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Mythago Wood

Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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A bit too 'boy's-own adventure' for me.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I didn't finish it, it was all men and the women mentioned were either excluded from the action and/or dead/ethereal. Am tired of this kind of world, it is not one I want to spend any more time in.

What three words best describe Rupert Degas’s voice?

Superb x 3.

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An unusual fantasy

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.

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  • Atalpu
  • 21-08-2018

Great book, excellent performance!

Finally, Mythago Wood. Robert Holdstock’s classic tale presented as an audiobook with the wonderful Rupert Degas commissioned to do the narration. Let’s hope Orion/Audible will produce the remaining Mythago books as well!

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  • Robyn
  • 23-02-2017

ok

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)

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  • K
  • 26-07-2015

Creative and refreshing.

What made the experience of listening to Mythago Wood the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mythago Wood?

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.

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is intriguing, certainly.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Hudson
  • 16-11-2018

Brilliant story, expertly read.

Such a mysterious and beautifully told story, matched only by the skill and inventiveness of the reader. PLEASE audible commission the same team to do the sequel.

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  • Miles
  • 21-06-2016

Excellent book , read narration

I read this book years ago and loved it. The story is superb and the narration excellent.

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  • Robin Brown
  • 17-06-2015

great listen....

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

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  • Miss Jasmin Wells
  • 25-07-2019

good book

bit slow at first but improved.

rupert Degas is awesome narrator. one of my favs!

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  • Allain Goodlet
  • 08-02-2019

Great listen

The story was very well written but the narrator brought it all to life. I’ve listened to many audio books and can honestly say Rupert Degas has such a range of voices that brings each and every character alive.

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  • Mrs. A. Jardine
  • 10-01-2019

Excellent book, great narration

Not just a straight fantasy, certainly, one built from pieces of many British myths and legends, and with an incorporation of British history too, all told in a way that uses themes and atmospheres from horror as well as fantasy. Beautiful writing. Come on Audible, more Holdstock please.

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  • J. L. Lawrence
  • 27-06-2018

Journey to a mystical land

A dark tale of hubris and jealousy at to the back drop of a mystical land in the heart of a small wood

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  • Paradrew
  • 03-10-2017

An old favourite.

My dad bought me this book when I was around 15 and I've loved the story since then. I was delighted to find it on Audible all these years later, read by one of my favourite narrators.
Give it a try, if you love legend and tales of the Wildwood, you won't be disappointed!