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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,651 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Renault Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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This is the classic story of the young Theseus - Prince of Troizen, King of Eleusis and Athens, slayer of the Minotaur. Mary Renault's powerful novel captures the modern imagination by weaving myth, legend, history, and fiction into the story of a young hero's search for his destiny, or moira. With divine guidance, Theseus faces countless challenges in his quest for his moira. From Theseus's early life as a prince, to his leadership of a captive team of bulldancers in Crete, not to mention his thrilling encounters with Poseidon, The King Must Die captures the full force of adventure, battle, and an epic quest. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 2/1/2014

    " A great retelling of Theseus and the Minator, bringing the legend to life. The story is told in such a way that you feel like you are reading the story of Theseus and what really happened. Great read, highly recommended for anyone who has any love of Mythology or Ancient Greece, or even anyone looking for a great adventure story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michaela | 1/29/2014

    " Story of Theseus. Author is meticulous in detail. Fascinating glimpse into ancient culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/4/2014

    " This is a retelling of the Theseus myth, which was published in 1958 originally. It's not as complex a read as the original translations, and it does a pretty good job of capturing a portion of ancient Greek religions. The Theseus myth is set in a BC era, and it's interesting to read about the constant shifting of Greek religions with the knowledge that they would be all but wiped out by Judaism and Christianity. Fans of the Hunger Games with some basic experience in classical literature would like this novel, there are a lot of very obvious similarities between the stories and characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/3/2014

    " Definitely remember reading this in high school. Not very good, but I'm not a big Greek mythology fan anyway.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisha | 12/31/2013

    " This is the first in a set of two by Renault- it is the prequel to The Bull from the Sea. They are both powerful, convincting, hallucinogenic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Sexton | 12/30/2013

    " This bood was so good! It is the reason I read any more Mary Renault. This is my favorite of hers. Really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 11/8/2013

    " Not the easiest to read. Enjoyed the story but got lost several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Marshall | 10/21/2013

    " This book wasn't a quick read for me but it was an enjoyable retelling of a well-known myth. I enjoy authors that can take a myth and give a realistic telling of what might have actually inspired the story. I would recommend this book and I'll probably check out some of her others as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Coleman | 10/3/2013

    " In my opinion, she was the greatest of historical novelists, and this is her masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/16/2013

    " This would be in my top ten favourite novels and that's saying a lot. Fabulous exciting moving adventure story based on the myth of Theseus. Mary Renault's books are all worth a go but this is one of her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 2/12/2013

    " I read everything Mary Renault wrote about the Ancient Greek world. She is a master and cannot be surpassed, at least at this point in time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jane | 1/19/2013

    " Ancient Greek. Well written historical "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sarah | 7/23/2012

    " i would give this ZERO stars if possible "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 11/24/2011

    " The story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yuki | 10/3/2011

    " Cover art by Eric Carle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/17/2011

    " This is a novelization of the Greek legend of hero Theseus. I'm not sure how accurate it is in depicting life in Ancient Greece, but Mary Renault is a respected writer. She does write beautifully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan-k | 5/22/2011

    " Mary Renault writes the BEST historical fiction ever. Some passages were so glorious they had to be reread and savored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily Kerrigan | 5/15/2011

    " I'm a nerd for historical fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/2/2011

    " Read this one in prep school so the date read is just an approximation. More recently read "The Mask of
    Apollo". I remember enjoying "The King..." very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/6/2011

    " Mary Renault writes the BEST historical fiction ever. Some passages were so glorious they had to be reread and savored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 3/1/2011

    " The King Must Die is a fine retelling of the Theseus legend. Carefully researched and grounded by a restrained and elegant English, the book rewards careful reading while satisfying a reader's lust for adventure and exoticism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/9/2011

    " I read everything Mary Renault wrote about the Ancient Greek world. She is a master and cannot be surpassed, at least at this point in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley | 1/9/2011

    " Skillful retelling of ancient legends. Warning: protagonist is unabashedly patriarchy-oriented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 12/29/2010

    " Not one of her better works, IMO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilse | 12/27/2010

    " Very interesting; good way to connect to some greek mythology; story about Theseus "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/25/2010

    " I had to read this for a Western Civilization course in my undergrad. I really enjoyed them, great for any lover of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 10/12/2010

    " Renault is one of my favorite ancient history novelists... I had to read this for a course in college, and went on to read more Renault because I loved how she makes history come alive. "

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