write reviews is books, but this could not be remain unsaid. An excellent book thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Stephen Fry us unequalled as a narrator and the stories are spellbinders. Don't hesitate.

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An Absolute Delite

Stephen Fry's narration is lively, he guides you in unexpected places with a rythme which swiftly catches your attention - being an ADHD adult, That makes quite the compliment ! - I was glad to learn of new tales, as he doesn't fall into traps of religiously retelling what was told as such. But he brings his touch and spin, flare, without getting repetitive. He knows where he goes.

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Brilliant, Witty and Exceptionally Fry-esque

An addictively witty reconstruction of the initial major stories of grecian mythology intertwined with illuminating commentary. I thouroughly enjoyed this audio book and highly recommend it for both those familiar, as well as the uninitiated, with Greek myth.

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2500 year old stories still alive and kicking.

Superbly written and read. Ancient stories that explain so much about our culture still. This book connects the modern firmly in the roots of the ancient. Things I should know or vaguely did know brought into exquisite relief by clear and poetic eloquence. The gods, having been dormant since my grandmother stopped recounting the tales to me, became more alive and more real than ever. Will be a repeat listen for sure. Highly recommend it to all.

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Amazing storytelling of entertaining mythology

I am not a mythology nor a history fan. However, this audiobook was a fantastic find as an entertaining ‘read’ to get away from the daily routine. Stephen Fry is quite literally the best storyteller I know of. He really brings the stories to life in an incredible way and I will be looking for further books written/read by him (perhaps a sequel coming with more stories or norse mythology?). A definite suggestion for anyone looking for a good disconnect and a smile upon their face. In short, thank you Mr. Fry!

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amazing audiobook

Mr Fry is an amazing narrator, I for sure would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Barbara
  • 23/05/2019

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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  • Marc
  • 10/05/2018

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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  • RomulusRom
  • 04/06/2019

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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  • Lars Andre Glendrange
  • 19/12/2018

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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  • Christopher McGrath
  • 17/05/2018

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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  • Daniel Banks
  • 05/08/2019

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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  • nelgut
  • 31/07/2019

¡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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  • 02/04/2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/01/2019

Brilliantly read, could have been shorter!

Good book, brilliantly read by everyone’s favourite - Stephen Fry. The start that outlines how the world, the Titans, and the olympians came to be is thoroughly enjoyable. I personally got very bored toward the end though, where lesser, shorter stories were told about kings being tricked by gods - first few were ok, but on the 20th I was losing interest. I also found that certain other parts of Greek myth was missing (stories of the Titans were sparse). More a personal preference thing though! Overall a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17/11/2018

Best book in my Audible collection by far.

The dialogues were vibrant and it never dragged on. Fry is a wonderful narrator and finally puts alot of these stories in chronological order which makes your imagination run wild. The dialogues the information the voices-everything is top notch. i listened to this book over the span of 3 months on cars trains on the street and waiting for friends to show up. i found myself activelly anticipating my university commute to listen to it. It will be a valuable companion to anyone who wishes to spend his time enjoyably

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  • Jan Onderwater aus NL
  • 17/03/2018

Herrliches Hörbuch

Das Hörbuch von Stephan Fry, Mythos, gelesen von Fry selber ist einsame klasse. Er hat die klassische griechische Mythologie neu geschrieben und vorgelesen, also, nicht die Erzählung geändert, oder die Geschichte an sich, aber ein neuen Text geschrieben. Er erzählt nicht nur die Geschichten, aber erklärt die auch, und ergänzt die mit Kommentar und zusätzliche Information. Namen von Planeten, Elemente, Krankheiten, Ausdrucke und Redewendungen werden erklärt. Es ist eine wahre Schatztruhe. Ich war schon längere zeit auf die suche nach ein schönes Hörbuch mit klassische Mythologie, und war sehr erfreut mit dieses. Kann es jeden raten der sich interessiert in Mythologie oder sein Englisch verbessern will. Sein Englisch ist sehr Britisch, und sehr gut zu verstehen. Selten so einen Audiobuch Genuss gehabt.
Stephen Fry ist in D wahrscheinlich nicht sehr bekannt, aber er ist weltberühmt in UK als Schauspieler, Quizmaster, Komiker und als Schriftsteller. Er ist ein sehr beliebter Hörbuchvorleser, Seine Version von Harry Potter ist großartig.
NB, Leider Kein Herakles/Hercules dabei

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04/12/2017

Mythos

Fantastic read. Very funnily told. It is remarkable how Mr Fry captures the sense of these myths and provides modern analogies

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  • Margit Seeberger
  • 06/01/2018

Ohrenschmaus

Aufschlussreich, unterhaltsam und ein Vergnügen die klare und angenehme Stimme von Stephen Fry zu hören.

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  • Caroline H.
  • 30/04/2019

excellent entertaining and informative

loved this book filled with S Fry's charm wit and humour. a real treat for eveeyone

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  • User1
  • 24/11/2020

Sehr empfehlenswert

Stephen Fry lieb ich sowieso, vor allem wegen seiner Synchronisation der Harry Potter - Reihe. Da ich mich seit kurzem auch für griechische Mythen interessiere, war es natürlich klar, dass ich dieses Hörbuch auch haben muss. Als Einsteiger in diese Thematik, war das Hörbuch für mich sehr informativ. Natürlich ist es auch gleichermaßen unterhaltsam gestaltet. Stephen Fry erweckt die Mythen richtig zum Leben und haucht auch jeder Figur Leben ein, wenn er sie spricht und dabei den Figuren sprachliche Eigenarten zuweist. So kann man gut folgen und die Geschichten bleiben auch gut im Gedächtnis. Insgesamt 5 Sterne und eine warme Weiterempfehlung!:)

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  • gm
  • 12/10/2020

Very entertaining

Mr. Fry is my favourite voice when it comes to audiobooks. it's quite difficult to remember all the names he mentions but other than the story ist very entertaining and you'll be able to learn a lot about the present.

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  • Torge Bergmann
  • 11/10/2020

I wish there were 20h more to hear.

All a good story of myth requires. The gods themselves would have loved it. Such a marvellous narrator.

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  • K. Koehler
  • 25/09/2020

Großartig

Wirklich eine sehr gelungene Neuinterpretation der griechischen Mythen, lustig und lehrreich. Genial geschrieben und gelesen von Stephen Fry!

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 17/07/2020

tolles Hörbuch

Griechische Mythologie spannend erzählt. Stephen Fry ist einer der besten Erzähler! Ihm kann ich stundenlang zuhören

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  • Oruboros
  • 07/07/2020

Genial

Stephen Fry ist als Erzähler kaum zu übertreffen. Die Geschichten werden spannend, humorvoll und zeitgemäß wiedergegeben. Einige Erläuterungen zur kontemporären Verwendung von Namen und Begriffen haben mich laut lachen lassen, ich denke insbesondere an Narziss(m)us. Ein Buch, welches man immer wieder neu hören kann. Dank der klaren britischen Sprechweise von SF kann man die Geschichte auch sicher gut verstehen, wenn das eigene Englisch noch ausbaufähig ist.