Homer's grand tale of Odysseus returning from the battle of Troy is meant to be heard, not read. This is a tale recounted around hearths and fireplaces for centuries, and it's lost nothing over all those years. Tim McInnerny is perfectly cast as Odysseus, weary and homesick warrior whose only desire is to see his beloved homeland of Ithica once more. McInnerny (known for his role as Percy and Darling on Blackadder) gives the role of Odysseus its full complexity - the bravado, grandeur, honour, wisdom, hubris, humility, fragility and desperation that the role requires. They couldn't have chosen better. This is a grand telling of an epic tale. Listen and be enchanted.
This is a performance audiobook which shows how it should be done. This excellent Yasmina Reza play, brilliant translated by Christopher Hampton, is utterly engrossing. The premise is simple, two people (one man, one woman) sit in a carriage on a train trip through Europe. The play explores their thoughts as they travel, internal monologues assessing their lives, their loves, and each other. David Suchet's performance is marvelous - he is a performer who knows the power of radio drama, and Harriet Walter is equally enchanting. Buy this audiobook if you want something poignant, funny, and engaging.
This audiobook is all about a piece of art. One man bought it and his two friends (and the purchaser himself) talk about it. And argue about it. And each other. It's a brilliant commentary on modern art, art culture and consumption. The actors are well cast, creating fully founded characters to life with flair and skill. Their monologues carry the action along without being annoying or distracting. Buy this audiobook for some sophisticated (and some unsophistcated) laughs about art and modern culture.
Initially ... only for a few seconds, really ... it was disorienting to hear "Don Juan" read by the passionate American Hollywood film actor Tyrone Power; I've gotten accustomed to hearing distinguished knights of the British stage reading the Romantic poets on Audible.com. But early 19th-century British poetry with an American accent: how dare they?!
But then, quite rapidly, things got downright spooky. The swashbuckling Power BECOMES the swashbuckling Byron. While Tyrone Power has been dead now for 51 years and Lord Byron for 185, both men died tragically young: Power at 44, Byron at 36. Both were Byronesque figures in real life, the latter no less so than his eponymous predecessor. Bisexuals both, subjects of scandal both, larger-than-life artistic talents both. And by all means DO surf the web for their portrait and photo, respectively: the two men even resemble one another!
All of this I learned only AFTER listening to this audiobook, of course. Although this is obviously a transfer of an old LP, the audio quality is superb. But it is Tyrone Power's powerfully engaging interpretive reading ... particularly the fluency and passion of the interpretations, the nuances, the super clean diction that together with Lord Byron's colloquial prose make these poems sound so modern ... which makes this one of the very best Audio.com purchases I have ever made. All Audio.com "veterans" know that even with the best source material, a mediocre (or worse) narrator can leave a bad taste in listeners' mouths with nary a thing to be done about it. Rest assured, there is no such problem here. It sounds suspiciously hyperbolical, I know, but I have to say it nonetheless: Tyrone Power was born (and died) to play Lord Byron!