Gods Behaving Badly

  • by Marie Phillips
  • Narrated by Rosalyn Landor
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Being immortal is not all it once was. Yes, the 12 Greek gods of Olympus are alive and well in the 21st century, but they are crammed together in a London town house - and are none too happy about it. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.For Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator), and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic), there's no way out: until a meek cleaner, Alice, and her would-be boyfriend, Neil, turn their world literally upside down.When what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills, Alice and Neil are caught in the cross fire, and they must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed, but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?Gods Behaving Badly is that rare thing: a charming, funny, utterly original first novel that satisfies the head and the heart.

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What the Critics Say

"Fanciful, humorous and charming, this satire is as sweet as nectar." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Delightful fantasy

My first thought when I started to listen to this book was that the author deserved at least 3 stars for coming up with the idea of the old Greek Gods alive and living, if not well, in London. The reader does an excellent job and I thought it was one of the more delightful books I have listened to in a while. Perhaps not as good as "A Dirty Job" but the first half was funny enough to have me laughing out loud as I listened.

The second half was more serious, but a change was probably needed to get the characters out of the situations they were in after the first half.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to listen to something light and who is willing to suspend belief enough to consider a world where one Greek god has become a Christian and where others act as a collection of spolied children. I thought it was great.
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- Mike From Mesa "MikeFromMesa"

Cute but silly

The author does a great job of placing the Roman pantheon of gods in contemporary London. Because their power is derived from the belief of humans they are reduced to sharing a decaying house in a once nice suburb. Stripped of powe and therefore reduced to their basic and base characters, these gods are not people we ordinary humans would want as neighbors. To the authors credit the humans in her story do their best to avoid them, in spite of the fact they retain their outward beauty. But these characters, iincluding the passive humans they use, and I mean literally use, are so anoying that I regreted allowing them into my head. Terry Pratchett uses the theme of empowering gods through belief with much more elegance and humor. His human characters are not pwoerful, but see what is there, and would not dream of inviting such dreary gods as these into their homes. There are humorous bright spots, Athena reduced from the goddess of widsdom trying to communicate by means of a meeting, complete with reports, jargon, and politely blank listeners is funny. I love fantasy, but his one is too realistic in its unattractive characters and not realistic enough or at least not ogical in its conclusion. People can exercise resonsibility in what we empower with belief, and what we read ad hear.
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- Barbara "Huntsville, Alabama"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape