Audio Addict / Autodidact
I might listen to it again for research purposes.
I like Ian McKellen's narration the best. He does a great job throughout.
As other reviewers have mentioned, there are several places where it's apparent that some of the narration has been dropped or clipped. Also, the sound quality is inconsistent. Sometimes it's clear and rich, other times it's barely audible. If not for Ian McKellen's narration, I probably would not have finished this book.
I would highly recommend this audible book. My son had to read it for school. He did love the storyline, however, before we purchased the audible book, he had been trying to read it in book form. He is a great reader, but even advanced readers can't possibly know how to pronounce all of those Greek names without taking up a lot of extra time. By purchasing this audible book, our son was able to listen to McKellen, who is so enticing to listen to, and not spend any wasted time figuring out names. Now, our son can truly say he ENJOYED the Odyssey, instead of laboring through it. I would highly recommend this audible.com book!
Great book but on iTunes when you select chapters on the top bar, it should go directly to that book instead of a random point in a random book
Read so well!
Unfortunately the audio quality is inconsistent and the music in the chapter brakes is loud and annoying, not at all fitting of the story or audio levels.
Colorful story full of action and adventure. The narrator has got it spot on with proper tone for each character and situation.
the most memorable moment is when Odysseus returns home!
Each chapter is at a different volume, so that some can barely be heard, while other chapters are slowed down and ian sounds like Darth Vader.... Then there's the screechy annoying "music" between "chapters" ( actually about half the time it just pops up in the middle of a chapter) that is so piercing and harsh that it'll make you rip your headphones off in a hurry. I'd really like a refund.
The recording is uneven. The audio quality can change from one chapter to the next; sounding as though it is either playing underwater, or slowed just slightly.
Sir Ian's performance brings to life a beautiful translation of the Odyssey. Each character is well defined and given energy.
I very much enjoyed this version, although the modern idioms in places bordered upon being funny at times. As for the reading itself, Ian McKellen was wonderful, but the recording noticeably varied in some chapters. At least one seemed to have been stepped down to a lower register, making it more difficult to understand, and a few of the chapters were quieter than others. One even had traffic just audible in the background, which was a bit disconcerting until I realized what it was. Otherwise, a very lovely audiobook of one of the greatest stories in western literature.
Very interesting story.
He read the book seamlessly. He was very believable.
This is a great classic book. Everyone should give it a read.
I used this audible in conjunction with my copy of the book required for college. It helped me to get through it without stumbling on the words or pronunciations. It was very helpful.