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The Odyssey Audiobook

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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    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.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Harold 10-22-15
    Harold 10-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely poor recording"
    What disappointed you about The Odyssey?

    Great story


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    Great voice. Very pleasant to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Great translation, Great narrator..why not hire an engineer who knows what he is doing?
    It is wonderful until about chapter 13, then it goes completely off the rails.
    Don't waste your time or money on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Vic 06-13-14
    Vic 06-13-14
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    "Fagles yes, McKellen yes, Production NO!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration is excellent, as is the translation; however, the production is terrible. The first thing I noticed is that in many places the recording skips or hiccups. This is absolutely unacceptable. As others have stated, if an actual human had checked this recording before it was offered for sale then these glitches would have been caught and hopefully corrected. As others have stated, the pitch also varies in places which is a shame because the narration is superb.

    Hey Audible - ummm Amazon - I know you don't care but we pay for these recordings with real money. This is the age of options and you might find that your customers have gone elsewhere because you stopped caring. Maybe that's why, after being an Audible member since 2006, I canceled my membership.

    You can do better, Amazon!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 04-11-14
    Pamela 04-11-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible Recording"
    Would you try another book from Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) and/or Ian McKellen?

    I am an avid member of Audible because I want books, professional readers and professional recordings…this recording id terrible. A bad listen.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Benjamin C. 06-13-16
    Benjamin C. 06-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "audio quality is inconsistent"

    each chapter is a new adventure in quality. will it be good or bad? mystery!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy G. Henry Houston, TX 07-14-15
    Tommy G. Henry Houston, TX 07-14-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Embarrassingly bad audio"
    What disappointed you about The Odyssey?

    I'm only a few hours in, but the sound quality is on par with AM radio with a few skips thrown in for good measure. Some tracks sound better than others. The fact that other reviewers have noted the poor quality of this book for years and Audible has done nothing about it really tells you something about this company. You'd think with a title this popular they'd address the problem, or maybe the publisher would tell Audible to get their act together. Pretty pathetic. Save your credit and go check this one out from the library.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Amazing performance, amazing story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-26-13
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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 01-04-12
    Mark 01-04-12 Member Since 2013
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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.

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    Septimus MacGhilleglas 10-02-11 Member Since 2011

    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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