The story of Gilgamesh was interesting enough but the essay was as long as the book. I gave up about halfway through the essay.
I had never read Gilgamesh before, so I was coming into this one fresh. I was excited to finally read about the origins of these well-known names and references. Ultimately, this was interesting from a historical perspective, but not so entertaining by our modern-day standards. George Guidall does a most excellent job, of course, and really makes the book come alive. I would definitely say it's worth a listen once.
Growing up I read Beowulf but was not exposed to such a seminal text as Gilgamesh. This is the kind of learning experience that is primarily due to iPads and Audible Books. Thank you.
I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.
I have listened to about 150, and it is one of the best most surprisingly good books.
Not going to give this one away. Do not do any research anything about this book before reading. Some good surprises you do not want to know before reading.
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I really loved this story! I told everyone about it. It was a good story and some really great literary methods. I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished.
I love audiobooks from the childhood. I Iive in Kazakhstan and work as an accountant for US. Listen audible while coloring or dog-walking.
I like it a lot. After listening the review at the end, now I will listen the story itself for the second time with the perspective shown in an author review.
Even if you've read Gilgamesh, I highly recommend this listen. It is most artfully done and includes an essay about the story at the end. Best line of the essay: "How do vigorous young giants pass the time?" But the story, even absent the essay, is a rich source of sociological and cultural commentary that predates the Bible by two and a half millennia and the Iliad by a thousand years, even including a Noah flood story that makes you wonder who borrowed from whom. Plus, Guidall can make anything interesting.
I really enjoyed this. I thought it was going to be super boring, but I think the author did a great job making the text relevant. The performance of the narrator was great. I liked the essay at the end explaining the translation and the author's thoughts on the story.
The poem itself is raw but enchanting, full of ancient wisdom. The translation is eloquent and assessable. A wonderful discovery.