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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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    Tagabundok 03-07-16
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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
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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
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    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
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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
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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
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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
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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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    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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