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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)
Very interesting story.
He read the book seamlessly. He was very believable.
This is a great classic book. Everyone should give it a read.
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.
Wonderful narration marred by many chapters having muffled or slowed audio, distorting the performer's voice
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!
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!
"Beautifully translated & read; poor sound quality"
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.
"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.
"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.
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