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Tony

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  • The Odes of Horace

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Horace
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Along with Virgil, Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) was the greatest poet produced by Rome, and in many ways his work has had arguably an even greater impact. His brilliant expression and astonishing acumen continue to amaze readers today, either in their original Latin or in innumerable worldwide translations. Shakespeare's debt to Horace is incalculable, and it is difficult to read his Sonnets today without immediately being reminded of the famous Odes.

    Thomas says: "The Odes of Horace"
    "Wonderful reading of a great poet"
    Overall

    As listeners of audio literature know, the voice of the narrator and the quality of the recording are two elements which matter greatly in determining the enjoyment of the piece. This edition of Horace's ODES hits the mark on both accounts. Charlton Griffen's voice is rich, clear and suitably evocative for the task at hand, and the sound quality is clear and consistent. The translator (James Michie) is one of the important interpreters of Horace in English and has given us a wonderful translation here. And so the team of translator, narrator and audio engineer make this a welcome production for those who love Horace.

    One positive technical feature of note is that the piece divides into 6 separate tracks on my iPod, whereas my iTunes library simply provides the piece as a single 4 hr. and 18 min. track. The separate tracks make navigation among the different 'books' of the ODES a bit easier.

    All in all, an excellent purchase.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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