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Publisher's Summary

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company, in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial best-seller in its various available formats. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 03-18-13

Good reading of classical myths

Edith Hamilton, who was a classicist, studied and wrote mainly about the way the Greek culture influenced the rest of the development of western thought and the arts. This book, written in 1942, is now a classic itself in a sense, as her views have had influence in this field since her lifetime of study of western thought.

This book is her choice of myths that she believed exemplified her views. The first chapter is interesting, as she outlines her way of thinking about the place of the myths to the Greeks at the time, and explains how she has chosen various versions from particular poets and what she believes the stories meant to each of them when they were first recorded.

The book begins with the creation myths, then goes on through the better known (or more influential ones) and concludes with some lesser known ones that have had an influence on western culture. While Hamilton's viewpoints are not the only ones about the place of myths in our culture, they nevertheless have had a great impact on how students of western civilization have thought about them since her work came out.

The narrator has a good quality of tone and pacing for the reading, but they are just matter-of-factly read, without too much emotional tone (which is right for these myths, in this context). Readers should consider being very familiar with all the world's great myths and stories, because they form a framework for much of the thought and literature we have created since. This book can be picked up and read anywhere, but if you desire the logical way she lays them out, suggest reading from beginning.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan Baumbach on 02-12-17

Trivia night...

If you want to win at your local trivia night, this is a book you should listen to. I've read it multiple times and never tire of hearing about all the great mythologies.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Girling on 04-30-15

Poor delivery

What disappointed you about Mythology?

The delivery of the book is very robotic, I should have listened to the sample before buying.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Teresa Cooper on 03-21-15

Gods and how they lived.

Not quite what I was hoping for, the myths were very short and read in a dull and uninteresting fashion. The book might be well received by other readers, but it just wasn't for me.

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