Pandoras Jar: Women in the Greek Myths Audiobook, by Natalie Haynes Play Audiobook Sample

Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths Audiobook

Pandoras Jar: Women in the Greek Myths Audiobook, by Natalie Haynes Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Natalie Haynes Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063139497

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67:17 minutes

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13 seconds

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35:18 minutes

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“Funny, sharp explications of what these sometimes not-very-nice women were up to, and how they sometimes made idiots of . . . but read on!”—Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale

The national bestselling author of A Thousand Ships returns with a fascinating, eye-opening take on the remarkable women at the heart of classical stories Greek mythology from Helen of Troy to Pandora and the Amazons to Medea.

The tellers of Greek myths—historically men—have routinely sidelined the female characters. When they do take a larger role, women are often portrayed as monstrous, vengeful or just plain evil—like Pandora, the woman of eternal scorn and damnation whose curiosity is tasked with causing all the world’s suffering and wickedness when she opened that forbidden box. But, as Natalie Haynes reveals, in ancient Greek myths there was no box. It was a jar . . . which is far more likely to tip over.

In Pandora’s Jar, the broadcaster, writer, stand-up comedian, and passionate classicist turns the tables, putting the women of the Greek myths on an equal footing with the men. With wit, humor, and savvy, Haynes revolutionizes our understanding of epic poems, stories, and plays, resurrecting them from a woman’s perspective and tracing the origins of their mythic female characters. She looks at women such as Jocasta, Oedipus’ mother-turned-lover-and-wife (turned Freudian sticking point), at once the cleverest person in the story and yet often unnoticed. She considers Helen of Troy, whose marriage to Paris “caused” the Trojan war—a somewhat uneven response to her decision to leave her husband for another man. She demonstrates how the vilified Medea was like an ancient Beyonce—getting her revenge on the man who hurt and betrayed her, if by extreme measures. And she turns her eye to Medusa, the original monstered woman, whose stare turned men to stone, but who wasn’t always a monster, and had her hair turned to snakes as punishment for being raped.

Pandora’s Jar brings nuance and care to the millennia-old myths and legends and asks the question: Why are we so quick to villainize these women in the first place—and so eager to accept the stories we’ve been told?

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“Author Natalie Haynes, who also shines as narrator, is conversational, sarcastic, and surprisingly entertaining as she shares the stories of ten women who have long been vilified by historians and writers alike…All of the stories are well researched and intelligently presented by Haynes. The sections on Pandora, Medusa, and Medea are particularly engaging.”

— AudioFile 

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About Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes is the author of six books and has written and recorded six series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for the BBC. She has written for the London Times, the Independent, the Guardian, and the Observer. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and for the final Orange Prize in 2012. She is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Saturday Review and the long-running arts show, Front Row.