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The Odyssey Audiobook

The Odyssey

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Brent Weeks Oregon, USA 10-08-17
    Brent Weeks Oregon, USA 10-08-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    A. Best 09-27-17
    A. Best 09-27-17
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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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    Callie Nyhus 08-29-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    E. Eilers 08-22-17
    E. Eilers 08-22-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Jonathan D. Phelps Milwaukee, WI 08-21-17
    Jonathan D. Phelps Milwaukee, WI 08-21-17
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    "Terrific"

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

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    had to read it for school 08-21-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    Amazon Customer 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    David A. Montalvo Phila, PA 08-16-17
    David A. Montalvo Phila, PA 08-16-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Marisa 07-23-17
    Marisa 07-23-17
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    "Marisa"

    GREAT audio book with a wonderful translation. The audio quality sometimes dips, but this was very helpful, seeing as it's a poem, better heard that read.

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    Lenny Demers 07-09-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A Must-Listen!"

    Sir Ian McKellen outdid himself in a splendid narration! He brought each character to life and set each scene masterfully. Highly recommended!

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