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Editorial Reviews

With the warm voice of actor Benjamin Soames, and musical accompaniment from greats like Holst and Wagner, this production of Tales from the Greek Legends is a treat for listeners of any age. Soames' gentle yet august voice guides listeners through the famous myths of Ancient Greece, beginning with the creation of the world and the origin of Zeus on through the journeys and battles of some of the more well-loved heroes and demigods. This audiobook is a great introduction to the stories of the ancient Greeks and features such classic tales as Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus and Medusa, and Hercules and Hydra.
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Publisher's Summary

The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valor against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder. In this new retelling, the tales come alive more vividly than ever with the added drama of popular music by Holst, Wagner, and others.
(P)1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.; ©1994 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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By reggie p on 03-01-04

just what I wanted

This was a great introduction to the Greek gods and heroes. I knew only very little about some of them and nothing about others. This book filled in the gaps. It begins by telling how the world got started, how the titans were defeated by the olympians, and then tells a few hero tales. Some of the gods mentioned include Chaos, Cronus, Zeus, Demeter and Hercules. Some of the heroes discussed include Jason and the Argonauts, Perseus, and Theseus. The stories were interesting and the narration was well done.

I found a study guide on line that gave a nice summary of some of these characters and really helped my learning and enjoyment.

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By Alan Rither on 11-21-03

Aren't you glad that you didn't live back then?

This is a quick survey of the principal characters in Greek mythology. It is most helpful to get an idea of who did what to whom and how they were interrelated. It was gory and depressing in places, but I suppose that was how the ancient Greeks understood life. This is certainly not a book for children to hear unless they are quite mature, just like the original Grimm's fairy tales bear little resemblance to what we see in kids books. Overall it was worth the time.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-22-07

Good, but a bit boreing in places.

In general you are pretty safe with the Naxos children's classics series. The writers usually do a very good job of simplifying the source matieral and get to the heart of the original themes whilst leaving plenty of space for further reading if what you hear sparks your imagination. They also tend to be things that adults and children can both enjoy, so I personnally think very highly of them.
At times this collection is very good. Once it gets going it features nice little over views of the heroic epics of Hercules, Jason, Perseus and the story to the labyrinth. Both truimph and tradgey are included.
Unfortunately the production doesn't get off to a very good start. The creation story and the early squabbling among the gods is told in a very passive and rather dull account. Even Pandora's box sounds a bit boreing, a story I find truely haunting when told well.
This is worth a down load, if only as back ground to the Troy and Odyesses Naxos productions ( both great), but don't expect to much.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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