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Mythos Audiobook Review
I have wanted something like this for EVER! I was literally counting down the days until release and once I got it I listened to the entire 15.5 hours in a single sitting!
I love ancient mythology and have found it really hard to find a conclusive retelling that isn’t dry… Because lets be real, the Greek gods are far from boring.
Starting with the creation story with Erebus and Nix, Fry proceeds down the timeline with bite-sized stories for each Titan and Immortal from each generation. If you don’t know Greek mythology very well, there are 12 main gods: Aphrodite (also known as Venus), Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Dionysus, Hades, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Hestia, Poseidon and of course my main man, Zeus. You’d recognise quite a few of these names if you’ve watched Disney’s Hercules (arguably, one of the best Disney movies out there). Alongside these main gods is a compliment of Primordial deities, secondary gods and godesses such as Eros (also known as cupid), the god of love and attraction and Nyx, the goddess of the night. If that wasn’t enough for you there is an even larger group of divine beings called the Titans, most recognisable examples are Atlas, who is most commonly depicted as holding up the Earth, and Styx, the Titaness of the Underworld river Styx. Fry relates each of the Gods to their modern applications in language, medicine and culture and I was honestly surprised at the extent to which these ancient gods have permeated modern language and culture.
It is easier to hide a hundred mountains from a jealous wife, than one mistress
The Greek gods were far from perfect. A stark contrast from other religions, the Greek gods loved to be cheeky, partaking in incest, murders and general foolishness. In Mythos, Fry uses his distinct wit and humour to bring these gods and their crazy personalities to life, most notably, the king of gods, Zeus. Often depicted as a powerful, all knowing god, Zeus was actually a egotistical trickster and loved to get down (if ya know what I mean). One of the funniest retellings in Mythos is of Zeus trying to hide an affair with a mortal from his wife, turning the girl into a cow so he could keep his mistress close, but out of plain sight. Hera finds out what he’s doing and offers to take the cow, to which Zeus stutters guiltily, trying to think of an excuse not to… And fails.
Stephen Fry is undoubtedly one of my favourite audiobook narrators, and Mythos is currently sitting at my favourite audiobook this year! I laughed and cried and laughed and cried the whole way through. If you’ve ever been intimidated by the vast expanse that is Greek mythology, Mythos would be an ideal listen for you. Fry uses pretty simple language and a bunch of modern comparisons alongside some incredible humour which overall makes Mythos incredibly accessible. If I could get a Norse retelling like this, my life would be complete.
Who are your favourite Greek Gods? I really loved Eros and Psyche’s story, as well as my poor boy Prometheus #1like1prayer4prometheus
If you haven’t already seen it, Stephen Fry also does a fantastic reading of Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection which is a whopping 71 hours and 58 minutes (value for money!). If you don’t know who Stephen Fry is, watch the below video – you can thank me later.