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Brought to you by Penguin.

The number one best seller.

An epic battle that lasted 10 years. A legendary story that has survived thousands.

Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice....

When Helen, the beautiful Greek queen, is kidnapped by the Trojan prince Paris, the most legendary war of all time begins.

Listen in awe as a thousand ships are launched against the great city of Troy.

Feel the fury of the battleground as the Trojans stand resolutely against Greek might for an entire decade.

And witness the epic climax - the wooden horse, delivered to the city of Troy in a masterclass of deception by the Greeks....

In Stephen Fry's exceptional retelling of our greatest story, Troy will transport you to the depths of ancient Greece and beyond.

©2020 Stephen Fry (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An inimitable retelling of the siege of Troy...Fry's narrative, artfully humorous and rich in detail, breathes life and contemporary relevance into these ancient tales." (Observer)

"A fun romp through the world's greatest story. Fry's knowledge of the world - ancient and modern - bursts through." (Daily Telegraph)

"Hugely successful, graceful." (The Times)

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Troy by Stephen Fry

Informative and endlessly entertaining, the trio of delights that are Mythos, Heroes and now Troy. Please, please, please, Stephen Fry, bring us your retelling of the Odyssey!

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Excellent, can't wait for the Odyssey.. please.

Really enjoyed it, thanks for researching and writing it. Hoping for The Odyssey... can only hope it is on the agenda.

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Fry Strikes Again

Nothing but compliments for this book, as it is read so eloquently as to bring the characters to life! Stephen Fry’s balance of literary continuity and narrative commentary works really well, as his pauses/tangents to remind the listener of context or a character’s journey helps keep track of the plethora of interwoven plots.

Having loved Mythos and Heroes, it was no surprise that this book would be another griping and stellar performance by the master himself. Would re-listen in a heartbeat!

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I'm so happy 😁

loved it, the" Iliad" ! I am so hooked on Greek mythology since I started your books... I love how you pause to give us in-depth extra knowledge about Greek history and mythology, and how it correlates with English and how language evolved! don't stop being you Stephen fry! 🥰 maybe a book with Samson and Hercules

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Brilliant!

Thank-you wonderful Stephen! You’re fried me with this simmering tale of woe, foes, fiends, friends. A grand retelling! I’m a fan of Rob Fagles translation of “The Iliad”; this stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best telling as of these foundational tales of human desires. Of human truths. Thanks again 👍🏾

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τέλειος - téleios - perfect.

This third instalment of Stephen Fry’s retelling of the Greek myths gave me so much joy! I adore the tales of the Trojan war and the rage of Achilles, and this version was a pure delight to listen to!

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absolutely brilliant

a must listen, can't wait for the odyssey. do not miss this one, it is brilliant

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Another great book by Stephen Fry

The story of Troy has been told many times. This version was unique in setting the scene for some of key characters.

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Absolutely excellent and wonderful education experience

Written and read extra well this historical or mythical analysis is well worth the patience. I now know a lot more about Greek mythology and Homer's writing than before. Truly brilliant.

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Outstanding narration of a timeless epic

Cannot imagine anyone else narrating this larger than life stories other than Stephen Fry. I felt like a little kid engrossed in the stories and it's characters. Totally enjoyable if you are into Greek mythology.

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  • DFK
  • 27-11-2020

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down

I said that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” in my review of one of the previous volumes. I felt it even more, here. Stephen Fry is a delight to listen to, and I doubt anyone could have done a better job with the story of the Trojan War and all the myths that accompany it. But I wasn’t impressed with the Odyssey and the Iliad in high school, and though 50+ years later I have come to appreciate many books that I didn’t enjoy so much in high school (Dickens, whom I now love, for example), this has not improved with (my) age. War for no good reason. Maybe no war has a really good reason, but this is totally absurd, and they know it. The gods on this side or that. On and on and on. So much hyperbole: the most beautiful, the most valuable, the most powerful. Eh. “Love” for the shallowest of reasons. There are books about war (War and Peace, Stalingrad are two of the best) that can evoke all the emotions and be real, presenting real characters who are developed with all the human flaws. At the every end, in his appendix, Fry says that these stories show all the human weaknesses: envy, pride, lust, etc. and no one has ever done it better than Homer. I beg to differ. I know that these stories are part of the canon and are part of our vocabulary and so I took my medicine. But I can think of so many modern great books that do it better: Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, and so many other great works do it better. I imagine that Shakespeare fans would also think Shakespeare did it better. So, if you need to learn about the mythology of the Trojan War, maybe no one can do it better than Fry, but I am not a convert to appreciating the greatness of this ancient literature.

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  • Dr Thomas
  • 28-12-2020

Outstanding!!

Would give 10 stars if possible.
I’ve listened to Mythos and Hero’s several times and no doubt it will be the same for Troy!

