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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)
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.
NOT WORKING! Not downloading!!! It will not download and I wasted my 2nd free book trying this audible crap.
Wonderful narration marred by many chapters having muffled or slowed audio, distorting the performer's voice
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.
"Beautifully translated & read; poor sound quality"
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.
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