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The Odyssey Audiobook

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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    Kathleen Snyder 04-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very helpful for college course!"
    If you could sum up The Odyssey in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting story.


    What other book might you compare The Odyssey to and why?

    The Iliad


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    He read the book seamlessly. He was very believable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is a great classic book. Everyone should give it a read.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tagabundok 03-07-16
    Tagabundok 03-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good oldie"

    McKellen great as always. Translation jarringly anachronistic. Music awful, like a fax machine. Good story.

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    Joseph 02-28-16
    Joseph 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow wow and wow"

    Brilliant again and again please
    Sir Ian pulls it all together beautifully if it wasn't perfect already

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    Amazon Customer 02-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "watt"

    NOT WORKING! Not downloading!!! It will not download and I wasted my 2nd free book trying this audible crap.

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    Daniel 02-01-16
    Daniel 02-01-16
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    "Gandalf reads the Odyssey"

    The world's most powerful wizard read the world's most powerful story; what more could you want?

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    jft2011 12-27-15
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    "Great performance, but glaring technical problems"

    Wonderful narration marred by many chapters having muffled or slowed audio, distorting the performer's voice

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    Uogio USA 12-15-15
    Uogio USA 12-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic performance & translation"

    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.

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    Speech pancake Pittsburgh, PA 12-02-15
    Speech pancake Pittsburgh, PA 12-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Wanted to Love It"

    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.

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    DouglasW 11-19-15
    DouglasW 11-19-15
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    "Excellent!"

    One chapter played too slow and the reader's voice sounded way "off". Otherwise the reader makes this story most wonderful. Epic!

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    mayra7ah 11-19-15
    mayra7ah 11-19-15
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    "Ian McKellen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    YES. I could not understand fully what the reading was saying, its was almost like deciphering it.


    What was most disappointing about Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)’s story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything including Ian McKellen is my favorite


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ian McKellen was reading (the whole thing) and I pictured magneto reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Ian McKellen!

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  • Beth Morgan
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    10/6/16
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    "Strange Chapters"

    This book is an excellent reading of the Odyssey. The only qualm I have with it is that the chapters do not correlate to the book numbers; as an example, book 5 starts in the middle of chapter 4, which can be somewhat confusing when trying to gauge where in the story you are. Other than that it was great!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    7/26/16
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    "Beautifully translated & read; poor sound quality"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Yorston
    3/9/17
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    "The Awdyssey! "

    ..what a struggled, been on my list for a while and found it tedious!! the narrative was good but fell asleep to it most nights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Felicity H
    11/12/16
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    "Telling a little too dramatic"

    This is a classic and great story that I've always wanted to read but I'm very happy that I've listened to it finally!

    The only real drawback for me was that I found Ian mckellen a little too dramatic with his reading at times. I think he's great but sometimes I would have preferred less pausing but it didn't deter me from listening to the whole thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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