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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,164 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ovid Narrator: Barry Kraft Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ovid’s sensuous and witty poem brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often as a result of love or lust, in which men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best known myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy. Mortals become gods, animals turn to stone, and humans change into flowers, trees, or stars.

First published in AD 8, Ovid’s Metamorphoses remains one of the most accessible and inspirational introductions to Greek mythology.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is Ovid’s perhaps unique genius to offer his tales of transformed bodies both as metaphors for the pivotal moments of the human life cycle and as comments on the social construction of that life cycle in his own time.”

    Robert Squillace, professor, New York University

  • “In Ovid’s witty, sensuous poem no one ever remains the same…Narrator Barry Kraft has picked up this energy, sharply and precisely attacking each word of Miller's translation…[He] batters us, wave upon wave, with the archetypal power of each tale…This is a refresher course in mythology at its best.”


  • “Ovid's Metamorphoses, in winding its way through the ages to modern times, lavished its own beneficence on literary traditions, from his contemporaries th the medieval moralizers to enlightened neo-Agustans.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linsey | 2/20/2014

    " I feel like I would like this a lot more if I wasn't being forced to read it due to a course. It is one of those books that has been on my to-read list for sometimes, and really it is rather like picking up the bible and deciding that might be some nice light reading. It is the same sort of idea really, origin myths in place, stories of gods and men but instead of from Christian mythology, it is Greek mythology. There is nothing wrong with that of course, and there is every chance I will pick up this book again some time in the future and maybe then I will enjoy it more because I am not speed-reading in attempt to make an essay make sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt Sime | 2/14/2014

    " An easier read than Virgil's Aeneid, but most of that credit goes to translator David R. Slavitt. Not really an epic poem, and certainly not a traditional story structure - I've never read a poem like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 2/13/2014

    " Ovid was quite enjoyable, entertaining the reader with his stories and myths and tales of the Greek and Roman gods and heroes. His theory in book XV about souls gliding aimlessly between creatures and men is strange, to say the least, but it's interesting to read about it. Overall, Metamorphoses entertained and educated me about the Greek and Roman myths, which is a nice treat for a school book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter Kolesnikov | 2/12/2014

    " What does one say about such an icon of world literature that hasn't been said a thousand times before? A collection of stories gathered from Greco-roman sources woven together into a semi-cohesive narrative based on the recurrence of various transformations, it has served as an inspiration for Shakespeare and many lesser writers in the western canon. I absolutely love it and have read it in various translations, both verse and prose, over the years. Highly recommend. "

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