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The Odyssey | [Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)]

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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    Caleb Reno, NV, United States 08-04-12
    Caleb Reno, NV, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great translation of an epic tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who's never heard the tale, but I would warn them about the extremely high pitched annoying tones played between chapters. Ripped my head phones off the first time thinking something was wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    Drop the freaking chapter change tones. They were aweful.

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    James Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-14-12
    James Carlsbad, CA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Audiobooks rock. Reading rocks too, but I can read twice as many good books this way, while walking, driving, etc.

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    "Ian McKellen is great, story good but tedious."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Classic.


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

    Cyclops.


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

    He is an awesome actor who had all the voice and language.


    Do you think The Odyssey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is a follow-up to The Illiad, I believe, and the way Homer wrote, everything was basically followed up, eventually. He likes telling stories over and over, from different points of view, but with exactly the same language from previous tellings. But, you know, he was a front-runner, so, you have to give him that.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a little tired of Dawn appearing every morning with her rosy-red fingers.

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    Pål Bodoe, Norway 06-11-12
    Pål Bodoe, Norway 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Superb performance of classic narrative"
    What does Ian McKellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have tried reading it before, but I could not get into it. McKellen's narration makes the text come vividly alive.


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    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 03-27-12
    Douglas Madison WI, WI, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic!"

    This was a great way to read Homer's The Odyssey. Ian McKellen was wonderful. The story is one of the greatest in world history, in fact, it is the story that most other good stories borrow something from.

    The only issue with this recording (which is why the overall is missing a star) is there are some brief glitches and then starting around Audible chapter 9, the voice is really slowed down for about two or three chapters. It was annoying but I simply used my Audible App speed feature and sped through those parts.

    If you've always wanted to read the Classics, but felt intimidated, this is an excellent place to begin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos Stillwater, MN, United States 03-01-12
    Carlos Stillwater, MN, United States 03-01-12
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    "Great Story!"
    What does Ian McKellen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice was made for this story! He does an amazing job bringing the characters to life!


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    Nichael Guilford, VT, United States 02-20-12
    Nichael Guilford, VT, United States 02-20-12
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    "Wonderful (but missing notes and introduction)"
    Any additional comments?

    The recording is, of course, wonderful. Giving a

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    John Billings, MT, United States 01-16-12
    John Billings, MT, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic, read by a classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    I appreciate knowing how to pronounce all those Greek names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odysseus is both a commanding hero and an excellent flirt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Odysseus is both at his best and his worst when he meets the Cyclops.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Much better to draw it out into episodes. Each adventure has a flavor of its own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Richmond, CA, United States 12-21-11
    Stuart Richmond, CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, great translation, great reading."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I definitely recommend the audio version.


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

    Odysseus visits the underworld.


    What about Ian McKellen’s performance did you like?

    A great, classic reading!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's much too long and involved.


    Any additional comments?

    I heartily recommend his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Atlanta, GA, United States 10-10-11
    Robert Atlanta, GA, United States 10-10-11
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    "Unusable."
    Would you try another book from Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) and/or Ian McKellen?

    Homer's fine. McKellen is horrible - his accent is so strong that the book is worthless. And, the


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

    The unfortunate earsplitting music at the beginning.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ian McKellen’s performances?

    No.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Emily PLANO, TX, United States 02-20-14
    Emily PLANO, TX, United States 02-20-14
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    "chapters on audio don't match actual chapters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, the book is easier to understand listening to it


    Would you recommend The Odyssey to your friends? Why or why not?

    no, because we are reading in school


    Any additional comments?

    the chapters on the audio don't match the books (chapters) in the oddyssey

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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