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The Song of Orpheus

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a funny, adventure-filled collection of wonderfully weird "new" Greek myths. This unforgettable collection spins tales of love and loss, hilariously vain superheroes, ancient robots, untrappable giant foxes, men reborn after being torn apart by dragons, and even the world's first monkeys. A few of these tales ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full Colorful review on my blog : Word Wonders

*I received an eARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

3.5 stars

First of all, the writing sucked me in immediately. It is interactive as Orpheus is directly talking to the reader, conversing, commenting on the stories and pointing out ridiculous situations and inconsistencies, but what made it even cooler to me is personal, the way the author wrote the myths felt like how a family friend used t
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

"You're in the middle of a dark wood, not sure how you got there or even exactly where you are." - first sentence of the prologue.

Before you're going to read this review, I have to say this:
Thanks, Fadwa! Why? You ask. Well, because we did a double read! However, due to circumstances, we decided to post this review separately and mention each other in the review :) So, after supporting each other and keeping in touch of cou
3.5 Stars

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The Song of Orpheus has a fun way of connecting a number of lesser known Greek myths together through the story of Orpheus, who has to tell a lot of stories before the sun sets.

For those readers that are rather unfamiliar with Greek mythology, but would like to read some of the lesser known stories, this is a wonderful book. For those, who like myself, took some classes into Classic Greek -- well, let's just say that Orpheus w
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
The Song of Orpheus is a fun take on Greek mythology, which is going to appeal to everyone who loves Greek myths, as well as readers who just start their adventures with them!

The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard is a collection of 17 stories, less known Greek myths. They're told in a very interesting way, by Orpheus himself and I absolutely loved how the narration draws the reader in and seems interactive, in a way. I believe that it will be a very engaging read for read
Sharon Pegram
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really fun story collection for Greek myth fans. The voice is engaging and makes the myths accessible without sacrificing any of their strangeness. Fast-paced and yet full of well-researched details about the ancient world.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol, arc, children
*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Song of Orpheus is a book full of lesser known Greek mythology written for children. It is a fun and fast read as the tales are very short.

In the beginning of the story, we are introduced to Orpheus, who has been turned into a rock and we, as the readers, have to listen to 17 stories in order to help him reunite with the love of his life, Eurydice. All 17 myths are stories of gods, demi-gods, and heroes who do not get mention
Leonie Hinch
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology, retellings
What a wonderful little book. I love Greek myths and infact I'll be studying them this year at university. So when I saw The Song of Orpheus I thought well why not give it a try.

This book isn't a collection of any old Greek myths. It's mostly aimed at children I think but I found it amusing and sentimental enough to be enjoyed by adults as well. The great thing about it is that it has a lot of myths that even I hadn't heard! Some familiar characters with a new spin and also some stories which w
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for Bedtime

A young reader would give a better rating. I'm rating as an adult who has been reading these stories to my infant son. They're short, entertaining for me, and they help him to sleep. I've studied and taught Classics, so I've read many of these before. I really like the framework that pulls together disparate narratives and has a happy ending for Orpheus and Eurydice. I recommend this book to children and parents who like mythology.
Andy N
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on NetGalley.

Greek history and mythology is one of my favorite fields not only to study, but also to explore in my free-time. This is the main reason I wanted to read this book, and the promise of ""new" Greek myths". It didn't disappoint at all.

This book contains 17 myths and stories of ancient Greece, written in a way that will grab the attention and the heart of its readers, no matter the age. There a few myths that I never really heard of or read about and t
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got my copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It's an original book which tells some Greek myths that are not very well-known. The narrator is Orpheus that at last is going to be reunited with Eurydice, but you have to help him. It's fast-paced, and even if the stories are not the typical mythological stories we all know, it's worth reading, if you do like mythology.

Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mythology lovers will like this a lot

It is fun that the author acknowledges the evolution of these tales and reconciles the many variations that exist. Without being ponderously detailed, she mentions where tales diverge in their plot and/or motivation, giving the reader amusing and thoughtful ways of understanding these myths as well as of our ancient forbearers. The appendices while short, are very helpful.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fascinating, and a tremendous resource for young readers and educators (and indeed, anyone who loves Greek mythology!). This will give even the most die-hard myth lover a run for their money--and I'm speaking to myself here! I love Greek mythology, but I'd never heard of a few of these, and it was so fun to read!! ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
"The Song of Orpheus" was mildly entertaining with some fun never-heard before myths, but there wasn't really substance to any of them. I liked the general idea, but the frame narrative fell flat for me and the different tales just weren't as intriguing as, for example, Ovid's tales from the "Metamorphosis". ...more
Jenna Smith
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Greek mythology, so naturally I loved this book! The stories are definitely new and intriguing, and written in a way that's appealing to both children and adults. If you think you've heard of all the Greek myths, you haven't - check out this book!! ...more
Patsi Trollinger
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to learn more about Greek mythology but hated the thought of slogging through an encyclopedic set of entries. This book has been perfect, revealing myths and characters as part of a larger story, which is told with dry wit and a touch of drama. Well done! ...more
Angelle Barbazon
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love reading about Greek mythology growing up, so diving into The Song of Orpheus was a real treat! Tracy Barrett is a fabulously colorful writer, and I could see her book being a great fit for a book club or discussion group.
Melissa Craven
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An amusing collection of Greek myths like you’ve never seen
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Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome way to introduce your kids (or yourself!) to Greek mythology. These stories are fascinating, and this book is a great tool for caretakers and educators alike!
Sue Poduska
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myths I'd Never Heard

It's just plain fun to tell stories that may have been forgotten. Those who enjoy Percy Jackson and 300 inevitably want more.
This is a quick, fun, and educational read that will definitely appeal to middle grade and young adult readers, but also any adults that enjoy a humorous take on mythology.
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Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fresh spins on ancient Greek myths that children (and adults!!) will enjoy!
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Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really ...more

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