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The Odyssey | [Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)]

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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    Nichael Guilford, VT, United States 02-20-12
    Nichael Guilford, VT, United States 02-20-12
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    "Wonderful (but missing notes and introduction)"
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    The recording is, of course, wonderful. Giving a

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    John Billings, MT, United States 01-16-12
    John Billings, MT, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic, read by a classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    I appreciate knowing how to pronounce all those Greek names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odysseus is both a commanding hero and an excellent flirt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Odysseus is both at his best and his worst when he meets the Cyclops.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Much better to draw it out into episodes. Each adventure has a flavor of its own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Richmond, CA, United States 12-21-11
    Stuart Richmond, CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, great translation, great reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I definitely recommend the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odyssey?

    Odysseus visits the underworld.


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    A great, classic reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's much too long and involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily PLANO, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Emily PLANO, TX, United States 02-20-14
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    "chapters on audio don't match actual chapters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, the book is easier to understand listening to it


    Would you recommend The Odyssey to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, because we are reading in school


    Any additional comments?

    the chapters on the audio don't match the books (chapters) in the oddyssey

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Atlanta, GA, United States 10-10-11
    Robert Atlanta, GA, United States 10-10-11
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    "Unusable."
    Would you try another book from Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) and/or Ian McKellen?

    Homer's fine. McKellen is horrible - his accent is so strong that the book is worthless. And, the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odyssey?

    The unfortunate earsplitting music at the beginning.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ian McKellen’s performances?

    No.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Charles Literacki Chicago, IL 11-07-13
    John Charles Literacki Chicago, IL 11-07-13
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    "free gift can not be redeemed."
    Would you try another book from Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) and/or Ian McKellen?

    Why allow friends to provide a gift and then not allow recipients to listen to it? Counterproductive indeed. Please remove this application from your repertoire since it is non-functional and deceiving to your customers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) again?

    if I could hear it, yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wouldn't know.


    What character would you cut from The Odyssey?

    I wish i knew


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, gifts should be able to be received. Your current system fails at this feature.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jorge West Covina, CA, United States 08-20-11
    Jorge West Covina, CA, United States 08-20-11
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    "HELP"

    I can download the file!? what do i do? on the last part, after you download teh AD thing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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