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The Odyssey | [Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)]

The Odyssey

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Publisher's Summary

This new translation by award-winning translator Robert Fagles captures the energy of Homer's original in bold, contemporary idiom. This is an Odyssey to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude are woven into the rich tapestry of danger, disaster, and ultimate triumph. Written by the blind poet, Homer, in the 8th century B.C., The Odyssey is the foundation for modern European literature. It is read by Ian McKellen, one of the most highly acclaimed actors in the English-speaking world.

For informative lectures about Homer and The Odyssey, don't miss CliffsNotes on Homer's The Odyssey (Unabridged).

(P) and ©1996 Penguin Books USA Inc.

What the Critics Say

"To re-create a world where everything is living...is very nearly as difficult as to create it. Fagles does this with triumphant assurance; every arrowhead flashes lightning, every bush burns; Homer is with us." (James Dickey)

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    Rick Annapolis, MD, United States 11-19-10
    Rick Annapolis, MD, United States 11-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow, wow, wow."

    Just echoing the other reviews here. We all know the story is a classic, but McKellen's reading is just fascinating. No one would have trouble enjoying the classics if they were all presented like this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Huda Pearland, TX, USA 02-13-10
    Huda Pearland, TX, USA 02-13-10
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    "Audible made my reading assignment easy"

    I am a college student and not used to this type of literature. when our teacher assigned this reading, I was overwhelmed because the reading seemed hard to understand and lots of work, but when I read the book with audible, it was fun experience and made my reading easy to read and understand; in fact, I ended up enjoying my book and looking forward for more.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Terre Haute, IN, United States 08-26-13
    Wayne Terre Haute, IN, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poetical"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    it is better then any of the translations i have tried to read. One thing Robert Fagles got right is that he made it sound poetical. The Odyssey was written as poetry, and so this sounded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was easy to listen to and follow the story.


    Any additional comments?

    i will be looking for more of Fagles translations of the classics

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Manchester, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-04-12
    Mark Manchester, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Only a blind Greek could do it better"
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    Sadly, I do not understand Greek so I must settle for the next best thing: this gloriously musical translation spoken by THE master of English diction. Absolutely enthralling. Gorgeous. Only Homer himself could have done it better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 10-02-11
    Septimus MacGhilleglas Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar 10-02-11 Member Since 2008

    Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.

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    "This is easily one of the best I've ever heard."
    What did you love best about The Odyssey?

    Ian McKellen's talent as a narrator is astounding. His cadence and inflections are sublime. The only complaint I have is the 3 seconds of electronic organ noise separating the books. This is one of the few books that I could listen to over and over.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patty Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 01-20-14
    Patty Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    I cannot not blame Sir Ian McKellen for the performance but the people who put it together should be ashamed!! The tone sound of McKellen's voice changes from chapter to chapter (yes chapter not Book) and when I first heard it I thought it was a different reader.

    The Odyssey has 44 Books in it, this audio version has 24 chapters. One would think they correspond. DO NOT ASSUME THEY DO! Example - Book 8 begins in the middle of Chapter 6. Go figure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13
    Alan Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Some chapter starts/audio issues"
    Any additional comments?

    The 4 star rating in this case is only for the 2005 Penguin Audio audiobook edition of Robert Fagles' 1996 translation of Homer's The Odyssey. This is not a reflection on Fagles' translation or Ian McKellen's narration which are both 5 stars. The lower rating is only due to a few chapter/verse timing issues and the occasional distraction due to the ambience of different recording sessions combined into one audiobook. The recording is from the pre-digital download era and the audio chapters are based on approximate 30 minute timings (1 side of a cassette tape?), regardless of the actual Homeric verses. So the 24 Chapter starts are only occasionally equal to the beginnings of the 24 Verses of the Odyssey. This may or may not be a distraction for some. It is probably not a major issue if you are following along with a print edition.
    One segment, Chapters 9 to 12 in the audiobook, middle of Verse 10 to the end of Verse 12 in Homer, has a significant audio issue. The speed of McKellen's reading drops to a deep bass voice at a seemingly slowed down audiospeed, as if the tape slowed down or McKellen was suffering from a serious cold on the day of the recording. This is enormously distracting when compared to the sound of the voice before and after this segment. Again, this is not a deal breaker but listeners should at least be forewarned of this fault.
    The audiobook also excludes Bernard Knox's introduction that is available in the Penguin print edition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily JERICHO, VT, United States 10-26-13
    Emily JERICHO, VT, United States 10-26-13
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    "Engaging and a joy to listen to!"
    Would you listen to The Odyssey again? Why?

    Yes--the book is so rich and the narration is fabulous.


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

    The tones of voice he uses for each character bring an element of depth and insight to the reading. Also, it is helpful to hear the names pronounced correctly rather than trying to figure it out on your own.


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

    Nope...far too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Great experience. I would recommend any narration by Ian McKellen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy CARY, NC, United States 11-19-12
    Amy CARY, NC, United States 11-19-12
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    "High School reading assignment made enjoyable! ! !"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audible book. My son had to read it for school. He did love the storyline, however, before we purchased the audible book, he had been trying to read it in book form. He is a great reader, but even advanced readers can't possibly know how to pronounce all of those Greek names without taking up a lot of extra time. By purchasing this audible book, our son was able to listen to McKellen, who is so enticing to listen to, and not spend any wasted time figuring out names. Now, our son can truly say he ENJOYED the Odyssey, instead of laboring through it. I would highly recommend this audible.com book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    johannna DARIEN, CT, United States 12-05-11
    johannna DARIEN, CT, United States 12-05-11
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    Where does The Odyssey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book but on iTunes when you select chapters on the top bar, it should go directly to that book instead of a random point in a random book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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