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by Geraldine McCaughrean

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or to order - we no longer sell directly.)

Digital editions, some for download, some streaming, are available from Hoopla,, Tales2Go, Playaway, and Overdrive.

Theseus is beloved of the gods. He is also—alas—a bit too beloved of himself. But when a man is bigger, bolder, stronger, and more desirable than any man around him, what is to hold his feet on the earth?

The tale is one every educated person should know—not just Theseus’s pulse-pounding battle with the terrifying minotaur, but the whole arc of his life. Follow him through his first, high-spirited adventures with monsters such as Procrustes and Sciron, through his years as king of Athens and his great loves Hippolyta and Phaedra, to the thundering climax of his fateful conflict with his son, a tale filled with deep pain, and great love.

With prose that is graceful, witty, poetic, and sometimes ferocious, England’s most honored writer for young people brings a great hero’s story to fresh life for listeners of all ages.


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  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3643-3     n/a     Three CDs  
Approximate Running Time:  3 hours

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Theseus encounters the Tree-Bender. (3:00, about 4.2)

"Superbly narrated by Cynthia Bishop . . . Highly recommended for listeners from 9 to 90, 'Theseus' will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to school and community library audio book collections."
    — Midwest Book Review August 2009
"Geraldine McCaughrean's accessible retelling of the tale (Cricket, 2005) about Theseus brings to life the handsome, talented son of King Aegeus of Athens who slays the Minotaur (among his many accomplishments), is loved by Ariadne and the Amazon Queen Hippolyte, and finally gets his recompense from the curse that he asks the gods to place upon his beloved son. Cynthia Bishop narrates, and the full cast makes each of the characters unique with their own flaws and agendas."
    — School Library Journal May, 2009
"With a light and animated feel, Mark Austin and the Full Cast crew read award-winning British children's author Geraldine McCaughrean's witty and poetic retelling of Theseus's long life of battling monsters, tragic mishaps, and lost loves. In this bold and cautionary tale, the brash, egotistical Theseus turns out to be one of the more complex, human, and star-crossed characters in Greek myth."
    — Audiofile July, 2009    Read entire review…
"Bishop's narration manages to balance a godly regal elegance with the enthusiastic breathlessness of fandom, creating a perfect frame to showcase the ensemble group of readers. Mark Austin, as Theseus, excellently portrays an egotistic yet innocently beguiling strongman. He shouts the hero's trademark refrain to the gods, "Did you see? Were you watching?" with whiz-bang joy. ... This enjoyable audio will find plenty of takers."
    — Booklist April 15, 2009

Meet the Cast:

Mark AustinTheseus
Karel BlakeleyDaedalus
Rob FondaHippolytus
Alec FunicelloIcarus
Joshua GutmakerYoung Theseus
Trevor HillKing Minos
Rozlynn Jakes-JohnsonPhaedra
Andrea LeonardHippolyta
Claire McAuliffeAdriadne
Chelsea MixonOracle Xenoclea
Bill MoleskyKing Aegus
Rick PowellThe Minotaur
George RichardsonPrince Medus
Lauren SyngerMedea
Directed by:Bruce Coville
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