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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (60,326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sophocles Narrator: Michael Sheen and full cast Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN:
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In the hands of Sophocles, the master dramatist, the anguished tale of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother retains its power to shock and move beyond any Freudian reference. In this new translation, performed by an outstanding cast led by Michael Sheen, the searing inevitability facing Oedipus proves as shocking as it was 2,500 years ago when it was first presented in the theatre at Athens.

Translated by Duncan Steen. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra Castro | 2/5/2014

    " I really didnt enjoy this anybit. I hate how a mother could give a child away , and perhaps thats the reason why I didnt enjoy this,I do not recommend this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 1/14/2014

    " If you publish a piece of literature that ends up somehow being a feature of parlance (e.g., Oedipal complex), then you're either a lucky fucker or a genius. Either way, you should get an automatic five stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brimate | 12/9/2013

    " i read this some time in high school. it's pretty pointless, in my opinion. although maybe i didn't get much out of it in high school. maybe it's actually a critique of power and hierarchy. well, i don't care enough to find out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abdussalam amoo | 12/5/2013

    " a good piece that shows no one can escape fate "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yenny | 12/2/2013

    " I just finished reading this for my World Literature course. I was already familiar with the plot, having read 'Antigone' back in high school. I actually really enjoy Sophocles's tragedies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 10/12/2013

    " Certainly makes you realize that you cannot change your fate nor should you attempt to alter it in anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roni | 10/2/2013

    " Pretty good story, I really like the tragic endings to these plays "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Klejnot | 5/22/2013

    " I read a translated version of this play for English class in college. I liked the play but in typical English class fashion we over-analyze the play and had to write an essay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dania Rodriguez | 12/29/2012

    " depressing story but still beautifully told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Conchie | 10/27/2012

    " Sophocles understood that to see his name in print he would have to appeal to the masses with a base, electrifying tale of love, lust, revenge, and redemption (or not). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Levi Douglass | 10/15/2012

    " I wish I had realized how great this was when I read it sophomore year of high school. I read it again last semester and thought it was amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keeley | 10/10/2012

    " I thought it was annoying. Oedipus is very demanding, not willing to listen to anyone else. Plus it's full of murder and incest. I definately won't be reading it again. Yuck! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 8/7/2012

    " I have to read it for my college English class... However, it is not as bad as Julius Caesar in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 6/21/2012

    " A very interesting and timeless play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abe Goolsby | 4/11/2012

    " Think your life stinks? Try waking up one day to discover that you unwittingly murdered your own father, married your own mother and had four children with her. That's enough to make anyone gouge out their own eyeballs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/12/2011

    " A play famous for the anti-hero's tragic flaw, this ancient work is actually very good drama. One technique that works well is, in two instances, giving the audience some plot twists or clues to pending twists in advance of the characters' realization to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/3/2011

    " For classical structure, there is no better play. But Oedipus is totally a dick. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 5/7/2011

    " I had to read this book for a mythology class. The book didn't take long to read but it was boring. I could summarize the whole book in a few paragraphs. I felt that the plot was very predictable which was a major reason why I thought this book was boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renuka | 4/23/2011

    " Thousands of years old - no, just this century...read them to see how the simple sentences can make your heard blled raw. I loved Antogone best - the rebel ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/19/2011

    " I prefer the more modern translations and this one is easy to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 4/6/2011

    " Antigone's still my favorite to teach of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/8/2011

    " I need to read more Greek tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/28/2011

    " disturbing and yet fascinating at the same time =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia | 2/26/2011

    " Antigone is my homegirl and what not, but I really liked Oedipus better this time around. (it's a re-read) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/22/2011

    " "There once was a man named Oedipus Rex/You may have heard about his odd complex/His name appears in Freud's index/Because he...loved his mother..."- Tom Lehrer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candie | 2/20/2011

    " This is a great interpretation. Easy to read without losing the original intent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/18/2011

    " one of the more fun AP lit books "

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