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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:
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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.

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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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.) "

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