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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Dillon Narrator: Elijah Alexander, Armando Durán Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781504724197
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In the tumultuous aftermath of the Trojan War, a young man battles to save his home and his inheritance. Setting out to find his father, he ends up discovering himself.

Telemachus’ father, Odysseus, went off to war before he was born … and never came back. Aged sixteen, Telemachus finds himself abandoned, his father’s house overrun with men pursuing his beautiful mother, Penelope, and devouring the family’s wealth. He determines to leave Ithaca, his island home, and find the truth. What really happened to his father? Was Odysseus killed on his journey home from the war? Or might he, one day, return to take his revenge?

Telemachus’ journey takes him across the landscape of Bronze-Age Greece in the aftermath of the great Trojan war. Veterans hide out in the hills. Chieftains, scarred by war, hoard their treasure in luxurious palaces. Ithaca retells Homer’s famous poem The Odyssey from the point of view of Odysseus’ resourceful and troubled son, describing Odysseus’ extraordinary voyage from Troy to the gates of hell, and Telemachus’ own journey from boyhood to the desperate struggle that wins back his home … and his father.

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  • “Dillon’s vibrant retelling of The Odyssey is set during the aftermath of the Trojan War and centers on Telemachus, son of the Greek war hero Odysseus…Dillon’s use of the father-son bond and their parallel journeys—Odysseus’ traumatic, meandering trip toward home and Telemachus’ turbulent ascent to manhood—is as rich as it is complex. This is a smart and highly readable adventure, and a fresh take on a classic story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Novelist and nonfiction writer Dillon crafts a sentimental tale featuring the well-traveled cast of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey…This fresh take on an ancient narrative will capture the imagination and heart of readers both new to and well versed in Homer’s works.”

    Library Journal

  • “Dillon has done an excellent job of reimagining the end of The Odyssey and charting Telemachus’ growth from a timid youth to a capable young man…The story is smoothly told and suspenseful, holding readers’ interest through an open-ended finale that invites a sequel.”

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About the Author

Patrick Dillon is a writer and award-winning architect. He is the author of seven books, including Truth, Lies, The Much-Lamented Death of Madam Geneva, and The Last Revolution. Dillon has been fascinated by Homer’s Odyssey since studying it at school and has traveled extensively in Greece. He lives in London with his family, dividing his time between writing and architecture.

About the Narrators

Elijah Alexander has worked professionally as an actor for over fifteen years. He has worked and lived in New York, where he performed in numerous productions, including the Tony Award–winning play Metamorphoses. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for two years and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons, as well as regionally at various other theaters. In Los Angeles, he has worked on critically acclaimed productions of Sleuth, produced by Garry Marshall, and other works. His film and television credits include Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Emily’s Reasons Why Not, JAG, Summerland, So NoTORIous, and Guiding Light. He was the voice of Vayne Solidor in Final Fantasy XII and has done several commercial voiceovers. He is currently the voice of Kenmore and has narrated more than ten audiobooks, including James Jones’ acclaimed novel From Here to Eternity.

Armando Durán has appeared in films, television, and regional theaters throughout the West Coast. For the last decade he has been a member of the resident acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 he was named by AudioFile as Best Voice in Biography and History for his narration of Che Guevara. A native Californian, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.