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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marie Phillips Narrator: Tom Sellwood Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees--a favorite pastime of Apollo's--is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, 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? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A madcap narrative that includes a visit to the underworld, flying thunderbolts, unrequited love, and the temporary extinguishing of the sun. Marie Phillips’s writing is fizzy, her premise clever, and her first novel amusing.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Phillips has an Olympian sense of absurdity, and there’s enough ambrosial wit here to seduce most mortals for an afternoon or two on the divan.”

    Washington Post

  • “Delicious fun…By turns poignant and zany, Gods Behaving Badly hums along, ever more the top and a hoot to boot.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Spectacular…funny and unpretentious, witty and readable, Gods Behaving Badly lives up to all its potential.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Takes on a sweetness and poignancy reminiscent of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…For a hip, irreverent airplane read, Gods Behaving Badly sticks to the ribs surprisingly well. The love story as its heart, and the heroism it inspires, is funny and heart-tugging, without off-putting histrionics…A novel with wit and staying power.”

    AV Club

  • “Delightful…Fanciful, humorous, and charming, this satire is as sweet as nectar.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wildly funny…Tom Sellwood undertakes an enormous cast of characters—from sexy, deep-throated goddesses to the whiny Apollo and an assortment of Londoners. The abridgement is flawless, keeping a high-energy pace and offering a barrel of laughs.”

    AudioFile

  • “Not for the pious, but lots of fun for everyone else.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely brilliant book!! I could't put it down. Very clever and funny. I'd thoroughly recommend it (although it is a bit rude!) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/12/2014

    " I found this to be a bit of a bizarre read. Funny at times, but other definitely not the greatest book...actually not even close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank Mancino | 2/10/2014

    " A very funny book and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dorota | 2/9/2014

    " It was a quick and amusing read. "

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About the Narrator

Tom Sellwood has recorded many audio books, including Hector Hugo Munro’s Witty, Weird, and OutrageousSaki Favorites; Mutiny on the Bounty; Treasure Island; Far from the Madding Crowd; Emma; a selection of P. G. Wodehouse’s short stories; and Wuthering Heights, to name a few.