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Publisher's Summary

Surviving the Trojan War was just the beginning of the adventure for Odysseus. What lay ahead was a journey home that would last for years as he encountered gods and monsters before finally returning home - only to face the greatest threat to his happiness of all. This translation of Homer's classic tale captures all the timeless excitement and gripping drama that have made it a favorite for centuries. 

(P)1989 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What listeners say about The Odyssey

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A good reading of a classic

This is a fine reading for listening. If you are a scholar, or have a hard time with some audio books, it might not be for you. It is not written in a completely contemporary style so you need to have a long attention span to understand what is happenning.

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Not Enough Information in the Listing

Telling us that the author of Odyssey is "Homer" a person who may or may not have ever existed, misses by a wide, wide margin the essential bit of information we need to made a decision about this recording. Namely, WHO IS THE TRANSLATOR? Who took the Greek and translated it into 'contemporary' English. And what does contemporary mean in this case, 1750, 1850, 1950 2004?

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easy translation, poor sound quality

recording isn't the best, translation is very listenable, story as old as time itself. glad it was included

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The Odyssey by Homer

This is a good modern version of The Odyssey, but I prefer the translation by Robert Fitzgerald which has a more poetic flavor. Norman Dietz is a good narrator. He speaks clearly and makes an interesting listen. I would recommend this audio book for those who would like a modern version.

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Great performance

Well what can I say? This is just a classic tale told via brilliant performance. Loved it

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HIghly enjoyable

I liked this one quite a bit, it's narrated fairly well and is very entertaining.

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A classic read to perfection

The performance of this timeless tail is what makes this version so impactful. Homer is long-winded to say the least and in all the right ways, but when delivered so clearly and with just the right inflection Homer becomes palletable even for those with no Greek mythology knowledge.

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a classic story

say what you will about some of the translation choices(E: messenger becoming speedy comer) this is a classic story that I'm glad is included with the membership

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Not like the book

To hard to listen too.. Not like the book itself.. Speedy comer instead of messenger is one example..

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