In a 20-year journey, fabulous fantasy mixes with extraordinary reality as Odysseus encounters enchantresses, nymphs, monsters, prophets, and ghosts. From the temptations of the lotus flowers and the Sirens' song to the horrors of the Cyclops' cave and the Land of the Dead, the story of his encounters is riveting. We hear of Circe, who turned his men into swine; Calypso, who held Odysseus prisoner for seven years; and the dreadful six-headed monster Scylla who devoured some of his crew. And we hear of the Gods, who have a vital role to play...
Dramatised by major contemporary poet Simon Armitage to celebrate the return of the Olympics to Athens, this full-cast production brings Odysseus's adventures to vivid life, conveying all the excitement, suspense, and poetry of the original. A stunning aural rollercoaster ride, The Odyssey will have your heart in your mouth and stir your soul.
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This was my first audio book download and I was truly impressed. This was a great dramatization and I recommend it to everyone. The voices were professional and easy to listen to. And the whole production was also professional and enjoyable
This multi-voice dramatization of Homer's Odyssey is very well done, but don't use it to study for that exam on Greek literature.
The narrative is all there (I think), but the language is thoroughly modern. In a sense, it probably better recalls the true telling from Homer's day, since these Greek sailors were rough guys ready for a fight, and you get the feel from the language used here. Homer probably meant to convey that impression as well, but a direct translation probably would sound more stilted than anything.
Alas, there doesn't seem to be a corresponding performance of the Iliad on Audible.
This reading of the Odyssey is dramatised by Simon Armitage, one of Britain's finest contemporary poets. He manages to get across the sense of Homer's poem using contemporary language. It really works. The use of street language, for example, reminds us that Homer's companions were pretty rough and ready. The actors live up to Armitage's fine script. I'd strongly recommend this recording, first because listening to it is such a pleasure, and second because it is useful to anyone who needs a sense of this influential work--students of English literature, for example.
I wanted to get exposure to the story, but had always feared it would be dry and tough going. The dramatized version definitely added to the entertainment value and made the story much easier to pay attention to. I would highly recommend this dramatized version.
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