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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.

Critic Reviews

"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)
"It's a deeply satisfying experience to listen to McKellen's subtle, resonant voice weave the story. Cherish the images as the web of this great tale is woven before the eyes of the mind." (AudioFile)

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Gorgeous

Yes, as other reviewers have mentioned, there are issues with the recording. A weird slowed down section, a clipped word here and there. Please don’t let this dissuade you from listening to this amazing performance of this gorgeous translation. It is worth these small hiccups to spend this time transported to where the dawn is always young with rose red fingers, the sea is always wine dark, and the wine is always ruddy. The poetry and songlike patterns of the language here serve the story beautifully, and Ian McKellen’s performance does it ample justice. This ancient story serves as the basis of so many stories that have followed after. Listen!

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Great rendition. Weird chapter setting.

McKellen is wonderful. But I don’t know why the Chapters weren’t set correctly. Still, I recommend it.

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Intermittent serious audio problems

McKellen is excellent until the audio slows his voice to half speed. Volume problems too. Books are broken into weird chapters that don't match the books of The Odyssey. Strange and too-loud music between books.
But Fagles's translation is great. Homer is amazing, and McKellen performs wonderfully... But the tech issues muddy his performance terribly.
I assume that the master studio file was corrupted. Could it be fixed? If not, please put a disclaimer on this. I might choose this translation and narrator anyway. As is, it was an unpleasant surprise.

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Okay

Fairly irritating narration, but obviously good story. Something about McKellen's tone was distasteful and aggravating.

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a classic

the fagles translation is easy to listen to, and a delight to the ears when read by gandalf himself!

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Terrible Sound Quality

Great classic book, but the sound quality is awful. Not worth buying. Basically a waste of money.

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Terrific

Sir McKellen could not have been any better. A great story with a great performance.

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great performance, terrible audio quality

I loved Ian MacKellen's performance but the recording was terrible. I could hear background noise some of the time and there was one part when the audio seemed sluggish. like some one slowed down the pace. other than that, this translation was great and not too difficult to follow.

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Amazing

This book was truly amazing. Ian mckellan kills it, and this story which has been around for so long will never die because of it's greatness. This translation brings it to life. It's amazing that after centuries a story that enthralled ancient greece still does the same to us around the world today.

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Audio Problems!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Everything except for the audio problems.

Any additional comments?

For a long chapter or two the audio slowed down. It sounded ridiculous. I had to play it on 1.5 speed to get it close to normal. Really ruined the listen for me.