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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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    Nicholas B. Morris 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good translation, good performance, poor engineeri"

    Fagles' translation is fantastic and McKellen gives a great performance, but the audio is uneven.

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    Steven E. Kennedy CHAPEL HILL, NC, US 11-10-16
    Steven E. Kennedy CHAPEL HILL, NC, US 11-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "God's Running Amuck"

    Performance impeccable. Nuggets of wisdom and insights timeless. Repetition tedious at times. But well worth the effort.

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    A. Guerich Boca Raton, FL USA 08-22-16
    A. Guerich Boca Raton, FL USA 08-22-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Outstanding performance"

    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.

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    AncientDaze 08-01-16
    AncientDaze 08-01-16

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    "Simply EXCELLENT!"

    Sir Ian McKellen reading Homer's Odyssey is the BEST possible conjunction of master and material...

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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.

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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
    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.

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    rob mccullough 04-27-16
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    "Absolutely excellent"

    The Odyssey is a great story to begin with, but the lively narration by Sir Ian McKellan brings so much more to it. It is both crisp and flowing. Glorious to hear.

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    Kathleen Snyder 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very helpful for college course!"
    If you could sum up The Odyssey in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting story.


    What other book might you compare The Odyssey to and why?

    The Iliad


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    He read the book seamlessly. He was very believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a great classic book. Everyone should give it a read.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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