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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (486 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julius Lester Narrator: Stephen McKinley Henderson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780739339480
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When Cupid takes aim–duck!
Cupid is the god of love and a tireless maker of mischief. When he breaks out his bow and quiver, nobody’s safe. Sleepless nights, embarrassing poetry, nausea . . . What could be more fun? Only, perhaps, seeing the god of love humbled with a little heartache of his own.
With healthy doses of wit and wisdom, Julius Lester’s disarming narrator leads us through the tale of Cupid and Psyche–and helps us navigate our own treacherous passions. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lester again proves his versatility as a writer with a fresh and funny take on classical mythology in his new novel…Readers of the classic tales will find the familiar elements all here—the tests, the journey, trickery, divine intervention, and the groupings of three—but they will delight in the contemporary updates and Lester's witty commentary throughout.”

    VOYA

  • “For fans of romance and mythology, this is highly entertaining. Lester casts the two protagonists as adolescents coming of age through the trials and ultimate triumph of their love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Readers] will sink into the beautifully imagined ancient world, the erotic romance, and the insights into how love happens.”

    Booklist

  • “The style is humorous and promises a new and clever version of the myth.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth is told by a witty, wordy, and knowledgeable storyteller. As the storyteller meanders among the gods and goddesses of Olympus, the reader is given insight and interpretation in humorous and contemporary allusions…This is certainly a terrific novel to include in the study of mythology, but it is enjoyable in its own right as a look at human nature and how we fall in love.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia_of*the*shire_ | 2/6/2014

    " A quick n' easy read that is one of my favorites! I just love the story of Cupid & Psyche and this book expands on that myth. It's a must for mythology lovers and fans of cute romantic stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/1/2014

    " A less than original telling of Psyche and Cupid, this had an interesting narrator's voice that, at times, was annoying and at others worth listening to. It really wasn't much more than the basic tale of Cupid and Psyche's love coupled with Venus' wrath how they thwarted her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamsyn | 2/1/2014

    " This book was a fun retelling with a contemporary narrative voice, and could be instructional to teenage (and older) boys, but I don't know if one could be convinced to read it! (Unless they are a fan of mythology, since this is the retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey Librarian | 1/31/2014

    " I've put off writing this review because I'm having a little trouble coming up with something intelligent to say about this book that I ended up feeling pretty ambivalent about. The thing I liked best about it was the narrative voice, and the narrator's humorous (but sometimes still profound) observations about life, mythology, love, and marriage. At the same time, this style kept the story at arm's length, so that I never felt truly connected to the characters, and I didn't really like any of them (I also have trouble with characters who bemoan how difficult it is to be beautiful, as well as characters who fall in love with someone based heavily on how s/he looks). Since I'm not very familiar with the story of Cupid and Psyche, I can't really comment on how well it functions as a retelling, although I was hoping for some insight into how the story connected to our modern use of the word "psyche" (I didn't get it.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/31/2014

    " Lester retells the story of Psyche, Cupid, & Venus in a fun, modern tone. A fast read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela Adams mullins | 1/18/2014

    " Could not get into it. I did not like the style of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/7/2014

    " A cute fun read on a twist of a myth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/24/2013

    " This was a fairly cute version of what happens when Cupid himself falls in love with Psyche. I enjoyed the relevant-to-today cultural references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zouagie | 12/20/2013

    " Now this is a retelling I would love to read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 12/14/2013

    " Nothing wrong with this book, I'm just not that into Roman Mythology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/11/2013

    " This was a pretty cute story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby Burch | 10/17/2013

    " a funny but sweet greek myth told in true "story teller" style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 5/3/2013

    " Very, very funny. A great narration of a cute story...okay, so maybe 'cute' isn't a good word to describe Cupid and Psyche, but from what I hear, they were some hot stuff. ;) So we'll stick with cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Ralston | 4/10/2013

    " Gave me a whole new outlook at the gods and goddesses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierrah | 5/3/2012

    " I think the writer talks too much but at least it helps oyu understand the Story of Cupid and Psyche. Even though Venus was the antagonist she was still cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 3/18/2012

    " A most loved story brought to life in a new voice. I highly recommend the audio book version. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) | 2/26/2012

    " This would have been better if the author focused more on Cupid and Psyche instead of other stories that do not relate. The ending was rushed and I think this had the potential to be much more than it turned out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riah | 10/28/2011

    " oh my gosh!! this book was sooooo cute! i liked it a lot, it was really quick, i didn't really want it to end that fast! it was really different from other things i've read and i really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Hargrave | 9/1/2011

    " A very good retelling of the Psyche/Cupid myth. I enjoyed the characterization and modern feel (no actual modernization, but the style felt more contemporary). The narration was really good and I liked the almost folksy story telling feel the narrator had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 7/27/2011

    " This book was really good. The author is funny and puts a good twist to the classic myth of Cupid(Eros) and Psyche. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 6/9/2011

    " Not a bad book. I loke the original story, but I like how it was modernized to fit today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley FL | 3/7/2011

    " Interesting YA re-telling of the story of Cupid and Psyche, with an old Southern black man as narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy T | 2/1/2011

    " This was an cute story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akilah | 1/5/2011

    " Honestly, the only reason I kept reading was to see how the story was going to play out. The narrator, while offering up some tasty life bonmots, kind of got on my nerves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.s. | 10/30/2010

    " liked that it was told like a storyteller would tell it. It has a nice style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierrah | 10/13/2010

    " I think the writer talks too much but at least it helps oyu understand the Story of Cupid and Psyche. Even though Venus was the antagonist she was still cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riah | 10/7/2010

    " oh my gosh!! this book was sooooo cute! i liked it a lot, it was really quick, i didn't really want it to end that fast! it was really different from other things i've read and i really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 10/2/2010

    " I love this book so far because it is a tale of romance! And love! I want a guy like Cupid to fall in love with me! Like Cupid falls in love psychy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 8/26/2010

    " a funny but sweet greek myth told in true "story teller" style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/4/2010

    " Cute. I liked the voice in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia_of*the*shire_ | 2/19/2010

    " A quick n' easy read that is one of my favorites! I just love the story of Cupid & Psyche and this book expands on that myth. It's a must for mythology lovers and fans of cute romantic stories! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chalise | 12/1/2009

    " It was a telling of the myth of Cupid and Phycse. It was ok but not a fabulous book. It was intresting in the retelling. "

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About the Author
Author Julius Lester

Julius Lester is the Newbery Honor–winning author of more than twenty books for young readers. He lives in western Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Stephen McKinley Henderson’s extensive credits include appearances in The Newsroom and Law & Order and in the films Tower Heist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He received a Tony nomination for his work in the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.