Mythos by Stephen Fry


The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney.They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lesson...

Details Mythos

Release DateNov 2nd, 2017
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreNonfiction, Fantasy, Mythology, History, Audiobook

Reviews Mythos

  • Bradley
    I don't know about any of you, but this one's a winner. Far from feeling like another dry recounting of a number of our favorite Greek myths, Fry's down-to-earth humor and traditional (modern) storytelling have turned these gods into something most relatable.I've read Edith Hamilton and Bullfinch's recountings and I've had the pleasure of countless other sources, but here's where Fry shines: he cherry-picks the very best stories and tells them so...
  • Alice Lippart
    The most fun and entertaining book I've read in a very long time. Loved it.
  • Trish
    I first heard of Stephen Fry many years ago, have since watched him debate with the Church and wander through dense jungles trying to find nearly extinct animals, listened to him bring one of my favourite magical worlds to life, and learned a great deal from him on what must be one of the best quiz shows on (British) television. Not to mention his influence on LGBTQ rights and the acceptance of mental health issues (he himself is suffering from a...
  • Cheese
    The history of greek mythology told in a long long story.This is the audio book and it was a challenge to finish, but interesting nonetheless.Stephen Fry is faultless in his narration.
  • Sonja Arlow
    3.5 starsI love fantasy and mythical tales and I adore Stephen Fry (who's audio narration was pitch perfect). I have also always wanted to read / understand the different Greek myths, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.I found it very interesting to learn the relationship between these myths and the English language, and just how much of an influence these stories still have on us today.There were a few tales that stood out, and these were t...
  • Margaret
    At a time when other children had their mothers reading "Sleeping Beauty" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to them, my father was telling me the story of the abduction of Persephone with his own adornments (I particularly liked the squirrels wondering why she was picking flowers instead of nuts).I bring this up so you understand that I was exposed to the Greek myths at a young age. Once I was able to read I got my hands on Bullfinch's Mythology and R...
  • Netta
    It is regrettable that Stephen Fry's talent to be effortlessly snobbish in a very appealing, charmingly British way, does absolutely no good to the subject of his book. The main problem with this book is that Fry's retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece is exactly what the title promises – it is the retelling of the myths of Ancient Greece with some supposedly witty (but more often irrelevant) remarks which can be easily omitted. The question...
  • Claudia
    I must have been around 8 when I first read The Legends of the Olympus and fell in love with Greek mythology. I reread it at least 3 times afterwards and remains one of my favorite books to this very day.Stephen Fry’s retelling of these myths are just as good as the original, if not better. It is limited to the gods, heroes’ tales are not included, but much more detailed than the version I read. I never really thought about how many of today...
  • Roy
    I love Greek Mythology or any mythology at that. This is a great collection of retellings but in Frys perfect storytelling mixed with his intellect and wit. If you enjoyed Gaimans Norse novel this will be 100% your thing. Has a little more depth to it than Gaimans and some personal touches which maked this a perfect read from start to finish.
  • Suanne Laqueur
    Not everyone's into mythology but I am and I freakin' loved this. Fry's fantastic retellings unpeeled layers of stories I already knew, and his humor made them super readable, approachable and hilarious. One million Olympic stars, and "Arch Psychopomp" is now my preferred title.
  • Karina Read
    I loved Mythos, and Fry’s narration was superb. What makes it different from all the other Greek/Roman mythology books that I have collected over the years is the coherent chronology that Fry has achieved. By placing all the stories in context and in a timeline, the personalities and actions of the gods suddenly made sense to me. I’d often struggled to remember who was who’s relation previously but I found Mythos wonderfully easy to follow ...
  • Jake
    This was by far the easiest 5 stars I have had the pleasure to give in quite a while. It is one of the very few books I would read again.Mythos is fascinating from start to finish. I have attempted to get into numerous mythology books before (yes even Edith Hamilton) and struggled. Stephen Fry has made these captivating stories into a very readable and even hilarious style. He has made each God not only memorable, but also much easier to obtain a...
  • Sumit Singla
    What an absolute cracker of a book!I love mythology. Especially Greek. AND I love Stephen Fry. This is a great combination as an audiobook. Narrated in Stephen Fry's crisp British accent (my favourite accent in the whole world) and with typical British humour and asides thrown in, this book made peak hour commutes extremely pleasant.If one can think of the gelding of Ouranos or the opening of Pandora's box, instead of vehicles coming right at one...
  • Andrea
    Once again, a BIG FAT THANK YOU to my awesome friend Bubu who send me this book via audible. THANK YOU!!!
  • Max Nemtsov
