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"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)
I originally purchased this book because my son was reading it for school and I wanted to be able to talk to him about it. It became one of my very favorite books! It's truly an epic poem, and I think it was especially wonderful to listen to so as to capture the cadence of the spoken word. I would listen to anything narrated by Ian McKellen - he was captivating. Some of the phrases that are repeated throughout the work still make me smile just to think about them. This was a book I was always eager to get back to. Purchase this - you won't regret it!
Considering the odyssey is one of the greatest stories ever put to paper it was definitely worth the time spent. However, the amazing performance of Ian mckellan and the material deserves better than the multitude of audio glitches. Previous reviewers have pointed this out already, but in case you missed it his voice's pitch in some chapters is an octave lower than normal and sometimes he sounds like he's in another room. If you are like me you will be drawn into the story regardless and find these as minor annoyances. Maybe audible will one day attempt to find the master tapes and re-release this.
Odysseus because he is… oddyseus
Oddyseus blinding Polyphemus
One of the great stories in western culture, acted not read, by a true master. This is the way it was meant to be enjoyed, listened to as entertainment for several nights.
Audio Addict / Autodidact
I might listen to it again for research purposes.
I like Ian McKellen's narration the best. He does a great job throughout.
As other reviewers have mentioned, there are several places where it's apparent that some of the narration has been dropped or clipped. Also, the sound quality is inconsistent. Sometimes it's clear and rich, other times it's barely audible. If not for Ian McKellen's narration, I probably would not have finished this book.
The narration style of Sir Ian McKellan
A very unique rhythm to the narration that keeps you listening with no fatigue at all despite this being a very long epic
I would recommend this audiobook to any one looking for an entertaining story of politics, mystery, power and corruption. I had read the book years ago when I was in high school and thoroughly enjoyed it. It let my imagination just run wild.
I could definitely listen to this book in one sitting.
Yes, it's much better than the libravox recordings.
Steady deep voice, clearly spoken.
Ian McKellan's voice for ladies is rather annoying though.
This classic tale is relevant and compelling today. The reading is understandable and the pace is perfect.
Yes because it was a difficult & somewhat boring in the beginning two chapters. Then sped up throughout the next several chapters & finished very strong.
The Illiad also by Homer very similiar books & equally as good.
The ingenius way he overcame the suitors.
It's one of the greats for sure. This was my 2nd time reading it. First was in high school & I think it would benefit anyone who read it in school to reread now that they are older & experienced real modern day life. I took away a completely different understanding 2nd time around & some 30 yrs between readings. It takes an awful time getting started or at least it did for me. The first few chapters I truly suffered thru them but after that I didn't want to stop and the last 3 chapters I couldn't put it down I had to finish it.
I don't think it's really possible to sum up The Odyssey in three words. But if I were pressed to do it, the three words would be: epic, adventure, and compelling.
I have not listened to any of Sir Ian's other performances, but I will be on the look out for them! He's fabulous! I was concerned about listening to this instead of reading the print book since it's assigned for a class, but I believe i'm getting just as much out of it by listening as I would by reading.
It's over 13 hours long!
My only issue with this performance is the high pitched tones that are used to signify the beginning and ending of each book. It's quite painful when I'm listening with headphones!
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