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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Hamilton Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781611139280
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Edith Hamilton’s Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for modern readers the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture, the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We meet the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works of art, literature, and cultural inquiry from Freud’s Oedipus complex to Wagner’s Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra. Praised throughout the world for its authority and lucidity, Mythology is Edith Hamilton’s masterpiece, the standard by which all other books on mythology are measured.

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  • “Hamilton’s classic examines the roots and purpose of mythology as it relates the Greek, Roman, and Norse tales that hold the seeds of so much of Western literature. Narrator Suzanne Toren does an admirable job of balancing the scholarly and the literary. She moves smoothly between academic theory and an entertaining retelling of classic tales, adding layers of new understanding to these ancient stories. Unencumbered by sound effects and assorted voices, the listener can focus on the power of the stories themselves and come away with a new appreciation for how attuned to our deep-seated psyche and human motivations our ancient ancestors were. The attentive listener will come away from this listening experience with a basic understanding of how myth is integral to our present-day culture.”

    AudioFile

  • “No one in modern times has shown us more vividly than Edith Hamilton ‘the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.’ Filtering the golden essence from the mass of classical literature, she proved how applicable to our daily lives are the humor and wisdom of more than 2,000 years ago.”

    New York Times

  • “Edith Hamilton retells the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths with a sure taste and scholarship that help to restore their quality as perennial and refreshing fables about human nature, including our own.”

    New Yorker

  • “Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion—and this classic compendium is her tribute…Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here—Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus—each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle  and high school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

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About the Author
Author Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) graduated with a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, won the National Achievement Award in 1950, received honorary doctorates, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1957 she was made an honorary citizen of Athens and decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction by King Paul of Greece.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.