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Heroes

Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 15 hrs
5 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)
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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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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!

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

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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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Fantastic Fry, as always

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

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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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Just as wonderfully written as Mythos x

This is a must READ if you can, in my opinion. Unfortunately I cant x I adore Stephen Fry, his writing, his wit, his voice etc. and I loved this book 100% x Sadly after the wonderfully hypnotic reading of the first part of this trilogy - Mythos - Heroes was for some reason interpreted with accents of the Brisith Isles?!? My body and soul relaxing to Stephens dulcet tones and my thoughts in the Greek Islands were all to often suddenly disturbed by the King Ian Paisley or a bad version of my Glaswegian Dad and it sat very uncomfortably with me. Why?!? Xx Even though, you still can not the fault the great writing of great stories and I look forward to Troy with great anticipation xxx

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kazzakirk
  • 02-12-2018

Just as wonderfully written as Mythos x

This is a must READ if you can, in my opinion. Unfortunately I cant x I adore Stephen Fry, his writing, his wit, his voice etc. and I loved this book 100% x Sadly after the wonderfully hypnotic reading of the first part of this trilogy - Mythos - Heroes was for some reason interpreted with accents of the Brisith Isles?!? My body and soul relaxing to Stephens dulcet tones and my thoughts in the Greek Islands were all to often suddenly disturbed by the King Ian Paisley or a bad version of my Glaswegian Dad and it sat very uncomfortably with me. Why?!? Xx Even though, you still can not the fault the great writing of great stories and I look forward to Troy with great anticipation xxx

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!

41 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Performance
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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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kazzakirk
  • 02-12-2018

Just as wonderfully written as Mythos x

This is a must READ if you can, in my opinion. Unfortunately I cant x I adore Stephen Fry, his writing, his wit, his voice etc. and I loved this book 100% x Sadly after the wonderfully hypnotic reading of the first part of this trilogy - Mythos - Heroes was for some reason interpreted with accents of the Brisith Isles?!? My body and soul relaxing to Stephens dulcet tones and my thoughts in the Greek Islands were all to often suddenly disturbed by the King Ian Paisley or a bad version of my Glaswegian Dad and it sat very uncomfortably with me. Why?!? Xx Even though, you still can not the fault the great writing of great stories and I look forward to Troy with great anticipation xxx

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful