It is hard to really review the actual fables themselves. They are 2,500 years old and from a civilization that is gone. No longer are there Greek gods, or slavery. So I try not to judge too harshly some of the horrific conditions that are taken as normal in the fables.
I completely forgot there were 160 fables in this book. While the audiobook was almost three hours long, the fables just kept coming in a full bore stream that didn’t stop. That was good, but probably too much for me to do in one session.
The morals themselves hold up pretty well even to this day. Some people would call them cliche, except these are the stories those “cliches” come from. A few show that society back then called for people to accept their lot in life, but other then those, the messages still resonate.
All that being said, the fables are fine themselves, my problem lies with the production of the audiobook itself.
The book itself is from 1998 I believe. All Audible did was digitize the cassette tapes. The reason I know this is every so often the book would say something about “end tape 1, side 1, please insert cassette 1 – side 2”. It shows me that not the best effort was put forth into the editing.
Also the audio is poorer then more modern digital audio. You can tell it was recorded on cassette (in some highly comprised format) and just copied directly into an audio file. Don’t get me wrong, it works and you can hear it ok (if a bit low volume wise) but it doesn’t really measure up to the quality of what I would expect.
Because of that, it gets 3 stars.