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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)
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who's never heard the tale, but I would warn them about the extremely high pitched annoying tones played between chapters. Ripped my head phones off the first time thinking something was wrong.
Drop the freaking chapter change tones. They were aweful.
Audiobooks rock. Reading rocks too, but I can read twice as many good books this way, while walking, driving, etc.
He is an awesome actor who had all the voice and language.
It is a follow-up to The Illiad, I believe, and the way Homer wrote, everything was basically followed up, eventually. He likes telling stories over and over, from different points of view, but with exactly the same language from previous tellings. But, you know, he was a front-runner, so, you have to give him that.
I got a little tired of Dawn appearing every morning with her rosy-red fingers.
I have tried reading it before, but I could not get into it. McKellen's narration makes the text come vividly alive.
This was a great way to read Homer's The Odyssey. Ian McKellen was wonderful. The story is one of the greatest in world history, in fact, it is the story that most other good stories borrow something from.
The only issue with this recording (which is why the overall is missing a star) is there are some brief glitches and then starting around Audible chapter 9, the voice is really slowed down for about two or three chapters. It was annoying but I simply used my Audible App speed feature and sped through those parts.
If you've always wanted to read the Classics, but felt intimidated, this is an excellent place to begin.
His voice was made for this story! He does an amazing job bringing the characters to life!
I appreciate knowing how to pronounce all those Greek names.
Odysseus is both a commanding hero and an excellent flirt.
Odysseus is both at his best and his worst when he meets the Cyclops.
Much better to draw it out into episodes. Each adventure has a flavor of its own.
Yes, I definitely recommend the audio version.
Odysseus visits the underworld.
A great, classic reading!
No. It's much too long and involved.
I heartily recommend his book.
Homer's fine. McKellen is horrible - his accent is so strong that the book is worthless. And, the
The unfortunate earsplitting music at the beginning.
yes, the book is easier to understand listening to it
no, because we are reading in school
the chapters on the audio don't match the books (chapters) in the oddyssey
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