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Publisher's Summary

Enter the monstrous and magical world of Stephen Fry's Sunday Times best seller Heroes, brought to you by Penguin.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Specsavers audiobook award.

Imagine sandals on your feet, a sword in your hand and the hot sun beating down on your helmet. Enter the world of Stephen Fry's Sunday Times best seller, 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 best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

©2018 Stephen Fry (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best...the gods will be pleased." (Times

"Assured and engaging. The pace is lively, the jokes are genuinely funny." (Guardian)

"An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit." (Evening Standard

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amazing from start to end!

absolute pleasure listening to this book. As always Stephen Fry delivered another great book. looking forward to the Trojan war.

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I wish I could give it 6 stars

Wonderful whimsical story telling by Stephen Fry at his best. I enjoyed it even more than Mythos and I cant wait to read the third installment.

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brilliant stories and narration!

i dont know how many times Fry made me laugh out loud as i sat in a train or walked along the road. the accents...Welsh, Scots, yorkshire to name a few...were brilliant. cant wait for the next book on the Trojans.

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Great bedtime story telling

Loved the flow and rhythm and content and Stephen’s reading of it
Loved the asides and connections to the present day
Loved the explanations of relationship and anachronisms
Loved it all!

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Perfect gift and a delight to listen to

Worth every second. Beautifully read. Wonderful retelling of heroic myths. Can’t wait for the next book in Stephen Fry’s series...

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Only multiple listening will do this justice

Steven fry could adapt a take-away menu to a novel and I would listen to it on repeat.

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always a pleasure

I adore this series, and it's always a pleasure when I can tune out the word and enjoy this fabulous book.

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awesome. it has been a pleasure to listen to this

awesome. it has been a pleasure to listen to this book and I hope there are more

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Glorious anthology, crisp, colourful and tragic

a beautiful anthology that can only serve to inspire yet more amazing heroes to come

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Amazing!

Perfect book for anyone who loves Greek mythology and hero’s! Only wished there was more!

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  • 03-11-2018

Wonderful

Truly enjoyable, both the story and the narration are perfect. This book goes deeper and more detailed into ancient Greek stories than any other book I've ever read. Surely recommend to anyone interested in Greek mythology.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-2019

Pure magic. Stephen Fry is transcendent.

Both the story and narrative are excellent! It was a very special experience to revisit the ancient Greek universe. I wish Stephen Fry could have been my history teacher. And English teacher. And art teacher. And... well, you get the idea

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  • Yulia Nikolaeva
  • 29-12-2018

An engaging continuation of Mythos

This book's subject is the lives and deeds of Greek heroes. The narration is (as always) brilliant, and the plot is most engaging. Recommended to anyone struggling with original Greek sources on heroes but interested in Greek hero myths. The stories are spiced with humour and drama but remain faithful to the original. Fry sometimes offers insight into how different heroes reflected changes in Greek society over time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2020

An Exceptional Performance

Stephen Fry’s telling of the quests and sometimes unfortunate adventures of Greek Heroes and Demi-gods is unlike any other in the category. Whilst not a comprehensive collection of scholarly work, these tales are filled with a brilliant balance between wit, humour and mythology, as well as a perfect performance from Fry himself.

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  • Minol De Silva
  • 09-03-2019

Loved it!!!

Found it fascinating to listen, put a slot of colour to the stories I have read and heard on Greek myths.

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  • Mina H.
  • 10-05-2022

worth it

I love stephens voice and after finding out he made books as well I got all of them and I really enjoy his mythology series (he's got a few) and I'd suggest getting them all

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  • David Holmes
  • 13-02-2022

Just as great as Mythos!

More of Mr Fry's jovial but infinitely rich adaptations of the Greek myths that center on the heroes, from Perseus to Theseus via Heracles, and all the others that were added between the stage production and the book. Hey, we do not know what regional Greek accents sounded like, so why not cockneys and Aberdonian lumberjacks?

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  • Louis Shaffer
  • 29-12-2021

Egads! Ruined myths!

I love Greek mythological. I really like Steven Frye. However, this “colloquial” retelling of the fabulous stories is a travesty!

I am returning this for a credit. Shame on whoever thought that telling such important and noble tales in this way was a good idea!