    Прелестная и полезная книжка, сам не ожидал. Потому что казалось бы — ну, мы и с классикой худо-бедно знакомы, и Куна своего в детстве читали. Но, во-первых, Фрай излагает мифосюжеты не по матрице Куна (сами убедитесь), где-то он это делает подробнее, ...
  • Ana Rînceanu
    While the book is filled with Fry's wit, the stories of the gods do not sugarcoat anything. Recommended for the novice and the long-time devotee!
  • Maittri
    Greek mythology, in itself, doesn't lack any entertainment and stories to be told. This book will be a memorable collection of Greek myths. Stephen Fry sticks to the popular myths and I didn't encounter one I hadn't heard before. However, he tells it with a certain charm and humor that it never got boring. The book often made me laugh out loud and annotate several lines that were almost poetic. He throws some philosophy in the mix which was one o...
  • Matty-Swytla
    A fantastic retelling of myths with lots of humour and tongue-in-cheek moments. Stephen Fry narrates even the most tragic of tales with warmth and insightful asides. I think this is the way to get acquainted with Greek mythology - just the info you get about greek roots in English vocabulary makes it worthwile besides the entertainment factor. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down the memory lane - definitely recommended.
  • Shatterlings
    I like the stories, I was surprised at how many of them I already knew. But I wish Stephen had been a bit less heavy handed with his learning and just given us the stories. I would have preferred less footnotes, they become distracting and the stories could have flowed better.
  • Robert
    What a charming recounting of many of the most notable episodes in Greek Mythology! If you get the chance, opt for the audiobook version narrated by the author as his wit and charm come through in spades and it truly enriches the experience.One can hope for a sequel that delves into the Age of Heroes and the Homeric cycle of poems, but with Mr. Fry's many talents, interests and endeavours it may not come to pass. If so, this book more than adequa...
  • Walter VDE
    Brilliant retelling of the ancient myths. Love the footnotes explaining how the names of the deities survive in our everyday language. Would love a sequel with the adventures of the demigods and heroes like Herakles, Odysseus, ....
  • Gaby
    Such a brilliant book in every way. Was very disappointed when I got to the end, I wanted there to be more!
  • Ally (the.imperfect.library)
    I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this NEARLY as much if I’d simply read it. Listening to Stephen Fry’s narration was what really made this book shine, with his wry sense of humour, commentary and brilliant characterisation. I’ve always been a big fan of Greek mythology and this retelling didn’t disappoint. The main moral of the story: don’t annoy the gods. They’ll mess you up! ⚡ I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this NEARLY...
  • Rach
    The absolutely excellent Stephen Fry has done it again ladies and gentlemen!Having never studied Classics and knowing very little about Greek Mythology (aside what Disney’s Hercules taught me) I was excited to pick this book up and give it a go. It’s something i’m so interested in, having visited Greece and the ancient world several times- and being massively into art and sculpture- and honestly- if you’re a total Greek Myths novice- this...
  • Chris
    This was a great retelling of these tales from Greek Mythology in a nice readable format, with minimal academic distraction (footnotes sometime excepting).The humorous asides and some of the modern culturally colloquial context used made an otherwise scarily remote (ancient even) set of stories attainable.The journalistic nature of the text means It reads more like a series of short stories than a novel or even a factual biography. This work woul...
  • Jason Wilson
    We all know at least some of the Greek stories but not necessarily how they tie together ; this book is Valuable for a solid and accessible chronology and for showing how these tales have given us our science language and much of our popular culture - I didn’t know that Pandora was vengeance for Prometheus. The castration of Uranus is told with gory detail , and once the gods are ensconced two major themes emerge : one is Zeus attempting to get...
  • Sam Obigbesan
    This was most certainly one of the most enjoyable books I have had the opportunity to read. I’ve known the Greek myths so well, like the back of my hand, as I grew up in the country that had those myths as their regular fairy-tales. At school I was told the stories of the petty Greek gods, their antics and their characteristics; about their blunders and plane human nature, the heroes and heroines that populated the Cosmos of the Greek legends. ...
  • Dan
    Greek mythology and Stephen Fry, a match made in heaven.There have been so many collections of Greek myths in the past and perhaps for those who are well versed with it won't get too much from this. Personally I knew bits and pieces, some of the more major stories and ones I'd learnt from Percy Jackson.Here Fry generally focuses on the lesser known stories. There's a lot on the metamorphoses, explaining how geography and nature. It's a good selec...
  • Emma
    Top three reasons why I found this book absolutely FANTASTIC:1) I love Stephen Fry, and his narrative here is the best, it felt like he was sitting next to me on the sofa, drinking tea and telling me all these amazing stories. (Audiobook)2) The Greek myths are just so damn entertaining—you just can't go wrong here! 3) ETYMOLOGY I smiled my way through MYTHOS as Stephen Fry reminded me why I used to be obsessed with Greek legends and mythology. ...