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The Rage of Hercules (2001)
For the purposes of this setting, Bodkin imagines Hercules has died and Hades and Persephone prevail upon him to relate the story of the twelve labors before he can leave the underworld. Here they are (as listed at the Perseus Digital Library) :
Labor 1: The Nemean Lion
Bodkin mixes thrills and humor in the telling and also, being "socially conscious", has an ulterior motive here, the whole epic is sort of structured around Hercules trying to learn how to control his rage. You may recall that the labors were assigned to him as a way of purging his conscience after he accidentally murdered his family in a Hera-induced blinding rage. I guess this is Odds Bodkin's way of preventing another school shooting, a noble enough cause,nd for the most part he keeps it fairly subtle, though he does go a mite overboard when he has Hercules finally get control of his fury only after spending a few years cross-dressing (you'll have to give it a listen to find out) and getting in touch with his feminine side.
Hercules does lead a pretty violent life, so the recording is not suitable for young children, but any teenage boys who watch wrestling are certainly old enough for this. You don't have to inform them that they're also getting a healthy dose of their cultural heritage in the process.
-Odds Bodkin Online
-ODDS BODKIN (NH State Council on the Arts)
-ESSAY : Storyteller Chronicles: Hercules in Chicago (Odds Bodkin, Learning Network)
-ESSAY : Can Stories Teach Peace? (Odds Bodkin, iTeach)
-INTERVIEW : with Odds Bodkin (Learning Network)
-STUDY GUIDE : to The Rage of Hercules
-REVIEW : of Little Proto's T-Rex Adventure by Odds Bodkin (Michael Leppert , The Link : A Homeschool Newspaper)