Mythology by Edith Hamilton audiobook

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

By Edith Hamilton
Read by Suzanne Toren

Hachette Book Group, Little, Brown & Company
14.55 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $24.98

    ISBN: 9781611135121

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture—the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry—from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton’s masterpiece—the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

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Summary

Summary

Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture—the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry—from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton’s masterpiece—the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton ‘the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.’ Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago.” New York Times
“The reader gains a deeper insight and learns more than just the events in the stories. In addition, each story is set up with appropriate and interesting background, so although the stories took place centuries ago and the characters range from human to god to hero to a myriad of others, a modern listener can listen, understand and enjoy…Suzanne Toren’s narration of this unabridged Mythology is excellent.  No fear that this narration of Hamilton’s accessible and classic text Mythology is a dry or difficult to understand.  Toren does a fine job! Her simplicity of speech and her ability to tell the stories with just the right amount of voice inflection results in clarity and pleasure for the listener.” Soundcommentary.com (starred review)
“Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own.” New Yorker
“Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion—and this classic compendium is her tribute…Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here—Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus—each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle  and high school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature.” Amazon.com, editorial review

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Author Bio: Edith Hamilton

Author Bio: Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) graduated with a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, won the National Achievement Award in 1950, received honorary doctorates, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1957 she was made an honorary citizen of Athens and decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction by King Paul of Greece.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English