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.
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