(P) and ©1996 Penguin Books USA Inc.
"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)
Fagles' translation is fantastic and McKellen gives a great performance, but the audio is uneven.
Performance impeccable. Nuggets of wisdom and insights timeless. Repetition tedious at times. But well worth the effort.
Ian McLellan gives an inspired reading of one of the greatest of the Great Books. I found myself unable at times to quit listening until wee hours of the morning.
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.
Very interesting story.
He read the book seamlessly. He was very believable.
This is a great classic book. Everyone should give it a read.
I used this audible in conjunction with my copy of the book required for college. It helped me to get through it without stumbling on the words or pronunciations. It was very helpful.
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