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The Odyssey Audiobook
The Odyssey
Written by: 
Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
Narrated by: 
Ian McKellen
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)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer United States 03-17-14
    Amazon Customer United States 03-17-14
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    "I just couldn't get into this book."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was too fast and very confusing.


    What was most disappointing about Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)’s story?

    It moved too fast. Hard to keep up. This wasn't easy listening. I felt like if I sneezed I would missed something.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard good things about this classic, but I couldn't get into it.

    1 of 1 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 2016
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    "There are better"

    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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    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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    Bill LONGMONT, CO, United States 02-04-13
    Bill LONGMONT, CO, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Technical issues, but quite enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Odyssey again? Why?

    I might listen to it again for research purposes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Ian McKellen's narration the best. He does a great job throughout.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    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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    kyle thompson 05-28-16
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    "bad audio quality, terrible music"

    Read so well!
    Unfortunately the audio quality is inconsistent and the music in the chapter brakes is loud and annoying, not at all fitting of the story or audio levels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SP Jersey City, NJ USA 05-25-16
    SP Jersey City, NJ USA 05-25-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Awesome story told with a flare"

    Colorful story full of action and adventure. The narrator has got it spot on with proper tone for each character and situation.
    the most memorable moment is when Odysseus returns home!

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    NbptMax 05-07-16
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    "Wonderful translation and performance, but..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The recording is uneven. The audio quality can change from one chapter to the next; sounding as though it is either playing underwater, or slowed just slightly.


    Any additional comments?

    Sir Ian's performance brings to life a beautiful translation of the Odyssey. Each character is well defined and given energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Buck 05-04-16
    Buck 05-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great telling, but a bit uneven"

    I very much enjoyed this version, although the modern idioms in places bordered upon being funny at times. As for the reading itself, Ian McKellen was wonderful, but the recording noticeably varied in some chapters. At least one seemed to have been stepped down to a lower register, making it more difficult to understand, and a few of the chapters were quieter than others. One even had traffic just audible in the background, which was a bit disconcerting until I realized what it was. Otherwise, a very lovely audiobook of one of the greatest stories in western literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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