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Author: Jeanette Winterson Narrator: Dick Hill, Susie Breck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781423307891
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In ancient Greek mythology Atlas, a member of the original race of gods called Titans, leads a rebellion against the new deities, the Olympians. For this he incurs divine wrath: the victorious Olympians force Atlas, guardian of the Garden of Hesperides and its golden apples of life, to bear the weight of the earth and the heavens for eternity.

When the hero Heracles, as one of his famous twelve labors, is tasked with stealing these apples he seeks out Atlas, offering to shoulder the world temporarily if the Titan will bring him the fruit. Knowing that Heracles is the only person with the strength to take his burden, and enticed by the prospect of even a short-lived freedom, Atlas agrees and an uneasy partnership is born.

With her typical wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson brings Atlas into the twenty-first century. Simultaneously, she asks her own difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we forge our own destiny. Visionary and inventive, yet completely believable and relevant to our lives today, Winterson's skill in turning the familiar on its head and showing us a different truth is once more put to dazzling effect.

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About the Author

Jeanette Winterson, born in Manchester, England, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? as well as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and The Passion. Her work has won many prizes, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Stonewall Award. She is professor of new writing at the University of Manchester.

About the Narrators

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.

Susie Breck’s work has garnered awards both as narrator and director. She won an Audie Award, the audiobook industry’s top honor, for her narration of Sharyn McCrumb’s Ghost Riders. She is married to fellow voice talent Dick Hill, an AudioFile Golden Voice.