Medea

By: Euripides
Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the "barbarian" kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering Jason's new wife as well as her own children, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life.

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Great Narrator makes this story work

The Key to any successful Audio Book is the Narrator and that fact is true here. This work being among the first to be performed in a Theater is a classic for a reason but that does not mean an audience will appreciate or enjoy it. That is why the great performance for this Book is so important to reach a reluctant audience. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Greek tragedy

Done by a single narrator is hard. If you know the story you can follow it. If this is your first time, skip this rendition for a full cast.

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Know thy self, know thy neighbor

Watch out for the Medeas in the world. They are out there! Loved the performance.

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And now you know the rest of the story.

Is this a thinly veiled ancient commentary on the horrors of abortion, or a cautionary tale of the dangers of divorce and infidelity. Jason is a total tool and drives his erstwhile lover and the mother of his children to murderous rage. Very dark character study. The narrator did a great job. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Classic told well

When you need a quick refresh on some of your Greek Mythology look no further. The performance is clear, the myth accurate.

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Fantastic way to access the classics!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Audiobooks have been a phenomenal way to access the classics. Listening to the book during my commute has been an absolute joy, and the story is great. The narrator has a great voice, clear and strong. Definitely recommend this book.

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Like a full cast production

Medea is a classic play telling the story of the jilted wife of Jason, of Argonauts and Golden Fleece fame, and her revenge. It is a fairly straight forward story, it has her explaining her anguish, then Jason explaining why he has to marry someone else - a princess - rather than her, a barbarian woman. So you get 'both sides'. Others try convince her not to enact revenge, before she finally decides she will, and undertakes the task. What she does, and the aftermath is worth listening to the play for. While simple, it is a classic. And hell has no fury like a woman scorned. The narration by Jonathan Waters is excellent. He performs the whole thing as a one man stage production, with different voices and intonations for each character, and for the narrator/stage directions. He imparts emotion into the whole thing. It really feels like multiple people doing a play, not just one man. Really enjoyable work by Waters. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Classic Greek Tragedy

I vowed to myself that I would read more classics once I started reading on my Kindle. I have found that the easiest way for me to do this and actually finish a book is through audiobooks. This is a true Greek tragedy IMHO, since everybody either dies or wishes they were dead. Medea is a truly demented character, but still a sympathetic one. The narrator does a fantastic job and makes the listener feel like they are watching a play being performed instead of just listening. His voices are spot-on and his interpretation of Medea has just the right insane vibe to it. I could truly feel all of the emotions: hate, revenge, sorrow, anger, love. I was given the chance to listen to this book through Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

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What a cool new way to "read" a classic!

I've never read this in its entirety, so I was happy to have a chance to listen to this recording. The narrator was amazing! I was captivated and drawn into a very crazy and horrid tale, and I really enjoyed the listen. I'm happy that through audiobooks we (and the younger generation) can explore the classic tales of old in a completely different way. It's a totally different experience! Loved it, well done :) I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Please take a moment to click the "YES" ("Helpful") button below if you found this review helpful :) Thank you!

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Medea

I loved this classic story and thought the narration was spot on. It is short and a classic, but it doesn't leave the reader/listener wanting because it is a complete story which continues another fantastic tale of Jason and the Argonauts. I am not a Greek mythology expert, but I always loved these stories and jumped at the chance to listen to this story. This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • HarrietJ
  • 05-15-19

Great narration

Very engaging narration and great translation/version of Medea. Enjoyed the story more than I expected

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  • Clare Bear
  • 11-09-18

Painful

This was very disappointing. It is like someone has attempted to give Euripides a Shakespearean makeover. It does not work. This is not Shakespeare. It does not need to be altered. Granted, if the translation used was written in Shakespearean times it would explain it, however, it wasn’t!! This is utterly dreadful, do yourself a favour and get a. MOre contemporary and accurate version. This is a waste of money and gives a very wrong impression of classical literature.

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