Mythology


Fiction - Audiobook
496 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2013
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Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite

If you are looking for a classic book to listen to while driving to work or across the country, look no further than “Mythology” by Edith Hamilton. This audio book enriches a car ride and lets its readers get lost in stories of heroes, kings, gods, and goddesses. The quality of the stories captured in this volume is excellent and the retelling by Hamilton engages the reader, or, in this case, the listener. One of the best features of this unabridged collection is the fact that Hamilton includes the source of the myth before it is told, helping to shape the background for the listener. It was quite pleasant to see the names that my classmates and I had struggled with during high school flow so effortlessly off the narrator’s tongue.

The most disappointing feature of this audio book has to deal with a lack in the original text. There is an overabundance of Greek and Roman mythology, with relatively little to no Norse mythology. However, this is not to say that “Mythology” is a disappointing read. Although this selection does not pay as much attention to the Norse myths as might be hoped, given that they are “advertised” as an equal partner with the Greek and Roman myths, there is enough material there to satisfy an initial jump into the world of the Vikings’ gods and goddesses. I personally have always loved myths and fairy tales, and the fact that I can listen to these stories and give my eyes a break is wonderful.