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  • RVG
  • 15-11-2021

Like a night around the fire

Only Stephen Fry can tell the stories of classical heroes in a way that’s understandable and appealing to the highest degree, for audiences molded through sitcoms, video games and streaming.

Many times I have laughed and wondered with the vivid visualization of the many histories he tells by himself. And, honestly, I could also picture myself as one more in the audiences that may have listened to the myths thousands of years ago in Ancient Greece: a cool, pleasant night, under the stars and around a fire; completely under the rapture of the man giving life to the story by means of tradition mixed with his own decorations and flourishes. In this sense, the book made me stop and do nothing but carefully pay attention and get lost in the story.

Don’t look into Mr.Fry’s books searching for academic accuracy or detailed study, but for the enjoyment of the artistic side of Greek myths as what they are: stories of human raise and failure, life, virtues and flaws.

One small suggestion: listen to the book instead of reading it. It’s double the fun. Trust me, I know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-2021

Another masterpiece

I would listen to any book narrated by Stephen Fry. Even more so, one that he has authored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-2019

Great Book, Shame about the poor navigation

Mythos was my first audiobook and was in many ways the perfect place to start. Heroes was my second audiobook and for some reason the creators didn't see fit to carry over the use of chapter titles or book sections which were so helpful in the first book. I don't really understand it as it can't possibly require that much more work just to denote each chapter with a title rather than a number. It, unfortunately, discourages relistening to the book and is in many ways more necessary in this second book as the stories unfold separately following different heroes and is less chronological than Mythos. My hope is that this will somehow at some point be fixed and that they return to chapter names for the third book. If all you care about it the story then, by all means, go ahead and buy this audiobook, i just felt i would voice my opinion on this small point of criticism.

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  • Simon
  • 02-11-2018

Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

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!

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  • Simon Jon Horsfall
  • 15-01-2021

Unnecessary Accents ruined the story.

Accents ruined it. Mythos was great with Stephen Fry voice just as it is, sorry but stories were ruined. Not for me I’m afraid.

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  • Simon Boon
  • 12-09-2019

Not a patch on Mythos

The bizarre decision to put such awful accents to the characters made this audio book almost unlistenable. I have enjoyed all of Mr Fry’s audio books save for this one.

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  • David Smith
  • 01-05-2019

Rather disappointing

I love the stories from Greek mythology but I can’t help but feel underwhelmed with this one. I agree with others that are unhappy with the accents chosen for a lot of the characters. Also, I just couldn’t loose myself in some of the stories like I usually do... and the omission of the Trojan war was annoying - I can only hope this huge tale has been left so we can do a whole book on it!

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  • Wil
  • 15-04-2019

Avoid audiobook - buy book

Stephen Fry makes Perseus sound like the village idiot...His story telling is first class, his accents ruined it for me.

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  • Calum
  • 29-11-2018

Pantomime accents nearly ruined Heroes - FryFan

I love Stephen Fry and I loved Mythos.
However the accents for the characters in Heroes are so off putting.
The young Perseus sounds like a cast member from Last of the Summer Wine.
Then the Irish and the Welsh etc etc. Really made it hard for me to finish this one.

The stories are all great and it truly feels like a sequel to Mythos. I just should've read it.

I'm just a 26 year old who likes a good bedtime story.

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  • Somebody
  • 03-11-2018

WOW!! Totally worth it

Amazing book with fantastic stories and my I say Mr Fry, what a story teller he is perfect in everything and I definitely suggest mythos

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-2020

Why is Andromeda Welsh?

I absolutely loved the Mythos Audiobook so it only felt right to buy the Heroes Audiobook. I love Stephen’s performance in Mythos as well as the story but Heroes is massively disappointing by comparison.
I wish I had just bought the book and read it because Stephen’s decision to make Perseus have a Yorkshire accent and Andromeda have a West Wales accent grates my teeth when I listen to it.
The story is still very engaging though, Stephen’s passion for Greek mythology still shines through in his story telling!

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  • nathan
  • 19-03-2019

great listen though overacting at points

enjoyable and very entertaining take on the Classic greek myths, though some of the accents are a bit much (Greeks are Welsh, Irish and Scottish? I am greatful to know Perseus is from Yorkshire!) recommended regardless!

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