Hoping and praying he’ll cover the Odyssey next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2022

mythos, heroes and troy

troy completes the trinity of mythos, heroes and troy by stephen fry.
all 3 books embrace characters and events with greek mythology with such clarity, alacrity and reality.
stephen fry’s narration of the 3 books breathes real life into mythical events and characters which may or may not have existed or occurred.
i found the books highly informative, entertaining and valuable.
i highly recommend them to those who have interest in greek mythology, who would like to start reading more deeply about the subject.

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  • peter
  • 29-05-2022

A lively narrative

Stephen fry delivers an entertaining narrative based on Homers engrossing tale. Is it history? Does it matter?

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  • Rubens Altimari
  • 03-11-2021

Amazing depiction (and narration!) of the Trojan War

Even though listening to Stephen Fry narrating the dictionary would be already entertaining, this is a masterpiece of writing, reading, interpreting and engaging. Stephen condensed the story of Troy, end to end, from several sources (specially Homer of course), and gives a compelling overview of the whole thing, plus some extra comments in the end about Homer, myth vs reality, etc. This was the first audio book I REALLY loved, and highly recommend.

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  • Andreas
  • 22-08-2021

Fry does it again

Stephen Fry does it again with his third entry in the world of Greek mythology. A story well written and well performed with Fry doing countless of different voices to give the characters life. A truly enjoyable piece for anyone who loves the Ancient Greek myths and I highly recommend it. Now, let’s just hope that Fry does a fourth book about Odysseus journey .

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  • Isabella
  • 16-08-2021

Stephen Fry is superb as always

It’s such a great book, but when it’s read by Stephen Fry itself it’s even better. I suggest to everyone to listen to the audiobooks (I’ll still buy the hard copy of it to go along Mythos and Heroes anyway).

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  • Nikolaos Papapanagiotou
  • 22-06-2021

another amazing book

just another amazing book by Stephen Fry who by all means should be granted Greek citizenship.

not only it makes a very well-told story compelling but his own performance in narrating this book makes it worthwhile to read and read again or listen and listen again

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  • greghk
  • 16-06-2021

Another great story

The third book in the series, following on from Mythos and Heroes. I recommend the audio book version read by Stephen Fry.

Another view of the story of Helen and the Trojan horse but with a Stephen Fry flavour and I especially appreciated the 2 appendices which provide more background of the stories the period in time when they happened and the question whether they are history, myth or fantasy - or maybe a combination of all three?

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  • Wise man from the east
  • 04-06-2021

excellent story superbly read

Absolutely a great story interpreted by Stephen Fry. Draws you in and keeps you hooked. Now waiting for the Odyssey.

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  • Jason
  • 03-11-2020

Chapters?

As you listen, the story being read obviously falls into chapters. On your device, however, you will see a 4:20:47 long chapter among other whoppers. Inexcusable. Lazy production, especially with a book where re-listening to individual chapters would be desirable. Should be updated. I hope for a response from Audible.

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  • 31-10-2020

More division of chapters needed

Love the plot and narration (I own Mythos and Heroes too), but there seems to be a marked difference in the chaptering style. For instance, there are two large chunks of audio (both four hours long) that comprise the main narrative. There's definitely inter-chapter transitions as Fry moves between the different strands of narratives, but without a clear divvying of them within the navigation itself, it becomes slightly difficult to pause and keep track, or even just to relisten to certain chapters. A lot of guesswork is required, which cuts into the enjoyment a little. Could there be main headings and well as subchapters?

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  • Emanuele Pezzani
  • 31-10-2020

