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Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures – Stephen Fry
Do you know your Greek Heroes from your Monsters?
In Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures author Stephen Fry helps you disentangle the myths and legends from the facts.
I got this as an audiobook from my local library via BorrowBox, and honestly, it’s a GIFT!
Stephen Fry (he’ll always be addressed by his full name by me) is a NATIONAL TREASURE here in the UK.
What the rest of the world calls an Icon, this is a person beloved universally by people because he’s a famous comedian, actor, author and narrator.
I knew he had written books, but had no idea the meticulous research that brought the ancient Greek myths to life.
The book takes us through the major Greek heroes we all know and love like Hercules, Perseus, Jason and the monsters we know like The Minotaur, Medusa and Cerberus the Hound of Hell.
But this book takes you deeper into their backstories, family history and how one action can affect another person deeper into Greek History.
We learn ALL about the manipulations of the Greek Gods and Goddesses who toyed with, seduced and tortured the mortals and heroes of the ages.
If you read the book Circe by Madeline Miller, a lot of the names and characters will be familiar to you.
Think of them as modern-day Celebrities.
Just as we LOVE to know the exploits of the rich and famous, the Heroes were the celebrities of their day with Greek Gods the literal King Makers who could elevate or destroy an entire nation on a whim.
I didn’t want this book to end!
Not only was it informative, it was incredibly funny and interesting.
You can tell Stephen Fry has done a lot of research to make these ancient stories come to light for a modern audience, and his accents for each character helped to distinguish who was who in a dizzying array of names and exploits.
I learned a lot more about the minor Greek characters I wasn’t that familiar with as well as the major ones like Hercules, Jason and Perseus.
I’d highly recommend listening to the Audiobook version and I’ll be getting Mythos via Audible to listen to as well.
I’ve had an Audible account for a long time, and at various times tried to get into it but with an attention span of a goldfish and this challenge looming over my head, I knew I wanted to get through this book but I’m not able to read as much now.
So, I decided to try listening to Audiobooks on my commute into work and so far I really enjoyed it!
I’d HIGHLY recommend Heroes, this is a great book to listen to while doing something mundane or just to enjoy for the sheer pleasure of having Stephen Fry narrate these stories and take you to another world.