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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: June 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula Gardner | 1/9/2014

    " I tried but just couldn't make myself read past the first couple of pages. Not my genre but thought I might enjoy it anyway. Not saying its not a good book for somebody that enjoys mythology. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 11/19/2013

    " It started off well, and then just got unfortunate during the underworld part. Another novel about history vicitmizing women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 9/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. Its not a greek myth I remember but found it so interesting And for a debut I was really impressed! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 7/27/2012

    " Okay, I didn't complete this book, but I that's because I didn't like it. Gross. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/20/2012

    " Here's a review I wrote at Lambda... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Bradshaw | 10/29/2011

    " Amazing and very well-written story of Alcestis of Greek legend and her journey to the Underworld where she meets the goddess Persephone and from there the story moves well away from the traditional Greek telling. Excellent book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 9/1/2011

    " It started off great, but it turned into something like a soap opera half way through... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 6/2/2011

    " I thought the descriptions were vivid and the characters interesting. This wisp of Apollos cloak or the pallor of the souls in the field were superb. This is a book for mythology buffs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 3/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 12/27/2010

    " It started off well, and then just got unfortunate during the underworld part. Another novel about history vicitmizing women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grey | 7/2/2010

    " Profound. Beutner shows what it might really be like to be loved by a god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/13/2010

    " 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. "

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