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Zachary Koebergen

Scottsdale, Arizona USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (547)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Audio problems are inexcusable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Considering the odyssey is one of the greatest stories ever put to paper it was definitely worth the time spent. However, the amazing performance of Ian mckellan and the material deserves better than the multitude of audio glitches. Previous reviewers have pointed this out already, but in case you missed it his voice's pitch in some chapters is an octave lower than normal and sometimes he sounds like he's in another room. If you are like me you will be drawn into the story regardless and find these as minor annoyances. Maybe audible will one day attempt to find the master tapes and re-release this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odysseus because he is… oddyseus


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oddyseus blinding Polyphemus


    Do you think The Odyssey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Hah


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Arabian Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Francis Burton (translator)
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Scheherazade, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Scheherazade always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.

    Richard Lepine says: "Not unabridged Burton--this is Lang"
    "Stories without endings due to translation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody who enjoys cliffhangers without resolution, which is to say, nobody. This translation not only is missing many stories, but the stories themselves have been left unfinished.


    Has The Arabian Nights turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, however, it has made me look closer at fellow reviewers and do more research on translations before buying. Also, it would help if the correct translation was listed in the item description


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the performer had read from the correct translation


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and curiosity, I will now be buying the print version of the Lyons translation in order to hear all of the stories and find out what happens in "the porter and the three ladies of baghdad"


    Any additional comments?

    Please correct the item description so that it states translation by Lang

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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