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I like mythology anyway, and Campbell's analysis etc., and so I enjoyed this though Kershaw doesn't go into Campbell's views. It is an excellent review of the history of Greek mythology, it's stories and heroes etc. But what I really like is that after relating each major myth, he then gives some info on theories of history, meaning, factuality, and talks a lot about the use of the myths in Greek drama and relates passages from the plays, and also traces some references to the myths in film, literature, painting etc. Now all we need is Robert Graves' Greek Myths and Joseph Campbell's lectures.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is really very well done, beautifully read and yet it can be tedious at points because it covers so much. It is more a lesson or a lecture than entertainement but quite worthwhile if you want to refresh your knowledge of Greek Mythology. It is very detailed (more than I wanted) but very well done.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This history doesn't work as an audio format. As print or EBook yes, but you need to see the text, for example the etymology, do you really want the performer to read out the spelling of any interesting word?
The performance is fine, but with the stories being told so fast, and with the ordering being so strange (at least for a linear audiobook) - it is incredibly hard work to gain any value from listening.
A great idea, but you need to see the text, moving backward and forwards like a reference book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a great overview of the Greek myths and very informative. It is obviously well researched and aimed at an academic readership. Many debates and aspects of the myths are discussed such as Freudian interpretations, to what extent might there be some historical basis for Troy and things like that. I found I was most entertained where I had read some of the source material first so you might want to read Homer and the Greek plays first and this book will then deepen your understanding. My only gripe was that the narration had a slight comically sneering tone which seemed totally inappropriate given the subject matter. Still it is quite a long listen and the narrator is bearable on balance.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful