Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey has been the standard translation for more than three generations of students and poets. Macmillan Audio is delighted to publish the first ever audio edition of this classic work, the greatest of all epic poems. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited for audio, recounting the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language listener in all its glory.
In keeping with the oral tradition of the time, Dan Stevens, whose many celebrated performances include Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley, makes this epic tale come alive. The listener becomes totally immersed in the adventure and drama of the story – this is the way The Odyssey was meant to be experienced.
Also included on the program is a portion of the poem read in ancient Greek so that listeners may experience the lyricism and music of the original language.
©1998 Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
It goes without saying that this greatest of poems is worthy of honor. The narration could not be better. I recommend highly, as well as the Iliad by the same translator and narrator.
Everything I said about Stevens' reading of The Iliad is true for this one, and then some. It's a nearly perfect marriage of translator and narrator. (Homer's not half bad either.)
The structure of The Odyssey is a wonder: multiple layers, multiple points of view, all of it flowing forth effortlessly.
Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey was my first contact with Homer. There are other translations that are more accurate, on a line by line basis; but few that throw off as many sparks of compact beauty.
The story's magnificent. It's feels like a battlecry to the listener. The story calls you to the life of adventure and glory. (That sounds flowery, but when you finish...!)
Dan Stevens' narration adds an entirely new dimension to The Odyssey--particularly its humor and humanity. If this is your first time through, the narrator masterfully sucks you into the story; if, however, you want to return to Ithaca, this is the way to travel!
This was my first experience with this classic and it was fantastic! can't wait to hear similar stories narrated by Dan Stevens. thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
Very cool story which gave me some faith back in the old stories. (see my shoot me now review of Ovid's metamorphoses)
Odysseus is a sh*tty guy only insofar as he's sort of super-man like in his favor with the gods. He's punished probably because he's such a bawse. I like my characters a little more flawed than that.
Very enjoyable, makes sense that this story has been around for as long as it has.
I don't care for Odysseus ' s double standards , but stevens' interpretation was so helpful. I love that he caught the humor in this classic
Perfectly narrated by Dan Stevens with quiet dignity - it rolls on an on magnificently, carrying you with it.
"this is the best book of all times
everyone should read Homers poetry at least once in a lifetime.
the best story of all times.
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