Enter the monstrous and magical world of Stephen Fry's Sunday Times bestseller Heroes, brought to you by Penguin.
Shortlisted for the 2018 Specsavers audiobook award.
Imagine sandals on your feet, a sword in your hand and the hot sun beating down on your helmet.
Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece.
Marvel as Atalanta - a woman raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples.
Discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.
Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best..
Read by Stephen Fry himself, Heroes harnesses the magic of ancient legends in an entertaining and modern retelling in Fry's iconic and captivating narration.
'A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased' Times
'Assured and engaging. The pace is lively, the jokes are genuinely funny' Guardian
'An Olympian feat. The gods seem to be smiling on Fry - his myths are definitely a hit' Evening Standard
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’ve always loved Stephen Fry’s audiobook narrations and, like its predecessor Mythos, Heroes radiates the writer/actor’s passion for ancient Greek mythology. Having covered the Olympian gods in Mythos, Fry moves on to mortal heroes. Retaining all the original intrigue and humanity, his imaginative retellings prove these ancient figures aren’t as far removed from current-day heroes as we might think. Does a boy with an absent father and overwhelming sense of being special sound familiar? “You’re a wizard, Harry,” Fry chortles in his compelling tale of Theseus, the original chosen one. He also gives his characters rather amusing accents, most memorably a Yorkshire twang for Perseus. Exploring the divine and the doomed, this audiobook delivers ancient myths read by a modern legend.
Highly enjoyable storytelling…all the better BECAUSE of the added accents!!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook and I thought Stephen Fry’s narration was as usual captivating. But his addition of local British accents given to some of the characters in the book certainly adds to the depth and richness of the story.
I enjoyed them and thought they gave added colour to the stories and myths, after all, they aren’t supposed to be rigid. The mythic stories are meant to be interpreted and given meaning for the listener of the age.
Heroes, told with style!
I’ve listened to Heroes (and its counterpart Mythos) several times now. Who doesn’t love a hero, be they male or female? We all know the tales but nobody tells them as well as Fry.
Every time I listen I hear a little something I missed the time(s) before or realise a connection I had missed. Stephen Fry’s voice is perfect for any sort of storytelling, lending itself well to bringing each character to life with a slightly different nuance or tone. Yep, I was already a fan, true, but it can’t be denied he makes mythology engaging, comforting and interesting. This is well written too and brings a new depth to even the most well known of the myths, marrying each up...despite somewhat dubious timelines which he himself speaks of. Humans making sense of their world and of those otherworlds which seem veiled in mystery and in need of speculation.
I hope he does more...particularly on myths/legends from indigenous cultures. I’d love to see him find the commonalities. This book is another gold star for a much loved British entertainment treasure.
Ruined by needless local accents from the British Isles for every character... Makes listening to it at times unbearable.
Mythos was a lot more enjoyable and easy to listen to because of this.