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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katharine Beutner Narrator: Diane Havens Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Greek myth, Alcestis is known as the ideal good wife; she loved her husband so much that she died to save his life and was sent to the underworld in his place. In this poetic and vividly-imagined debut, Katharine Beutner gives voice to the woman behind the ideal, bringing to life the world of Mycenaean Greece, a world peopled by capricious gods, where royal women are confined to the palace grounds and passed as possessions from father to husband. Alcestis tells of a childhood spent with her sisters in the bedchamber where her mother died giving birth to her and of her marriage at the age of 15 to Admetus, the young king of Pherae, a man she barely knows, who is kind but whose heart belongs to a god. She also tells the part of the story that's never been told: What happened to Alcestis in the three days she spent in the underworld before being rescued by Heracles? In the realm of the dead, Alcestis falls in love with the goddess Persephone and discovers the true horror and beauty of death.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kat | 2/17/2014

    " It was "meh". Interesting and engaging enough, but overall, rather forgettable. I think my main problem is that I wanted to enjoy more than I actually enjoyed it. I feel like it took too long for anything to actually happen, and then when it did, I sat there in disbelief, like "this is it?". I do/did really appreciate that someone wanted to breathe life into this mythological character and make her into a real person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/13/2014

    " Could have been tighter, but it made me want to ponder the way it talks about sexuality, in a good way...complex and pre-modern. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hope | 2/11/2014

    " I LOVED Beutner's imaginative way to explain not only (/b)why(/b), but also (/b) how (b/) Alcestis went to the Underworld. This book has renewed my once - loved interest in myths and legends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kylie | 1/16/2014

    " This book was really lovely, and probably will be for anyone who has a love for Greek Mythology. The writing was fantastic and the story was a nice twist on an old tale. "

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