Learned and pleasant to listen

*SPOILER ALERT*
Unlike in "Mythos" and "Heroes", telling the story of the Trojan War involves presenting a host of characters that eventually end up being in the same place and in the same time. I'll have to listen again to the first part to see how effectively Fry weaves the storylines of Paris, Achilles, Helen, and the city of Troy itself; my first impression is that he (perhaps inevitably) succumbs to the Ariostesque device of "but let's leave X here and get back to Y, whom we left..." I'm afraid this might also depend on Audible's odd division of chapters, since you have several short chunks at the beginning and the end, and then two major 4:20:00 parts in the middle, anf it gets harder to see the structure there (hence the four stars).
As for the story itself, I was expecting the *whole* Trojan cycle, inclusive of the follow-up sagas of Odysseus, Agamemnon and Aeneas, but maybe I overestimated the extent of the material (and I also wasn't expecting so many backstories); as it is - a story of the city of Troy from the foundation to the fateful night, as per the title, plus the stories of the main characters involved - it's already a sizeable story. All the same, I would have loved to hear a bit less about silly Laomedon and more about the feud between Atreus and Thyestes, a story with massive dramatic potential but which regrettably Fry tells in just a couple of lines.
My other point of hesitation is the 2 hours-like part in "Ilium" which is basically a summary, more than a retelling, of that quintessential paradigm of Western (and, arguably, world) literature that is the "Iliad", but I guess that's inevitable: do you set out to write a story of the Trojan cycle only to skip completely such an important part of the Trojan War "because Homer did it best", or do you accept the inevitable and follow Homer sometimes line by line? Fry chooses the latter and I honestly can't blame him, I would find it a difficult choice regardless. Where I think he shines, though, much like he did in his two previous books, is when he patches together (rhapsode-like :D ) all the other previous and following threads of narrative that are *not* part of the "Iliad": this is a praiseworthy achievement because even as a scholar myself it's sometimes hard to piece together a consistent narrative of all the events narrated in this book, and every now and then it's just pleasing to just listen to a good narrator who did the hard work for you!
The performance is as usual wonderful: if you don't like Fry's voices and theatricality, you'll probably find it annoying but if it's your jam, then don't wait any further! All over the story he also intersperses comments on the modern relevance of myth and how we can read and understand Greek myth today, and as usual he also lets his doctrine and his humanity shine through. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2020

Fry as usual. Engaging, enigmatic and charismatic.

Although you don’t need to, please start with Mythos and Heroes. I’m hoping he does another tour post COVID, talking about the Greek gods and their enthralling stories. Could not recommend more highly. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-2020

More Mythos, less Heroes. Truly exceptional.

Another exceptional piece of work by Mr Fry. Characters and story is brought to life and his masterful story telling will make you want to keep listening for as long as you can!

If you’re like me and found Heroes to be good but the voices he put on quite irritating than don’t worry. Troy only has subtle accent changes and they’re not nearly as grating as Heroes!

Lots of information gets thrown at you early on but don’t be discouraged, all will become clear in the development of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2020

Stephen Fry doing what he loves.

The story and reading of the book are very good.
The story is engaging and has nice little anecdotes sprinkled across it.
The only criticism a have is that some of the chapters are ridicules long and if you don’t like long recitations of names you may have some difficulties with this book.

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  • Rusty
  • 16-04-2021

Troy Harder

Troy is probably the best written of Stephen Fry's Mythos books, from a storytelling and characterisation perspective at any rate. I've always found those particular areas to be the weakest links in the series and improvements were definitely needed. That's especially true here, with the fall of Troy being such a well known story and more importantly, a very human-centric one. It also can't help but be compared to the original epic saga, Homer's Iliad.

This was Fry's chance to show his mettle as a writer of literary fiction and to give us a real Greek tragedy. It was his chance to bring these most human of "myths" to life, making us care about them, fear for them, hate them and love them. It was his chance to show us he could develop characters and build relationships, rather than relate events with the occasional dramatical flourish. Unfortunately that doesn't happen, not to the extent that was needed. Instead we get the usual mix of straightforward storytelling, minimal characterisation, mythological factoids, wry asides and observations, and hundreds of faceless names and places that don't stick in the memory.

There are flashes of great storytelling, where the characters come alive, leaving the dry pages of myth, but it's too little and too late. The war doesn't even begin until we're many chapters in, although the story does pick up at this point and gains some much needed focus. Ultimately though, it just left me wanting more, or left me decrying the missed opportunities created by showing us a little humanity and passion. If I don't care about Helen, Achilles, Paris or Troy because they're little more than famous names, then you're going to lose me.

I'm disappointed with what could have been, because in Troy, there are moments that are more engaging than anything in Fry's other Myth books. Unfortunately, this well known story needed to be more focused and character driven than it was, despite some improvements in this area. The move away from the more fantastical elements of Greek mythology warranted something different. Instead, Troy constantly falls back into the more simplistic prose of a fairytale, or the academic observational style a history book.

Even more than Mythos and Heroes before it, Troy doesn't bring anything new to the table, other than the modernisation that can be found in countless numbers of modern retellings. In the end, Homer's Iliad is still the more evocative and memorable Myth.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-2020

Incredible

Stephen Fry brings the Greek myths to life so vividly I have listened to all 3 related books now and will 100% listen again and again

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  • TS
  • 31-12-2020

Stephen Fry is fantastic as always!

I preordered this as I thoroughly enjoyed Mythos and Heroes and I now can't wait for the Odyssey! I cannot recommend the series enough!

Thank you Mr Fry

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  • julian drewett
  • 15-11-2020

Joyous re-telling

Another momentous story from one of best story tellers around. Stephen manages to escort you back to the time of God's and mortals with a verve and enthusiasm rarely heard.

He is a master at his craft, be it from Victorian England, to a wizarding world, Stephen has transported the listener at ease to be part of the story. Thank you and please keep it up.

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