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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 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.
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.
YES. I could not understand fully what the reading was saying, its was almost like deciphering it.
The most disappointing was how weird Homer wrote the book. It is an interesting story, but he worded it so weird, its hard to stay focused.
Everything including Ian McKellen is my favorite
When Ian McKellen was reading (the whole thing) and I pictured magneto reading it.
I love Ian McKellen!
Famous, but seldom read. Wonderful human story. The only minor flaw is that the audio quality is uneven, perhaps due to uneven master source. McKellen's readying is masterful and Fagles' translation is profound and stirring.
Of course I own a hard copy of this book and I read it all the time so for my first book from audible I bought it to listen to and it was one of my best choices ever.
The slaughter of the halls.
His sultry voice haha. But if I'm being honest its how he correctly pronounced the names.
He's ancient history
This is the second time that I have read through this book. The first time I understood about 10%. This time I read it while I listened to Ian McKellen reading me this beautiful story. Much better this second time around! I felt all the emotion that comes with war, love and peace.
As noted with many other reviews, the audio quality is horrendous. One of the earlier books slowed down to about half speed and other books' audio quality are very poor.
A wonderfully sustained performance - perfect match of sensitive, evocative reading and magnificent oral work.
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