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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,743 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie Phillips Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415947418
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Being immortal is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve Greek gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London town house—and are none too happy about it. Even more disturbing, their powers are waning.

For Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator), and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic), there’s no way out—until a meek cleaner, Alice, and her would-be boyfriend, Neil, turn their world literally upside down. When what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills, Alice and Neil are caught in the cross fire, and they must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed—but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

Gods Behaving Badly is that rare thing: a charming, funny, utterly original first novel that satisfies the head and the heart.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rene Singley | 2/15/2014

    " Fun way to learn the ancient greek gods and their skills "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/11/2014

    " I love anything mythology and this puts a current twist on my beloved Olympians. Funny,witty and adventurous, a great British comedy about our favorite trouble makers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyable read. Funny at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aki | 1/23/2014

    " Quick lighthearted read and a fun refresher on your Greek mythology. Finished in an afternoon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 1/10/2014

    " This is a cute, quick read based around an idea first hit upon by Neil Gaiman in "American Gods." Author Marie Phillips imagines a world in which the major Greek gods all moved to London about 400 years ago, bought a house and then went to seed. These gods are so bored with their lives that they can barely muscle the power to keep the sun shining and the wine flowing. Most of their time is spent playing pranks on each other and the occasional humans who get in their way. Two of those humans, however, wind up giving the gods a renewed sense of purpose and saving the world in the process. Fun but not meaty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 12/28/2013

    " I found out about this book because The Atlantic was reading it for their online book club. Let me just say, what a good choice! I totally devoured it. As the description says the novel is about the Olympians in modern times and their fall from being worshiped. Throw in a couple of "mortals" to their present state and it makes for funny reading material. I enjoyed how the author made the gods and goddesses look like an actual family. I thought that it was also clever on her part to give them a certain amount of humanity, while making them seem so unaware of their similarities to regular people. This is definitely for people who loved mythology when they were younger. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill M. | 12/19/2013

    " It was just not what I really expected. Not my favorite. Rather predictable. Oh well, still worked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/16/2013

    " It began so strongly, tongue-in-cheek with surprising little one-liners and descriptions that made me laugh out loud. About half-way through, plot finally emerged, but the humor fizzled. And then the plot ended quickly with such a predictable, "wait-I-thought-that-was-the-idea-all-along" revelation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Fitzgerald | 12/14/2013

    " I kept hearing about this book on CBC and everyone loved it. That is because it is awesome. The Olympians are all perfectly developed and the mortal characters are sweet and you just want to kiss poor Neil by the end of it. It's David Sedaris meets Queen Camilla. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/5/2013

    " This book is absolutely hilarious!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina * | 12/3/2013

    " Very entertaining read, and the audiobook delivery was nearly perfect. I'll be ordering a paper copy to use with my World Lit students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/13/2013

    " Funny, entertaining, & deliciously naughty! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 11/9/2013

    " A hilarious short read about what it would be like to have roman gods in current time - setting in London. A modern day epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kp | 10/23/2013

    " hilarious read, especially if you like greek mythology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJC | 10/3/2013

    " Very fun little book - I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SenoraG | 7/9/2013

    " Listening to this book had me laughing out loud so many times. Great, fun listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/7/2013

    " I had to read this for my Classical Greek Mythology class. It was really funny, and easy to read which I couldn't put it down. "

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

    " This book is so funny. It's a great afternoon read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewra | 1/25/2013

    " A hilarious and delightfully fluffy read, just what I needed over the break. It's not bloody Shakespeare, but still good fun. Thanks Larry for loaning it to me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bre | 12/17/2012

    " I love this book! It is so different && i love the Greek&& Roman mythology "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarra | 11/20/2012

    " This wasn't as good as I was led to believe from previous reviewers. The story is simple enough, the Greek Gods are living on earth much diminished and unable to use their full powers until housekeeper Alice comes along and shakes things up. Maybe it was the execution, but somehow I expected more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/17/2011

    " Cute book! Entertaining and a very sweet plot. (Seriously, any book that ends with a happy wedding is sweet, imo.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/11/2011

    " Beach read. Would recommend to anyone going to the beach. ;) Read the synopsis...I don't have more to add. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 monica | 7/29/2011

    " Hilarious! Imagine a mash-up of Percy Jackson and Bridget Jones. (Definitely the adult portions of Bridget!) The Greek gods are living in modern-day London and aren't having an easy time of it. this is a quick, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 5/2/2011

    " It could have been so much more -- the author should have had more fun with it!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/28/2011

    " Oh how I wanted this to be good. The dust jacket and the Powell's sales person really sold it. But it was fluff. And not good fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/19/2011

    " A different way to write about what the world thought they knew about greek mythology. Set in modern times, with a dry sense of humor and unexpected plot development. The characters are intriguing. A very funny take on what the gods would be like now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/14/2011

    " Though I love mythology and thought the gods were well depicted. It was dull and I thought the story line was pretty weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/3/2011

    " like 'percy jackson' for adults -- funnier and better written! still same concept though, predictable, but good to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/1/2011

    " What a dreadful book. It's a great concept, but the author missed the target. I only finished the book because I paid for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 3/26/2011

    " Brilliantly funny and intriguing book. I always enjoy books about Gods in the real world and this one outlines the greek gods in jobs that I could really believe they would do. The underworld being underneath Islington too was also a brilliant idea :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 3/24/2011

    " Fluffy and silly, but entertaining and easy to read. I read my kid's Percy Jackson books, so it was fun to have another viewpoint on modern day Greek Gods. (In much reduced curcumstances)

    Some sex and language. "

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