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Gilgamesh Audiobook

Gilgamesh: A New English Version

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Publisher's Summary

This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

In the ancient city of Uruk, the tyrannical King Gilgamesh tramples citizens "like a wild bull". The gods send an untamed man named Enkidu to control the ruthless king, but after fighting, Enkidu and Gilgamesh become great friends and embark on a series of adventures. They kill fearsome creatures before Enkidu succumbs to disease, leaving Gilgamesh despondent and alone. Eventually, Gilgamesh moves forward, and his quest becomes a soul-searching journey of self-discovery.

Mitchell's treatment of this extraordinary work is the finest yet, surpassing previous versions in its preservation of the wisdom and beauty of the original.

©2004 Stephen Mitchell; (P)2004 Recorded Books LLC

What the Critics Say

"Stephen Mitchell's Gilgamesh is a wonderful version....This is certainly the best that I have seen in English." (Harold Bloom)
"Here is a flowing, unbroken version that reads as effortlessly as a novel....Vibrant, earnest, unfussibly accesible....The muscular eloquence and rousing simplicity of Mitchell's four-beat line effectively unleashes the grand vehemence of the epic's battle scenes." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Mitchell seeks language that is as swift and strong as the story itself. He conveys the evenhanded generosity of the original poet....This wonderful new version of the story of Gilgamesh shows how the story came to achieve literary immortality: not because it is a rare ancient artifact, but because reading it can make people in the here and now feel more completely alive." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Man's growth and realization"

    I had gotten bogged down in a lot of philosophical books and NEEDED this unexpected gem that had been sitting on my "shelf" for a while. Great story telling masterfully performed...AND then you get a second reading of it with analytical insight to help have the weight of Man's story really sink in.

    Will be revisiting at least once a year until I can recite it to my kids by the camp fires.

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    Marco Berry 01-11-17
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    "A most magnificent Post Modern Story"

    This story is enchanting. The way it spirals on gives it a trance like feel. The way the character is revealed to be the narrator all along is beautifully crafted. An excellent version.

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    Cgnelson 72 01-05-17
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    "Great story"

    I loved the essay at the end, getting the authors viewpoint gave the tale life.

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    "Wow!"

    Forget your high school reading list and just listen to it! A great performance of a great and important story.

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    "Gilgames The Oldest Epic Poem in the World"

    I have the hardcover book but is very hard to read due to the old English format is in. The Audio Book does a nice job at telling the story in modern english. Also the authors essay at the end does a nice job at analyzing the poem,this is specially good for college students who
    have to read this. The story is a workof art considering that this is the first major literary work From ancient Babylon and it precedes all major literary works written 4600 years ago.

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    "Ancient Tale"

    Good read for a trip or long wait. The reader had a wonderful voice and timing.

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    "Pleasurable Listening"

    This is the best version of the ancient Gilgamesh Epos I ever came across. The narrator has a most agreeable voice that makes the listening experience a pleasurable one.
    The first part of the book contains the actual epic. In the second part, the author gives additional information which are actually very useful. I enjoyed this part as much as the epic itself.

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    "the first superhero story, a good one too!"

    This is the oldest known tale. It's short and a little adult at first for those with puritan sensitivities, but this complex story gets at the heart of the human condition as Gilgamesh is forced to come to terms with his mortality. it's still incredibly relevant! the commentary after the novel is also very insightful to both the story and to storytelling

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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting from a Historical Perspective"

    I had never read Gilgamesh before, so I was coming into this one fresh. I was excited to finally read about the origins of these well-known names and references. Ultimately, this was interesting from a historical perspective, but not so entertaining by our modern-day standards. George Guidall does a most excellent job, of course, and really makes the book come alive. I would definitely say it's worth a listen once.

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    Zachary 09-20-16
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    "Boss"

    Very well performed. Translation and crafting of this version of the epic poem is a delight. The essay is sincere and insightful. A welcome listen.

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