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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)
Is it that hard to have 1 chapter = 1 Odyssey book. Disorganized at best. Really, freebie service LibriVox can make each chapter cover a single book of the Odyssey. What is so hard with having one chapter longer than others. E.g. Book 2 starts about 30+ minutes of Chapter 1. This is lazy. Also there some strange echo effects too.
I really enjoyed listening to the Odyssey as narrated by Ian McKellen. He did a great job of making it interesting and dramatic. For some reason some chapters sounded a bit muffled, but I think that had to do more with the recording than his voice. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it seemed to drag a bit once Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca.
hard to stop listening as it holds the imagination. and I must say this version has increased my appreciation of the story.
Learn about life through the fantastical nature of another's world.
The voice over doesn't match in a few chapters which makes it hard to hear. other then that it is perfect.
I haven't touched any Homer since high school and with Ian McKellen as narrator it was a great way to get back into it. Great for long drives if you really like to switch things up.
Yes - although Fagle's translation is modern, it IS a 2500 year old poem, and reading can be dry. McKellen does a great job of making the characters and speeches sound real.
The narration by Ian McKellan was superb, but the sound quality of the recording almost made me stop several times. Unusual for Audible.
If you are looking to expand your knowledge of Greek culture this may be a good fit but for most people this Will be a very bad read. This is a translation of a poem in Greek for Greeks. If you aren't almost as knowledgable about the Greek gods, heroes, and culture as an Ancient Greek citizen, this book will be very difficult due to the pace at which it introduces characters...often with little to no backstory, or backstory that you don't understand because the backstory itself needs some backstory. Because it is written for ancient Greeks it assumes it's reader has the knowledge of an Ancient Greek citizen. Only read this if you are very interested in ancient culture or you are required to read it for school.
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