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Extended Audio Sample D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Audiobook, by Ingri d'Aulaire Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.45212121212121 out of 54.45212121212121 out of 54.45212121212121 out of 54.45212121212121 out of 54.45212121212121 out of 5 4.45 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire Narrator: Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Turner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9780449014172
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No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there’s no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D’Aulaires’ book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly, and mortal, personalities.

No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world’s art and literature over the centuries. This introduction to mythology is a treasure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Excellent and excitingly evocative.”

    New York Times

  • “For any child fortunate enough to have this generous book…the kings and heroes of ancient legend will remain forever matter-of-fact.”

    Horn Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/20/2014

    " Grew up on this--still love it, or at least like it. All Greek gods will forever look to me like the drawings in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linnea | 2/14/2014

    " It's a perfect book to use to introduce Greek mythology to children. The illustrations are also extremely lovely, and sometimes I found myself spending as much time studying the visuals as much as I did the text. I loved this book when I read my sister's copy, I loved it when I read it for my sixth grade mythology unit, and I loved it when I would flip through it just for fun years later. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 lauren | 2/5/2014

    " beautifully illustrated, interestingly written myths, a favorite for always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Rogers | 1/31/2014

    " got for her 8th bday from G&G Schultz 4 days ago...already on third read-thru. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seale Ballenger | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this so much as a kid, that I bought another copy as an adult. The illustrations are mesmerizing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/27/2014

    " This inspired my love of Greek myths as a child. My sister and I nearly wore our copy out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 1/23/2014

    " This book was very informative and fun to read. It got me very interested in mythology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 1/17/2014

    " If your child only reads one book on mythology, this is the one. The stories are engaging, the artwork is beautiful. Some myths can be gruesome and difficult to follow, but the D'Aulaire's have made there version easy to understand and like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laszlo | 1/16/2014

    " A good book, with lots of good stories. Read it to your kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beatrice | 1/15/2014

    " A lush, rich book on Greek Mythology "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/13/2014

    " One of the favorite books of my childhood - and my kids love it too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 rhea | 12/26/2013

    " I just remember getting this book and looking up the origin of my name. I also remember the day a teacher of mine pulled it put in class and I was extremely excited because I already knew most of it by heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madam | 12/11/2013

    " LOVED this book as a child. A great intro to Greek mythology for children. "

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

    " This was a great book to read with my kids to introduce them to the Greek Myths. Great storytelling and the artwork really captures the spirit of the myths. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 9/27/2013

    " This was one of my favorite books as a child, and now I have a 7 year-old and he is reading it alongside his Percy Jackson books to research the gods and creatures in his books. He loves it just as much as I did! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 9/8/2013

    " Who really ever finishes this book? But what a superlative reference ithas been throughout the Percy Jackson series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 8/31/2013

    " so, this is pretty much a book for kids, but it was good. i have always been interested in greek mythology, and this was an easy read, and you get to learn all the stories that you may remember from your childhood. i like the idea that there is a story to explain why things are the way they are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wifey | 8/8/2013

    " Amazing intro to Greek mythology. Perfect for all ages, beautiful illustrations, and surprisingly thorough. It includes a "family tree" and sections on the Olympian Gods, minor gods, hero stories, and creation myths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/25/2013

    " Really good information in this book. Has tons of greek myths in it. I also really liked the illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/13/2013

    " I loved this book in elementary school--I was so fascinated by the Greeks and their myths. We read it in class every week in my "gifted" class, and then I would check it out from the library so I could read it at home too. The story of Persephone and the pomegranate seeds resonated with me the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey AverillHarden | 7/7/2013

    " Read this in the fifth grade :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryony | 6/23/2013

    " I loved this book. It was such a great introduction to Greek mythology, and the pictures are great, too. I had no idea just how much of our culture today has been influenced by the ancient Greeks. Awesome book! And now Percy Jackson, here I come! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/22/2013

    " My father bought me this book and I wore it out. I credit it with sparking my interest in mythologies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 3/26/2013

    " Every child to whom I am related receives a copy. The illustrations have wandered in my imagination for almost forty years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Donaghy | 3/8/2013

    " My childhood copy is tattered, practically coverless, and very well loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meltha | 2/12/2013

    " Loved, loved, LOVED this when I was a kid. Bred my lifetime myth addiction. Also made me develop a wild crush on Apollo and prompted me to dress up as Athena for Halloween when I was 11. Okay, I was an odd kid; don't hold it against the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Schultz | 2/10/2013

    " I loved reading this book when I was about 10--all of the illustrations have really stuck with me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 carissa | 1/16/2013

    " Recommended Ages: grades 4 and up "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessika | 12/15/2012

    " Best Greek myth book ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.R. | 12/8/2012

    " Where most kids are raised on Dr. Seuss, I had D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. This is a delightful, accessible version of what you might call the key Greek fables and myths - the ones that probably show up most often in older literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 12/6/2012

    " Another book for our homeschool. Fun book about myths written in understandable English. I learned a lot! I recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 11/14/2012

    " Concise summary of the major (and some minor) Greek myth gods. Interesting to note the repetion in theme. "

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About the Author

Ingri d’Aulaire (1904-1980) was a Norwegian-American portrait painter, illustrator, and children’s book author. She met her husband, Edgar Parin d’Aulaire at art school in Paris, and together they went on to write and illustrate twenty-seven picture books. In 1940 they received the Caldecott Medal for Abraham Lincoln, and in 1973 d’Aulaires’ Trolls was a National Book Award finalist.

About the Narrators

Paul Newman is an award-winning actor and director. He has starred in dozens of motion pictures including Cool Hand Luke, The Sting, and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. Among the films he has directed are The Glass Menagerie, Harry and Son, and Rachel, Rachel.

Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win the Academy Award for best actor for his outstanding performance in Lilies of the Field in 1963. His landmark films include The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and To Sir, With Love. He has starred in over 40 films, directed nine, and written four. He is the author of two autobiographies: This Life and the Oprah’s Book Club pick and New York Times bestseller The Measure of a Man. Among many other accolades, Poitier has been awarded the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the Life Achievement Award, for an outstanding career and humanitarian accomplishment. He is married, has six daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. 

Kathleen Turner is an award-winning actress who has starred in over twenty-five films including Prizzi’s Honor, Romancing the Stone, and The War of the Roses, along with twelve Broadway shows including The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She is active in Planned Parenthood, People for the American Way, and City Meals on Wheels. She lives in New York City.