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Medea Audiobook

Medea

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Publisher's Summary

The Medea, in spite of its background of wonder and enchantment, is not a romantic play but a tragedy of character and situation. It deals, so to speak, not with the romance itself, but with the end of the romance, a thing which is so terribly often the reverse of romantic. For all but the very highest of romances are apt to have just one flaw somewhere, and in the story of Jason and Medea the flaw was of a fatal kind. The wildness and beauty of the Argo legend run through all Greek literature, from the mass of Corinthian lays older than our present Iliad, which later writers vaguely associate with the name of Eumêlus, to the "Fourth Pythian Ode" of Pindar and the beautiful Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius. Our poet knows the wildness and the beauty; but it is not these qualities that he specially seeks. He takes them almost for granted, and pierces through them to the sheer tragedy that lies below.

©2016 Shane (P)2016 Shane

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    HH 11-14-16
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    "Had To Read For School, So I Listened Instead"

    This was assigned reading for school, but because of having ADHD and Dyslexia I'm a very slow reader, so seeing this book available on Audible was a godsend. Thanks for whoever produced and uploaded this. Not sure what the other reviewer was complaining about but the narrator did a great job and it was easy to follow along. I'm going to start looking on Audible now whenever I get assigned reading to see if they have it because this was a BIG HELP.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AP 09-20-17
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    "Who's line is it anyway?"

    This play is excellent, as are most of Euripides other works, and the narrator performs fairly well. However, this is not a book. It is a play. The performance is extremely confusing, because the same narrator is reading everyone's lines, unlike a play where each character's lines are supposed to be read by a different person. Sometimes audible narrators attempt to compensate for the terrible performance decision by changing their voice and announcing the name of the speaker each time a different character starts speaking. There is no substitute for a full cast and a different performer for each character, but this narrator sounds the same no matter who is speaking and never announces the name of the speaker, making it impossible to know who is saying what unless you are reading along with the play, which kind of defeats the purpose of an audiobook. This performance is a terrible disservice to one of the best playwrights in history, thereby tarnishing an otherwise extraordinarily beautiful perf

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    David P. Gardner 07-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't buy this version."
    Would you try another book from Euripides and/or Jared Ristau-Hernandez?

    I would certainly try another of Euripides works if it were read by someone else. I love reading these plays. This time I wanted to hear it. But this narrator is so bad that I can't understand how he got the job.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jared Ristau-Hernandez?

    Simon Vance


    Any additional comments?

    The lesson I learned is listen to the sample reading before purchasing. I didn't do this with Medea. I think this narrator is the only option if you want the unabridged version.

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    Emma 12-22-16
    Emma 12-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible narration! Don't buy it!"

    It's never a good idea to let one person read an entire play script. Further more this particular narrator lacks talent. He didn't bother giving each character a distinct voice, so it's impossible to follow who is who and what is going on. Medea is one of the most powerful plays written by Euripides, it deserves a far better product than this.

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    Damaris Dooley White Pine, Tennessee 11-07-16
    Damaris Dooley White Pine, Tennessee 11-07-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Find a different version, if available!"

    The narrator was so monotone and there was clearly no punctuation available to him--otherwise he would have had ups, downs and pauses. It was awful. I honestly did not get any of the story line into my brain simply due to the fact he was so monotonous! Ugh. I'm getting a refund .

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