Award-winning storyteller Barbara McBride-Smith breathes life—albeit a wizened Texan version—into the old Greek myths. With her incurable Texas drawl, she spins the Greek myths as you've never heard them before, rendering them 99% more fun while retaining 100% of their original insights into the crooked ways of the human heart—and the no-less crooked ways of the ancient Greek gods.
AWARDS 2006 Storytelling World Award Winner
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. PANDORA (12:07)
According to the Greeks, she was the first woman created. Her finest gift from Zeus was curiosity. Her most precious gift to humankind was hope.
2. … She took the box out of the closet.
3. DEMETER AND PERSEPHONE (14:19)
Demeter, the goddess of growing things, tells how her daughter was kidnapped by Hades, the god of the underworld. Because of Demeter's power over nature, Hades is forced to return Persephone to her mother, but for only half of each year.
4. … Demeter went to a barn dance.
5. JUDGMENT OF PARIS (11:55)
Paris, a Trojan prince predicted Least Likely to Succeed by an oracle, judges a beauty contest and decides who is the fairest of three goddesses: Hera, Athena, or Aphrodite. In the end, he discovers what baaad could happen!
6. … A scuffle erupted.
7. MEDUSA (0:00)
When Athena's temple is defiled, she takes her revenge on Medusa, a beautiful young woman, and turns her into the ugliest monster in Greek mythology.
8. … Perseus's birth
9. … Medusa decapitated
"McBride-Smith turns Biblical stories and mythology upside down as she jazzes up the classic tales of Eve and God; Mrs. Noah, the ark, and Noah's grape vines; party-goer Bacchus; and poor old Pandora who can't resist opening that box. McBride-Smith's Texas-accented voice jumps easily among humor, dialogue, and sadness, adding emphasis where needed."