Author/narrator: Stephen Fry
Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/Mythology/Retelling/Short Stories
First published: 2017
Edition: Audio book
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. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Not only does Fry has a style of narrating stories that makes me happy, the way he tells these familiar Greek myths is very familiar and comforting.
Fry manages to wrestle these myths into bite size chunks without compromising on their essence. Of course he weaves in some of his wit and dry observations, but he does so without compromising on the stories. In fact, his modern observation serve to highlight how relevant these myths still are.
As an audio book this worked very well. I enjoyed having these myths told to me rather than reading them. I did read along at times and the pictures in the physical book were an extra bonus.
If you are interested in Greek myths, but do not know them that well, this is a great place to start. If you already very familiar with these myths, I am not sure this book will add anything major to your understanding of them.
For me personally , it was a very good listen and it got me interested in reading about some of the myths in more detail.
6 out of 7 stars