Heroes: Book 1

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by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Trojan War is over, and Odysseus longs to return to wife and son on his island kingdom of Ithaca. But between hero and home stands an array of dangers unlike any ever faced by mortal man.

On his epic voyage—an adventure so grand and glorious it has become the very symbol for all great journeys—Odysseus must face the monstrous cyclops, escape the enchanting nymph Circe, defy the terrors of Scylla and Charybdis, and descend to the land of the dead. Even home is not safe, for there Odysseus must triumph in one last battle to be reunited with his loving wife.

For nearly three thousand years the story of Odysseus’s journey has enthralled the world. Now Full Cast Audio brings you Geraldine McCaughrean’s brilliant retelling, in a dazzling recording that will captivate young and old alike.

Author Geraldine McCaughrean More in the Hero Series
Narrator Cynthia Bishop Perseus
Length 4 hrs and 30 mins Hercules
© Copyright 2003 Geraldine McCaughrean Theseus
℗ Audio Copyright 2008 Full Cast Audio


“This retelling of Homer’s classic tale has freshness, vitality, and creative use of language. The Full Cast Audio performance, with original music, brings new life to the many mishaps of Odysseus and his crew on their 20-year journey home from Troy….A great choice for classroom listening.”
KLIATT Final Issue  Starred Review

“The legendary voyage of Odysseus will electrify listeners . . . The full cast ensures that each person, god, and specter is distinct. Indeed, with 20 years of adventure to narrate, the cast creates admirable order in the “world-encircled sea.” Together McCaughrean and Full Cast Audio evoke the allure of Greek mythology.”
AudioFile 2008

“McCaughrean’s language is lyrical and the action and suspense will fascinate young listeners. Narrator Cynthia Bishop establishes an exciting pace, and the full-cast voicing makes the many characters easily recognizable to listeners. A solid choice for school and public libraries.”
— School Library Journal

Listen to samples from this audiobook:
  1. Opening: Telemachus and Penelope miss Odysseus. (2:47) Geraldine McCaughrean 2:48
  2. Odysseus and his men begin to long for Ithaca despite the comforts of Circe's island. (3:07) Geraldine McCaughrean 3:07

Meet the Cast:
David Baker Antinous
Cynthia Bishop Narrator
Daniel Bostick Hermes
Bruce Coville Polites
Cara Coville Ido
Caroline Fitzgerald Anticlea
Queen Giant
Rob Fonda Telemachus
Dani Gottuso Song of the Sirens
Trevor Hill Poseidon
Mark Holt Odysseus
Victoria King Song of the Sirens
Andrea Leonard Athena
Song of the Sirens
Tim Liebe Polyphemus
David Lowenstein Eurymachus
Claire McAuliffe Calypso
Richard McKee Zeus
King Aeolus
Bill Molesky King Alcinous
Spencer Murphy Elpenor
Sarah Naughton Princess Nausicaa
Ryan Sparkes Telemachus as a child
Lauren Synger Penelope
Directed by: Bruce Coville
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