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Download The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur #4 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor Pelevin Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Victor Pelevin, the iconoclastic and wildly interesting contemporary Russian novelist who The New Yorker named one of the Best European Writers Under 35, upends any conventional notions of what mythology must be with his unique take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

They have never met, they have been assigned strange pseudonyms, they inhabit identical rooms that open out onto very different landscapes, and they have entered a dialogue they cannot escape - a discourse defined and destroyed by the Helmet of Horror. Its wearer is the dominant force they call Asterisk, a force for good and ill in which the Minotaur is forever present and Theseus is the great unknown.

The Helmet of Horror is structured according to the way we communicate in the 21st century - using the Internet - yet instilled with the figures and narratives of classical mythology. It is a labyrinthine examination of epistemological uncertainty that radically reinvents the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur for an age where information is abundant but knowledge ultimately unattainable. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nisá | 2/5/2014

    " i feel like having conversation with myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't like it when I was reading it, but now I keep seeing things that remind me of it. More like "No Exit" than Greek myth but what do I know? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucia | 2/2/2014

    " This is my third book in the Canongate The Myths series. First of all...sweet title and secondly...wow! It is supposed to be a re-telling of the myth of Theseus and the minotaur. I say "supposed to be" because it is more of a re-structuring of the myth than a re-telling. The "story" is told in the form of an internet chat room, which is not a format I expected to like, however, I found that the dialogue flowed nicely that way and the screen-names/characters were witty, funny and very interesting. I would have given this 4 stars but I did not like the ending, even though it was to be expected. I also more appearances by the helmet of horror! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S.j. Hirons | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting up to a point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 1/11/2014

    " Clever idea but not well developed and left me wondering...???what??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer | 1/8/2014

    " Put on the Helmet of Horror and prepare to get your mind blown right out your ears. Author Victor Pelevin gets all existential on us as he leads us through a veritable fun-house of philosophical horrors. I really dig his description of perception and reality as well as his breakdown of physics vs. the Love of God. Part of Canongate's series on modern takes of ancient myths, Pelevin takes on Theseus and the Minotaur. This book isn't for everyone, with its chat-room thread narrative, but for those who can get into it will find it thrilling. Since it is written in a series of posts from the handful of folks trapped in the Labyrinth, it is a short read. It only took me a couple of days (that says a lot). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/7/2014

    " Three and a half. Strange, and written in an interesting style, and it twists up your mind just a touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty Caddy | 1/6/2014

    " I think I'm with some other people when I say I didn't necessarily "like" this book, opposed to the fact that I understood it. It's a clever retelling/reinterpretation of Theseus and the Minotaur... completely not what I was expecting. A quick, interesting read, but not brilliant, in my own mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lewis Pritchard | 12/28/2013

    " Goes nowhere, tries to say something but fails. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisella | 12/4/2013

    " A sly discourse on the many meanings of the Minotaur; an allegory, a true look at ourselves, maybe even an imposition from an outside source. Not a good read though, a good reading of the Minotaur myth with comments from others would be more comprehensive, and easier than a chat room weirdfest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/30/2013

    " A couple of people have told me that Pelevin is better in English translation than in Russian. I've tried the Russian and can't say I'm fluent enough to say, but in English his books, particularly this one, read like snapshots more than a story. It creates an impression, but it's not a lasting one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/18/2013

    " The best of the Canongate Myth Series so far! Well, the best of the ones I've read, anyway. Talk about a modern re-telling of an ancient myth! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sebastien Swift | 8/18/2013

    " Extremely quick read. Unconventional, thought-provoking, and worth much more attention and review as a philosophical essay, rather than novel. I recommend everyone pick it up before it drifts into obscurity, as it seems to be doing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/31/2013

    " Reminded me--unpleasantly--of endless college readings of absurdist plays. Thankfully it was not very long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bex | 12/28/2012

    " i was really excited to read this but was disappointed. unfortunately the potential i was expecting was not fulfilled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/3/2011

    " the next generation of russian lit...interesting, confusing, original, existential. i wouldnt be surprised if my chidren study pelevin in college one day... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 DB | 4/9/2011

    " Plenty of interesting ideas come into focus and could potentially generate a great deal of engaging discussion. But after finishing the book, I'd rather just have a bullet point list of those ideas than sift through this weird little beast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 1/7/2011

    " It was a disappointment. I really liked the Atwood book in this series, but this one not so much. Oh, well, at least it was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 8/21/2010

    " One of the best books I've ever read. Again, a futurist writing style, likely too contemporary for most, but so well-written, and a dazzling recreation of an age-old myth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shariful | 1/27/2010

    " Enjoyed it. Percy is cool ;) with his awesome sword-slashing skills. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 2/21/2009

    " we have enjoyed reading 1, 2, and 3, so this should be just as good. The action started from word one. We love reading the titles of the chapters just as a fun way to see if we can even guess the adventure. "

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