Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures

Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes.Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly re...

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Title:Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
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  • Kaitlin

    My second Stephen Fry mythology book in as many days (I just read Mythos and loved that) and once again it gets 5*s leading me to think maybe I should try some of Fry's other books out. I don't want to say too much more about this other than that it continues where the first book Mythos leaves off and we move from looking at the Gods themselves to looking at the Heroes and Demi-gods and offspring of Gods who are still remembered today.

    Stories such as the minataur, Hercules and more. These are a

    My second Stephen Fry mythology book in as many days (I just read Mythos and loved that) and once again it gets 5*s leading me to think maybe I should try some of Fry's other books out. I don't want to say too much more about this other than that it continues where the first book Mythos leaves off and we move from looking at the Gods themselves to looking at the Heroes and Demi-gods and offspring of Gods who are still remembered today.

    Stories such as the minataur, Hercules and more. These are all tales you may think you know, but the way Fry tells them is succinct and funny and I highly recommend his audio narration too. A brilliant little non-fiction (with a whole lot of myth and legend thrown in) and I gave it 5*s.

  • Thomas

    The second in Stephen Fry's Greek Myths series, following on from the first installment of Mythos.

    Like Mythos, avery fun and enjoyable read. Although it is part of a series it can be read and taken as a stand alone book in my opinion. If anything I enjoyed this a bit more than Mythos. As the title suggests it is a book that focuses on the Heroes of the Greek Myths. Following the likes of Herakles (Hercules), Jason, Theseus, Orpheus and Perseus to name a few.

    The stories are brought to life and

    The second in Stephen Fry's Greek Myths series, following on from the first installment of Mythos.

    Like Mythos, avery fun and enjoyable read. Although it is part of a series it can be read and taken as a stand alone book in my opinion. If anything I enjoyed this a bit more than Mythos. As the title suggests it is a book that focuses on the Heroes of the Greek Myths. Following the likes of Herakles (Hercules), Jason, Theseus, Orpheus and Perseus to name a few.

    The stories are brought to life and often I found myself chuckling along with the narrative and phrasing of the stories. I read it as part e book and audiobook, both are top notch but Stephen really brings the characters to life through the audio book. Especially with a Perseus who sounds like he's just had a pint at the Woolpack or Rovers Return .

    I am excitedly looking forward to the third and final installment which will surely be covering the Trojan Wars, can't wait to read Stephen's take on the Iliad and Odyssey. I am sure it will be at least an equal to the first two books.

  • Simon

    This is an audiobook that I simply can't recommend enough. One of British entertainment's legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style. It's a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion's share being taken by these grand old tales themselves. They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never

    This is an audiobook that I simply can't recommend enough. One of British entertainment's legends in Stephen Fry dusts off these ancient tales and breathes a contemporary form of life and colour into them in his own unique style. It's a mixture of description, a little conjecture and of course the lion's share being taken by these grand old tales themselves. They take front and center stage and while Fry cleverly interweaves background and information it never feels like anything other than being told an engaging story. Of course being Stephen we also get charming nuggets of etymology thrown into the mix as well.

    Using a fairly informal, almost irreverent approach, for example he pronounces the names of people and places as comes most easily to him, Fry brings these stories to life like few others ever could. The Gods, heroes and of course villains are given an often-missed humanity and character that is both charming and humorous.

    In fairness, although clearly a lot of personal research went into these re-tellings it's neither a comprehensive collection, more of a Greatest Hits if you will, nor is it a hugely scholarly work. However, if like me you mainly have a passing knowledge of the Greek Myths or you want to dip your toe into them for the first time this is a fabulous place to start.

    My favourite has always been Jason and his Argonauts ever since watching Don Chaffey's 1963 film as a boy. Even with this one though, the one that I'm most familiar with I learned more about the back story and how the plot developed and has been toyed with than I ever have before. Then, right at the end Stephen describes "Mythos" as a trilogy which I wasn't aware of so hopefully to match his shows there will be one more of these which will cover the Trojan war and its aftermath. I can't wait!

    So, if you want to spend some time listening to a modern legend breathing life into ancient myths, this is very much the right series!

  • Roy

    Great retelling of these Greek heroes. Fry provides his unique wit with a perfect sense of knowledge. I kind of wished I'd listened to the audiobook version as I believe that may have also been just as enjoyable.

  • Sam Obigbesan

    You can probably guess my joy when I found out that there was going to be another book in the mythos “Series” by Steven Fry with the focus shifting from the temperamental and all to often human gods of the Greek pantheon; to the heroes, quests and monster slayings happening all around mythical Greece and the then known world.

    I enjoyed every minute of it, the different stories and the sense of an overarching plot the author created. The various heroes had motivations that lead them to do what th

    You can probably guess my joy when I found out that there was going to be another book in the mythos “Series” by Steven Fry with the focus shifting from the temperamental and all to often human gods of the Greek pantheon; to the heroes, quests and monster slayings happening all around mythical Greece and the then known world.

    I enjoyed every minute of it, the different stories and the sense of an overarching plot the author created. The various heroes had motivations that lead them to do what they did and get into the kind of trouble the oracles would warn you away from. The heroes were flawed and ultimately failed or triumphed despite the insurmountable odds and their own faults. From Heracles, to Perseus, Atalanta to Medea, each of these at times tragic figures had their own place in the grand scheme of things; as well as served to advance the overarching narrative, possibly culminating with the Trojan war and its aftermath. In a possible 3rd book? One can only hope.

    As a Greek mythology geek, I very much appreciated the effort put into drawing all the not so relevant and confusing threads and stories to weave into a cohesive hole. It must have been a job and a half.

    Steven Fry’s narration of the various stories was as always versatile, entertaining and fully immersive. I don’t think I’ll forget Heracles’ northern accent, or Stheneboea’s husky voiced charm in a hurry.

    This was a 4.5 stars for me.

    Highly recommended.

    If you liked Mythos, I think you might like Heroes⋅

  • Margaret

    Stephen's retelling of the myths of Greece's heroes is a delight.

    An absolute must for anyone interested in Greek mythology.

  • Walter VDE

    After I read Mythos, I wanted the author to write about the heroes and demi-gods. With this book mr Fry delivered, again. Rumor has it that Mr Fry will tackle the Iliad next. I can't wait :-)

  • Netta

    To make a long story of cheap soap opera-esque characters who happen to be ancient heroes and gods in Fry's world short, this is an unforgivably mediocre piece of prose.

  • Nyamka Ganni

    Can't wait! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

    Mr Stephen Fry reading Heroes! (Live reading excerpt)

    He's a wizard!

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