Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus

The Synopsis:

Smarter in sixty minutes.

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each.

You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The 12 Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating audiobook introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.

I received this book from in60learning for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Review:

Greek MythologyGreek Mythology is an extremely broad topic, nevertheless, it’s one that has always intrigued me. Especially since so much of our modern language and stories are derived from these myths.

In this volume of in60learning, we spend an hour listening to stories about the Greek gods, explanations of their origins, and even how Greek mythology affects us today in the modern world.

I’ve reviewed a book for in60learning before (Detroit: From Boom to Bust and Back Again) however, this is my first audiobook from them. First, I’d like to say that I love the concept of in60learning! Sometimes, we’re too busy to pick up a 900+ page documentary on a subject we’re interested in, so in60learing has created resources that you can read, or listen to, in just 60 minutes! Now, because there is such a short amount of time, you can’t expect tons of detail to be included, but if you’re looking for a quick topic overview (or you’re a student needing some sources for a paper), in60learning has quite a list to choose from.

As for this particular volume, I would have much preferred to read the book rather than listen to it. I love audiobooks, and the narrator certainly did a great job, but there is just so much information packed into this that it is literally overwhelming to listen to. I would have preferred reading it at a much slower pace, looking at the words myself, and probably taking a little bit longer than an hour to soak all the info in. It’s just a lot, very sudden.

I did like the structure though. First they cover the origins of the gods according to beliefs, then how the gods interacted with humanity, stories of human heroes, and how so much of our culture (like Marvel and DC comics) are inspired from Greek myths. I definitely learned a lot.

So, I do recommend this book, as well as other material from this publisher, I just don’t recommend the audiobook over the book. You’d likely learn much more reading the book at your own pace.  I give the audio 3 out of 5 stars.

I would like to note that the topic of Greek Mythology is very sexual at times and this book does not leave that out. I would not advice this to be a resource for young students.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

Rated:

3 stars


Rayleigh is a Sophomore in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.