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About the Author Bernard Evslin (1922?1993) was a bestselling and award-winning author known for his works on Greek and other cultural mythologies. The New York Times called him ?one of the most widely published authors of classical mythology in the world.? He was born in New Rochelle, New York, and attended Rutgers University. After several years working as a playwright, screenwriter, and documentary producer, he began publishing novels and short stories in the late 1960s. During his long career, Evslin published more than seventy books?over thirty of which were for young adults. His bestseller Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths has been translated into ten different languages and has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. He won the National Education Association Award in 1961, and in 1986 his book Hercules received the Washington Irving Children?s Book Choice Award. Evslin died in Kauai, Hawaii, at the age of seventy-seven.? Read more From AudioFile Contrary to the impressions of Disney and Fox, the Greek Hercules (Heracles) cycle recounts the tragic life and triumphant death of a semi-divine hero who was much more than a strong man. Having to endure humiliating labors and harrowing adventures, he strengthened his character, not his muscles, and was ultimately rewarded by his elevation to Olympus. The tales for children on this tape, read by the stars of TV's 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,' more accurately reflect the powerful Greek myths than the snickering Fox program. Indeed, considering the sex and violence of the original, Evslin has done a wonderful job of rendering the events and resonances suitably for young listeners. In addition, he's contributed some beautiful writing, simple, witty and musical. Even more astonishing, Sorbo and especially Hurst, Hollywood hunks with distinctly modern personalities and limited technical resources, read with great charm, drama and expression. Producer Craig Braginsky has contributed some appropriate music to bridge the stories. Modest, unpretentious and absorbing. Y.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE's Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more