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Gilgamesh Audiobook

Gilgamesh: A New English Version

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Publisher's Summary

This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

In the ancient city of Uruk, the tyrannical King Gilgamesh tramples citizens "like a wild bull". The gods send an untamed man named Enkidu to control the ruthless king, but after fighting, Enkidu and Gilgamesh become great friends and embark on a series of adventures. They kill fearsome creatures before Enkidu succumbs to disease, leaving Gilgamesh despondent and alone. Eventually, Gilgamesh moves forward, and his quest becomes a soul-searching journey of self-discovery.

Mitchell's treatment of this extraordinary work is the finest yet, surpassing previous versions in its preservation of the wisdom and beauty of the original.

©2004 Stephen Mitchell; (P)2004 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Stephen Mitchell's Gilgamesh is a wonderful version....This is certainly the best that I have seen in English." (Harold Bloom)
"Here is a flowing, unbroken version that reads as effortlessly as a novel....Vibrant, earnest, unfussibly accesible....The muscular eloquence and rousing simplicity of Mitchell's four-beat line effectively unleashes the grand vehemence of the epic's battle scenes." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Mitchell seeks language that is as swift and strong as the story itself. He conveys the evenhanded generosity of the original poet....This wonderful new version of the story of Gilgamesh shows how the story came to achieve literary immortality: not because it is a rare ancient artifact, but because reading it can make people in the here and now feel more completely alive." (Publishers Weekly)

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    AZ 10-31-16
    AZ 10-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ancient Tale"

    Good read for a trip or long wait. The reader had a wonderful voice and timing.

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    Athcub 10-27-16
    Athcub 10-27-16

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    "Pleasurable Listening"

    This is the best version of the ancient Gilgamesh Epos I ever came across. The narrator has a most agreeable voice that makes the listening experience a pleasurable one.
    The first part of the book contains the actual epic. In the second part, the author gives additional information which are actually very useful. I enjoyed this part as much as the epic itself.

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    Amazon Customer 10-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "the first superhero story, a good one too!"

    This is the oldest known tale. It's short and a little adult at first for those with puritan sensitivities, but this complex story gets at the heart of the human condition as Gilgamesh is forced to come to terms with his mortality. it's still incredibly relevant! the commentary after the novel is also very insightful to both the story and to storytelling

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-22-16
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Fascinating and very ancient story"

    Gilgamesh is amazing not only because it's 1000 years older than the Bible and the Iliad, but because it's an interesting legend. It explores some timeless ideas and also paints a fascinating picture of the society of the first civilized city.

    The commentary that follows the story is surprisingly good and turned out to be a pleasant surprise. George Guidall is one of my two very favourite narrators. I could listen to him read a phone book.

    I highly recommend this version of Gilgamesh.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 10-11-16
    A. J. Mcdonald Yukon, OK 10-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Essay as long as the book"

    The story of Gilgamesh was interesting enough but the essay was as long as the book. I gave up about halfway through the essay.

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting from a Historical Perspective"

    I had never read Gilgamesh before, so I was coming into this one fresh. I was excited to finally read about the origins of these well-known names and references. Ultimately, this was interesting from a historical perspective, but not so entertaining by our modern-day standards. George Guidall does a most excellent job, of course, and really makes the book come alive. I would definitely say it's worth a listen once.

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    Zachary 09-20-16
    Zachary 09-20-16
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    "Boss"

    Very well performed. Translation and crafting of this version of the epic poem is a delight. The essay is sincere and insightful. A welcome listen.

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    Steven E. Kennedy CHAPEL HILL, NC, US 09-16-16
    Steven E. Kennedy CHAPEL HILL, NC, US 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential Reading"

    Growing up I read Beowulf but was not exposed to such a seminal text as Gilgamesh. This is the kind of learning experience that is primarily due to iPads and Audible Books. Thank you.

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    The Larch 09-14-16
    The Larch 09-14-16

    I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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    "An Ancient Gem!"
    Where does Gilgamesh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to about 150, and it is one of the best most surprisingly good books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gilgamesh?

    Not going to give this one away. Do not do any research anything about this book before reading. Some good surprises you do not want to know before reading.


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

    Good Narrator!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Cannot reveal this. See note above.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this story! I told everyone about it. It was a good story and some really great literary methods. I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished.

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    Yuliya Almaty 09-12-16
    Yuliya Almaty 09-12-16 Member Since 2014

    I love audiobooks from the childhood. I Iive in Kazakhstan and work as an accountant for US. Listen audible while coloring or dog-walking.

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    "Old wise story "

    I like it a lot. After listening the review at the end, now I will listen the story itself for the second time with the perspective shown in an author review.

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