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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
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    Story
    (429)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Stilted reading ruins great translation"
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    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.

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