Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Mythago Wood is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the 20th century.
Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged. Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable... and stronger than time itself.
Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity....
©1984 Robert Holdstock (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
It is a refreshing fantasy, in that it is very different to anything else I have come across. The plot is rich and dense, and there are layers to the story that will probably become apparent on a second read. Because it is such an unusual story, I believe I was less accepting of the fact that I did not find the ending satisfying. It felt like an incomplete emotional arch of at least one of the characters.
Rupert Degas' narration feels perfect.
A reasonable fantasy. It drew on so many different legends and myths that at time it felt a little bit directionless.....and I'm still not sure I "get" the whole basis for the mythagos.
Not completely disappointed I used a credit on it, but I very much doubt I'd ever listen to it again. (whereas I revisit Sanderson / Rothfuss/ Abercrombie books happily)
"Creative and refreshing."
The fact that this is described as 'fantasy' gave me pre-conceptions about the plot which I am pleased to say were very happily challenged. An unexpectedly engaging book.
The moment I realised I was listening to a book very different from, but not worse for being utterly different to, the one I was expecting.
As always, his different accents for the different characters makes the book stand out as a dramatic performance rather than just one that is read to you.
It is intriguing, certainly.
It is a book that doesn't really sit very well under any 'genre'; it has elements of myth, fantasy, mystery among others, so buy it and listen with an open mind.
enchanting story with fantastic narration, if you like Neil Gaiman, John Connolly's book of lost things, you will like this tale of the woods
"great idea not sure it worked"
i really loved the idea of this book but it felt rushed and incomplete. after the detail of the characters and myths was described the story felt lacking and the authors winding storyline unfinished. the performance was good i just felt underwhelming by the content
This was the book that showed me fantasy could be good. Forgot about the later books, this is the first and the best.
Narration was good, the narrator sounded like Richard Burton at times, listened at x1.5 playback speed.
"Holdstock at his atmospheric best."
Intriguing, imaginative and highly original. Eagerly awaiting the rest of the series on Audible, to continue the journey.
"fabulous deep storytelling"
loved this book. Anyone with a passing interest in myth and legend should experience this.
Rupert Degas is a master narrator and is the reason I first downloaded this book. Glad I did.
"Excellent book , read narration"
I read this book years ago and loved it. The story is superb and the narration excellent.
"Rather immature; struggled to finish"
This was one of those books where you feel like you're waiting for some kind of development that never comes. A kind of schoolboy's immature romantic dream - I wasn't sure if that was entirely down to the author's undeveloped craft, or if it was a product of its time - perhaps both.
Very decent performance by the narrator though.
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