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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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    andrew 06-15-17
    andrew 06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ian McKellen AKA Gandalf! narrating.. Just epic."

    There are audio problems, but in my opinion they weren't bad enough to make it unlistinalble, just a little annoying. The amazing voice completely made up for it though.

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    JC 06-11-17
    JC 06-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "audio gets a bit wierd"

    the reader reads this like a shaksperian play. His cadence gets a bit fast at times that I find the I have to replay portions to understand what's going on. A few times it seems like Audible slows his reading down at times in the book, making it hard to listen too.

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    Kevin 06-10-17
    Kevin 06-10-17 Member Since 2017

    Reading until I am ready to write.

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    "Translation and Narration A+, Sound C"

    Translation and narration were great. The engineering and volume equalization among the chapters could have been much better. Still highly recommend for those wanting to revisit The Odyssey. Fagles translation is modern but without ruining the Greek text of its origin.

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    logovo San Diego, CA 06-06-17
    logovo San Diego, CA 06-06-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Masterful reading"

    Wow, the last few chapters had me in their grip, thanks in part by the performance. What and amazing reading!

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    Lindsay T. Johnson 05-25-17
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    "background noise"

    the performance is great but about halfway through the book you start to hear voices in the background, as if the recording studio had multiple booths with narrators narrating other stories.

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    Samantha 04-11-17
    Samantha 04-11-17
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    I love the story but had to return this audiobook because the narration was horrible. Halfway through it sounded like the narrator changed and often times I could hear someone else in the background. It was very annoying and distracting.

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    Michael Baird 01-02-17
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    "Ian is amazing."

    Amazing reading of Homer's epic. Ian McKellen brought this translation to life for me. He found the drama in virtually every sentence. I don't know how anyone could have done better.

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    Amazon Customer 12-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, bad reader"

    I didn't like the way the narrator read the book. It was hard to keep up and things like cadence, pitch, and power were not commanded by this reader. It took me a good hour to get use to him and to know who the characters were. I loved the story though.

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    Julie And Brian Forehand 11-30-16
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    "Chapters? !"

    The 'books' don't align with the chapter breaks. Ian does a great narration, but the way this way divided into 'chapter's makes it difficult to navigate to certain 'books'.

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    Nicholas B. Morris 11-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good translation, good performance, poor engineeri"

    Fagles' translation is fantastic and McKellen gives a great performance, but the audio is uneven.

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