I don't think it's really possible to sum up The Odyssey in three words. But if I were pressed to do it, the three words would be: epic, adventure, and compelling.
I have not listened to any of Sir Ian's other performances, but I will be on the look out for them! He's fabulous! I was concerned about listening to this instead of reading the print book since it's assigned for a class, but I believe i'm getting just as much out of it by listening as I would by reading.
It's over 13 hours long!
My only issue with this performance is the high pitched tones that are used to signify the beginning and ending of each book. It's quite painful when I'm listening with headphones!
Ian McKellen does a wonderful job narrating this masterpiece. Not sure if I would go as far as saying it is better then the print form, but for the busy guy that doesn't have the time to sit down and read, it does well.
Homer at his best. The epic journey home of the hero after twenty years lost in the world.
No, definitely need to listen to this in multiple attepts.
The Odyssey was assigned for a grad school class, and I found that following along with the audio version while simultaneously reading the text helped immensely in following the story and getting engaged with the work. The performance is astounding, as you would expect from a first-rate actor.
The good. The epic story. Performance of Ian McKellen. The general flow of the language.
The bad. All the parts not focusing on the epic story (which would be about 70% of the book). It is so stupefying simple. No character development. Everything is spelled out for you. Repetitive, if I hear another "Odyssey master of ... " I am going to scream.
I am not impressed at all. For being a "classic" the writing is so simple it could be a children book (the content might be a bit too bloody for it though :) ).
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who's never heard the tale, but I would warn them about the extremely high pitched annoying tones played between chapters. Ripped my head phones off the first time thinking something was wrong.
Drop the freaking chapter change tones. They were aweful.
This reading of the greatest of all stories is stiff and stilted. It detracts significantly from the pleasure of Fagles' fine translation.
It is as if Ian McKellen is trying to impart the book's greatness by adopting a rigid, self-conscious formality. Of course, this has the opposite effect - simply getting in the way of the text. Its a surprising and disappointing effort from a strong actor with a fine voice.
Sadly I'd have to say save your money, increase your pleasure and read it yourself.
Audiobooks rock. Reading rocks too, but I can read twice as many good books this way, while walking, driving, etc.
He is an awesome actor who had all the voice and language.
It is a follow-up to The Illiad, I believe, and the way Homer wrote, everything was basically followed up, eventually. He likes telling stories over and over, from different points of view, but with exactly the same language from previous tellings. But, you know, he was a front-runner, so, you have to give him that.
I got a little tired of Dawn appearing every morning with her rosy-red fingers.
I have tried reading it before, but I could not get into it. McKellen's narration makes the text come vividly alive.
This was a great way to read Homer's The Odyssey. Ian McKellen was wonderful. The story is one of the greatest in world history, in fact, it is the story that most other good stories borrow something from.
The only issue with this recording (which is why the overall is missing a star) is there are some brief glitches and then starting around Audible chapter 9, the voice is really slowed down for about two or three chapters. It was annoying but I simply used my Audible App speed feature and sped through those parts.
If you've always wanted to read the Classics, but felt intimidated, this is an excellent place to begin.
His voice was made for this story! He does an amazing job bringing the characters to life!