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Richard Lepine

Decameron lover

Evanston, IL USA | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 ratings
  • 38 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richmond Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
    "Advertise that this is the Lattimore translation"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

    The translation was the version I was hoping would be available.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I like everything about The Iliad, in any translation; the fact that the version is my favorite (Lattimore) makes it the best thing about this selection.

    Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just a sample of two tales from Metamorphoses by Ovid. This compares well, to a very high standard of performance.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I imagine this question is more for unfamiliar titles--when the text is encountered for the first time as an reading performance. Homer's text in its many different translations never fails to evoke the emotional spectrum no matter how many times it's been experienced before; Charlton Griffin's reading of Homer/Lattimore was excellent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Arabian Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Francis Burton (translator)
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar

    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"
    "Not unabridged Burton--this is Lang"
    What disappointed you about The Arabian Nights?

    The selection is advertised as the unabridged Burton translation, but it is actually the abridged Lang version.

    What was most disappointing about Richard Francis Burton (translator)’s story?

    This was not Burton's translation, but rather Lang's bowdlerization.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The frame story of Shahrazad.

    What character would you cut from The Arabian Nights?

    None--but Lang cut freely.

    Any additional comments?

    Change the advertising as soon as possible. I am sure there is a market for this version of the Arabian Nights, and the voice performer is excellent.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful

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