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Pinky

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  • Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Lombardo
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The Odyssey tells of the heroic journey of Odysseus after the Trojan war. In his attempt to return home to Ithaca, this ancient hero is faced with obstacle after obstacle, mythic creature after mythic creature. This is an epic poem encompassing an epic journey as famous as it is classic. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Vicki S. Towne says: "Fall in love with this new translation"
    "Am disappointed in the venacular language"
    Overall

    Waited for a long time to listen to an audio version of Odyssey. I was not aware of the extreme differences in translation until I started listening to Lombardo's translation and his use of conversational English. I prefer the transalation of Robert Fagle. Fagle's translation seems have the atmosphere of the poems more as they would have been in Homer's era. It is all translation we listen to which brings great changes with it anyway. I am not a scholar but do believe it is important to preserve the "feel" which this one does not for me. It seems more like a comic book form. I will listen to it but am disappointed and wished I had done a bit more research before downloading this version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (967)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Haunting story not easy to forget"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, most memorable and haunting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reader and author made characters come alive


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intense emotion in the book, horror of war, the enduring human spirit, parts that I would have skimmed if not listening to them. All enriched the experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but made myself take the time to reflect as I read by taking breaks


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed, has it all, joy, sadness, hope, horror. Read all three parts in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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