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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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    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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    Antonio L. Quintanilla Chicago, IL USA 10-31-15
    Antonio L. Quintanilla Chicago, IL USA 10-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    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.

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    Paris Bennett 09-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Always loved this book"
    Would you listen to The Odyssey again? Why?

    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.


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

    The slaughter of the halls.


    What does Ian McKellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sultry voice haha. But if I'm being honest its how he correctly pronounced the names.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    He's ancient history


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    J. Greenman 09-09-15
    J. Greenman 09-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Best story on fidelity and Marriage!"

    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.

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    JR Pinto New Jersey 08-24-15
    JR Pinto New Jersey 08-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Technical problems"

    This is a great performance and a great translation. For some reason, Book 11 played slow and distorted McKellan's voice.

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    Daniel J. Stevens Baltimore, MD USA 07-20-15
    Daniel J. Stevens Baltimore, MD USA 07-20-15 Member Since 2015

    krushcuts

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    "Excellent story and translation."

    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.

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    N. Willimasoon 07-16-15
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    "Remarkable reading of an illuminating translation"

    A wonderfully sustained performance - perfect match of sensitive, evocative reading and magnificent oral work.

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    d.kainoa los angeles 07-07-15
    d.kainoa los angeles 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great reading tarnished by production issues"

    Wonderful performance by Ian McKellan slightly marred by variable audio quality in the second half.

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    Donny Swords- Author Glendale, Arizona 06-21-15
    Donny Swords- Author Glendale, Arizona 06-21-15 Member Since 2016

    I am an author of dark fantasy, including my Ways of the Stygia series.

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    "What would the gods say?"

    This book is a legend. Homer's Odyssey, What else should I say? Oh snap. The audio book narration was performed by Ian Mckellen, (Gandalf) and is brilliant.

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    john teichman 05-29-15
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    "awesome contemporary translation and reading."

    captivating. Awesome contemporary translation and reading. heartily recommend this book and the audible version. Enjoyed it.

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