Dreamscape Media. Jan. 2023. 8:06 hrs. ISBN 9781666627930. $59.99. F
Phaedra, the half-sister of the Minotaur and a less sought-after princess than her infamous sister, Ariadne, is now the unwilling bride of the power-hungry king of Athens, Theseus. Inexperienced and naive, Phaedra is taken from her home and thrust into a world that she does not know and cannot control. When she is assaulted by her stepson, Hippolytus, Phaedra falls pregnant and accuses him of rape. Though he is found guilty, vengeance is not served, and Phaedra learns that women are often at the mercy of powerful men. Shepperson rewrites a well-known myth with a fresh take on power dynamics, choices, and the whims of the gods. Though the tale is ancient, Shepperson’s debut resonates with its too-familiar message of abused women struggling to be heard. Narrated by a stunning cast of eight, led by Jade Wheeler and Mary Ellen Galluci, this audiobook transports listeners to ancient Greece, with its choruses, furies, gods, demigods, and mere mortals.
VERDICT Fans of Madeline Miller, Jennifer Saint, and Natalie Haynes will enjoy this sweeping tale. This feminist retelling would be an excellent addition to any Greek myth collection.
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