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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)
The narration was too fast and very confusing.
It moved too fast. Hard to keep up. This wasn't easy listening. I felt like if I sneezed I would missed something.
I heard good things about this classic, but I couldn't get into it.
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!
Yes--the book is so rich and the narration is fabulous.
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.
Nope...far too long for that.
Great experience. I would recommend any narration by Ian McKellen.
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
Sir Ian's performance brings to life a beautiful translation of the Odyssey. Each character is well defined and given energy.
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.
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