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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanette Winterson Narrator: Dick Hill, Susie Breck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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 12 labours, 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 21st 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Januschka | 2/18/2014

    " Nice but not great. There was too much vague musing about personal experiences in there towards the end; I would have preferred if she had let the myth do the talking. Her reinterpretation, particularly of Heracles, was interesting though. More on that would have been nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dipsikha | 2/7/2014

    " Quotable and succinct at some places, and just very badly written at others. Tries too hard. :/ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boy Chris | 2/4/2014

    " Weightier than Atwood's contribution to the series, Winerson's thoughtful and captivating retelling was only thrown off by her random personal asides. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 2/1/2014

    " This books only redeeming quality was that Laika the sputnik dog gets a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elliat | 1/27/2014

    " Took a bit to get through it, but her writing is always so wonderful, worth the read (and great for brushing up on mythology) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk | 1/25/2014

    " A re-telling of the myth of Atlas and Heracles. Winterson's style is rich and sensual. I enjoyed this book very much. It's a very quick read; more of a novella than a novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/18/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. It was definitely different from what I'm used to reading by Winterson, but I think it worked out really well. Her re-telling of the myth of beautifully written. I only wish it had been longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liverwortlaura | 12/30/2013

    " classic Winterson retelling of the Atlas myth. Beautiful imagery, word play and time warping. Funny, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/21/2013

    " Maybe overdone a little. Not the story proper but the stories inside. Heavy on the semen references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julian | 12/12/2013

    " Definitely one of her weaker books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/7/2013

    " So I liked the telling of this myth. Winterson can be hit or miss for me because of occasional vulgarities that (to me) could be omited. Though she is, I feel, a wonderful storyteller, and I really enjoy her fantastical realism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ténzom | 11/17/2013

    " It started off with a beautifully poetic introduction that made sedimentary rocks sound like the rarest gemstones. Then the next thing I know, I'm reading about Heracles wanting to rape his step mother, and I'm thinking, "Well I'll be damned!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 5/30/2013

    " The myth of Atlas retold in the most enjoyable writing style. From the start I was hooked by Winterson's description of the flirtation between mother earth and the sea and loved her twist to the myth. Short and sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 3/6/2013

    " Stunning. I wish I could give this 10 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 11/26/2012

    " This is the best of the myth series that I have read sofar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 6/15/2012

    " Again, halfway through the telling, Winterson abandons her characters and just explains how she feels and why she picked the myth of Atlas to rewrite. It's very beautiful language, but the story is mirky. Like a movie with brilliant cinematography and no plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/15/2012

    " Winterson's retelling of this tale is wonderful and her writing is even better. I simply cannot get enough of this woman's words as they are strung together so beautifully. Truly an amazing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vrsoffer | 3/21/2012

    " I love Jeanette Winterson & I love the idea behind this series so I plan to read them all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 phoebe | 2/29/2012

    " typical winterson: delightfully spare way with words "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindywho | 6/2/2011

    " This was an odd one. I love Winterson's poetic prose, but it was a kind of mash of mythology and introspection and wish fulfillment. The two readers read it a bit over emphatically, like they were in a play, which makes sense with the text, but was also distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catarina | 3/9/2011

    " The myth of Atlas and Heracles retold. I am not sure how I feel about the mixing of the myth with the more modern parts; it felt awkward to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/9/2011

    " I love, love, love Lou Schuler's advice and attitudes about fitness and nutrition. I also enjoy his writing style a lot. I absorbed this book in less than three days. I can't wait to try Alwyn's workout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/5/2011

    " I thought this book had some very good information. I am looking forward to doing these workouts after my surgery and recovery. I will update the review after I've done some of the workouts. "

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About the Author
Author Jeanette Winterson

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.