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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Renault Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Slaying the Minotaur was only the beginning. Theseus's legendary exploits continue in this magnificent novel of mythological adventure in classical Greece. Esteemed author Mary Renault picks up where her classic The King Must Die left off, relating the tale of Theseus's triumphant return from Crete to become King of Athens. Plunge into the thrilling world of the continuing adventures of this mythic ruler, from his famous capture of the Amazon Hippolyta to the bitter twist of fate that loosened the bull from the sea. Renault's writing is rich with color and drama, vividly capturing the heroism and uniquely Greek sense of destiny that characterize this classic tale of a royal ruler who looms larger than life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Gager | 2/15/2014

    " Just got started last night but already Theseus has disposed of the Bull of Marathon(the title bull). Many adventures await as well as his ultimate fate. As was foretold... So now he's met and taken Hyppolyta and put off Phaedra. The description of his Amazon/Scythian lover reminds me of Libby Riddles, a former Iditarod musher from years ago. In the SI article about her there was a picture of her naked from behind waistupwards. Scary beautiful... As we know, Theseus will be paying a price for his defiance of custom and tradition. It's interesting to read about him trying to ease out the dominance of Goddess/Earth Mother worship that is dominated by women. Kind of reminds me of "Dune" and the controlling witch cult(Bene Gesserit(sp?)). And now I'm done and find that this book is even better than "The King Must Die". It certainly covers a lot more time. Theseus' life as King of Athens, assuming he was a real person, is placed in the time between the exploits of Jason and Herakles(Hercules) and the Trojan War. Achilles is seen as a boy on Skyros just before Theseus' death. Aegeus, Hyppolyta, Hyppolytus, Phaedra, Medea, Minos, Minotauros, Oedipus, Antigone, Kreon, Ariadne and Menestheus are all part of the two-book saga. Interesting are MR's attempt to employ English in a way that must suggest the structure of ancient Greek. Also fascinating is the portrayal of a culture where pagan religious practice is so close to the hearts and minds and actions of people. Curses, prophesies, offerings, sacrifices(including human), myth and legend are all close at hand. also of interest is her portrayal of Hyppolyta as a paragon of alternative feminity. 4 1/2 stars... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lois | 2/3/2014

    " I thought I'd like this book because it was about mythology, and Theseus, etc. but the writing didn't keep my attention. I stopped reading about half way through. I don't tend to finish "okay" books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 2/3/2014

    " A retelling of the story of the ancient Minoans and the Minator in the Maze. Well researched historical novel about ancient Cretan culture woven into an absorbing adventure. Well written, hard to put down, leaves you hunting for more novels by the same gifted author. Never disappointed me when I found one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erik Graff | 2/1/2014

    " While a good read, The Bull from the Sea ('62) is not quite as exciting as the story of Theseus' youth in The King Must Die ('58). Like its predecessor, it rationalizes ancient Greek myths, many of which were far more interlinked than most moderns recognize. Thus, this novel covers both legends of the Amazons as well as the story of Hippolytus and Phaedra (handled, famously, by Euripides). "

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