Tales from the Greek Legends

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The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valour against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder. In this new retelling, the Tales come alive more vividly than ever with the added ...

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Overview

The great myths of Ancient Greece have inspired mankind for centuries. Each of the heroes has to undergo trials of strength and courage to prove his valour against a host of monsters - the Minotaur, half man, half bull; Hydra, the many-headed serpent; Medusa the Gorgon. Meanwhile, the gods, lead by Zeus the Thunderer from his seat on Mount Olympus, watch, encourage, help - and sometimes hinder. In this new retelling, the Tales come alive more vividly than ever with the added drama of popular music by Holst, Wagner and others.

Music: Holst, Wagner, Kalinnikov, Cui, Lachner, Debussy Mendelssohn, Ciurlionis

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
Listeners will have no trouble conjuring up Zeus, Hera, Theseus, Jason, Heracles, Perseus, and the gruesome monsters they encounter in this fast moving and solemn retelling of ancient Greek myths. Listeners beware! Blood, gore and heartbreaking endings abound in these tales. The narrator begins with the creation of life from chaos. The Greek gods come off as scheming, vengeful and haughty. In cruel twists of fate, the bravest, most clever heroes slay monsters, but lose out in the end. Some even lose their lives. Jason succeeds in his daring quest to obtain the Golden Fleece and becomes king, then he dies, heartbroken, in a terrible accident. There is dashing Perseus, who outsmarts Medusa, and Theseus, son of Aegeas, who fells monsters and giants. Although he was a hero, his fate was to be separated from the two people he loved most: his father and the lovely Ariadne. In a dream, Theseus sees that Ariadne is destined to marry Dionysus, and knows that he, a mere mortal, cannot stand in her way. Listeners learn about Icarus, who flies with wax wings too close to the sun and dies. There is Orpheus the musician who helps Jason in his quest. And, the legend of Pandora's Box is also retold here. The narrator does a solid job, but this is a lot of material for one voice to carry. The stories can get monotonous and it may be advisable to listen to one or two at a time. This audio book, which is enhanced with classical music, is one in the publisher's "Junior Classics" series. Approximate listening time is two and one-half hours. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626340196
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.91 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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