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Vanessa B. Lund

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  • Oedipus the King

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Sophocles
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, full cast
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    In the hands of Sophocles, the master dramatist, the anguished tale of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother retains its power to shock and move beyond any Freudian reference.

    Aaron says: "Crackles with Fire"
    "Great Production...Questionable Translation"
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    Would you try another book from Sophocles and/or Michael Sheen and full cast ?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Oedipus At Colonus which is not available from Audible. After that I'll be listening to The Aeneid by Virgil using Audible's version of the Fagles translation.


    What does Michael Sheen and full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance is very well done and moves along at a goodly pace with the appropriate emotional responses reflected by all actors. The characterization of Creon is a slightly weaker than the others but really doesn't detract from the overall production.


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

    Consistent with Aristotle's critique of tragedy, Sophocles' writing most definitely evokes pity and fear. It also encourages a number of deep questions, philosophical and theological.


    Any additional comments?

    While the performance was superb, I struggled with the translation. I had a difficult time finding out who the translator was for this version. Audible could not help me so I purchased it hoping it was Storr, Plumetre, or Young. I couldn't match this with ANY of my versions so contacted Naxos books. The translator is Duncan Steen and, given what I now know, I would never have purchased this book because the translation is not classical and is modernized in what I consider to be a non-scholarly manner. Too many idioms and expressions that modern audiences relate to but Sophocles probably never intended. This made the production too crude for me, despite the obvious skill of the performers. Hopefully someone will produce Fagles' translation with an equally talented cast and we'll have a truly great work!!

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