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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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    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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    "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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 12-02-15
    Amazon Customer Pittsburgh, PA 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted to Love It"

    Ian Mckellan's voice acting was fabulous... except for the hour or so in the middle where he caught a cold apparently? The wheedly music between chapters was extremely unpleasant. the text was repetitive to the point of being annoying. It has all the drama, adventure, and humor I was hoping for, but with flaws.

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    DouglasW 11-19-15
    DouglasW 11-19-15
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    "Excellent!"

    One chapter played too slow and the reader's voice sounded way "off". Otherwise the reader makes this story most wonderful. Epic!

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