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This second instalment in the story of the legendary hero begins with Theseus' triumphant return from Crete after slaying the Minotaur.
Having freed the city of Athens from the onerous tribute demanded by the ruler of Knossos - the sacrifice of noble youths and maidens to the appetite of the Labyrinth's monster - Theseus has returned home to find his father dead and himself the new king.
But his adventures have only just begun: He still must confront the Amazons; capture their queen, Hippolyta; and face the tragic results of Phaedra's jealous rage.
Piecing together the fragments of myth and using her deep understanding of the cultures reflected in these legends, Mary Renault has constructed an enthralling narrative of a time when heroes battled monsters and gods strode the earth.
"Excellent entertainment." ( New York Times Book Review)
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- Dr Ann-Maree Nobelius
Boring and disappointing
It’s not like she had to create the story, and she distorted it in such bizarre ways...you know it’s failing when you can’t wait for it to be over.
The narration didn’t help it was robotic and lacking feeling, as if read by a synthetic voice...the voice was too gentle for this manly man and Greek hero but the worst was the pronunciation of conventional terms such as Centaur (said as Kentor). It took me ages to realise that was what he was referring to...very disappointing
We tend to grow up knowing legends presented either as children's entertainment or read by chance when in primary or junior secondary school. To come across them again as an adult could be a dangerous activity in terms of disillusionment or dismissal. However, Mary Renault not only re-presents the stories, but offers interpretation and commentary on them that allow them to assume their proper stature.
And in this audiobook Kris Dyer's reading captures the youthfulness of the narrator, Theseus, as well as pointing to his destiny.
Vintage Mary Renault
I often marvel at how an author can bring Greek mythology not merely to life, but render it into a riveting tale. Thank you, Mary Renault, for the boundlessly rich imagination that has deeply enriched my own.
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- nicolette king
Ancient history brought to life
Excellent story by Renault. I felt I was inside the mind of a bronze age king. The reader has a slightly light voice and mispronounced some classical names and there was a sentence repeated about half way through. But overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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