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Heroes

Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hrs
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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for best audiobook in the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.    

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry.

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 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.  

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • jan
  • Southern Australia
  • 22-02-2019

I loved it so much after reading it I purchased the audio

What a lucky generation we are to have Stephen Fry! I read this book and loved it then listened to the audio sample and loved Stephen’s readings. His voice impersonations are awesome, if you listen carefully you’ll recognise Billy Connelly, John Cleese, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Palin, Miriam Margoyles and many more. I listen to this over and over

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  • Silvia
  • 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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  • Yulia Nikolaeva
  • 29-12-2018

An engaging continuation of Mythos

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

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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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  • 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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  • Anubhuti
  • 07-02-2019

Charming delight

This was a wonderful audiobook. Thoroughly enjoyed the narration by the brilliant Stephen Fry. I remember reading and making a class presentation about the Labours of Hercules when I was 12 and it was a lot of fun to be reminded of all the stories and legends I vaguely remembered.
It was equal parts humorous , informative and entertaining.
Next book: Mythos

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  • Zainab
  • 22-01-2019

Compelling, captivating and highly intresting

I loved this book and Stephen Fry's story telling just captivates you, I didn't want to the book to finish!

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  • kevin
  • 21-01-2019

Excellent

another amazing performance from Stephen fry. can't wait for his next one... narration excellent as usual

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  • melville
  • 15-01-2019

Greek mythology at its best

What is there not to love?

1: Greek Mythology & 2: The melodic voice of Stephen Fry!

I listened to this, mainly during my daily commute, and actually found myself wishing for traffic so that I could listen to it a bit longer!

If you are a fan of Mythology, adventure or the incredible Mr Fry, then Heroes is an absolute must! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Keren
  • 14-01-2019

Enjoyed so so much!!

I enjoy listening to anything Stephen Fry reads, so naturally I also enjoyed this book. Greek mythology has always been one of my favorites and Stephen just has a wonderful way of delivering it in this book. I deeply recommend listening. couldn't wait driving to listen more!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-2019

Stephen Fry is as amazing as ever

Fry's expressive narration makes the myths come alive. The book is a great way to learn about some of the foundational stories of European culture, while having fun at the same time. I found myself smiling widely on multiple occasions as a result of Fry's humorous retelling of the stories.

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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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  • Ben Foster
  • 09-11-2018

Match made by Zeus

It's just so awesome to listen to stephen talk about greek heroes and gods, happily recommend this to history buffs, knowledge seekers and especially Stephen fans. I really hope he has plans for even more!

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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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  • 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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  • Sam Jones
  • 29-11-2018

Heroes is the only Greek heroes book you need

A brilliant follow up to the Stephen Fry Mythos book. A stand alone book as well as part of a series. Cannot wait till part three arrives!

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  • Andrea
  • 21-11-2018

Absolutely fantastic!

Stephen Fry, one more time brilliantly excites all the senses. Amizingly written and performed. So inspiring for an artist!

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  • Siobhan
  • 11-11-2018

Fantastic Fry, as always

Well written and beautifully narrated. I could have listened to the whole thing straight through

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  • James T
  • 11-11-2018

Fantastic

I have loved everything steven fry does for audible! This was no exception, you can really lose yourself in the world of greek heroes.

Look forward to the next one. Highly reccomend!

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  • D. Jackson
  • 28-11-2018

Wonderful with slightly dodgy accents

A wonderful book with a great narrator. Just a pity Stephen couldn't resist from some dodgy accents - Scots was never his strong point!

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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!