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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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    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.

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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.

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    Tagabundok 03-07-16
    Tagabundok 03-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good oldie"

    McKellen great as always. Translation jarringly anachronistic. Music awful, like a fax machine. Good story.

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    Joseph 02-28-16
    Joseph 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow wow and wow"

    Brilliant again and again please
    Sir Ian pulls it all together beautifully if it wasn't perfect already

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    02-02-16
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    "watt"

    NOT WORKING! Not downloading!!! It will not download and I wasted my 2nd free book trying this audible crap.

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    Daniel 02-01-16
    Daniel 02-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gandalf reads the Odyssey"

    The world's most powerful wizard read the world's most powerful story; what more could you want?

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    jft2011 12-27-15
    jft2011 12-27-15
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    "Great performance, but glaring technical problems"

    Wonderful narration marred by many chapters having muffled or slowed audio, distorting the performer's voice

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    Uogio USA 12-15-15
    Uogio USA 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic performance & translation"

    I listened for about 45 min a day while walking the dog - the story is so engaging, very funny in places, dramatic. Absolutely gorgeous performance. Can't wait to listen to Iliad next.

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    7/26/16
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    "Beautifully translated & read; poor sound quality"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a recent, wonderful and acclaimed translation and it is beautifully read to boot. These outstanding qualities count for little as the sound quality is so poor that at times one gives up listening out of sheer frustration. The narrative is so muffled that at times it is indistinct and the narrative flow is lost. A real disappointment, not because of a poor text or bad reader, but because of a careless or indifferent presentation. I have tried listening to both the normal and the enhanced downloads and both suffer equally. Someone at Audible needs to look at this as I cannot believe the original would have been released with these obvious faults.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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