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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Pope Osborne Narrator: James Simmons Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN:
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Mary Pope Osborne retells thrilling stories from Homer's Odyssey, one of the greatest epics of all time.

Volume 1 includes:
Book One, The One-Eyed Giant
When Odysseus must leave his home to fight in the Trojan War, he never imagines that he'll be away from his family for so many years. Now, at long last, he is leading his men across the seas. But many dangers await them, and none is more terrifying than Polyphemus, the one-eyed giant.

Book Two, The Land of the Dead
Odysseus and his men have defeated the one-eyed giant, but its curse plagues them at every turn. Cast out to the open seas by the wind god, Odysseus and his men face giant cannibals and outwit a beautiful witch, who reveals Odysseus's next challenge, a journey to the mysterious and feared land of the dead.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 2/11/2014

    " An exciting condensed version for kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 teresa | 2/4/2014

    " We have been reading Greek Myths lately and I discovered this series by Mary Pope Osborne. They are written for grade 2-5 but I am reading them aloud to my 5 year olds. I think Osborne does a great job of taking the story and making it interesting and understandable for younger kids. We will be reading the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Truog | 1/30/2014

    " This series is a retelling of Homer's Odyssey for young audiences (think 1st-2nd grade). The One-Eyed Giant is the first in that series, and covers such famous stories as the Trojan Horse, the Lotus-Eaters, and Polyphemus. Great for the audience... but not really unique. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 1/21/2014

    " Kids should read these before the Riordian books, they would give the a clearer view, in a simpler format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms Smith | 1/14/2014

    " The first in a six volume series. A child friendly version of the Odyssey. Great inroduction to mythology and classics for adventure loving boys. Reading level is that of other Magic Treehouse books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 1/11/2014

    " A very nice story of Homer's Odyssey. I liked reading more about Greek Mythology and it was very easy to follow. Middle grade students would be able to follow this pretty easily but unsure about how they would deal with some of the things monsters do in the story to they Greeks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliraluna | 1/10/2014

    " Really liked this book. I love to learn while reading and this is the case. Gosh that cyclop is mad! and poor Odysseus I want to know more about what happened to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 12/14/2013

    " Read to my students and my children. Best when read with expression and the occasional interpolation to add zest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDean | 12/6/2013

    " This series is completely fascinating for my boy. We even had to make another trip to the library for additional mythology books. Love it when I happen to pick something that inspires further inquiry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 11/29/2013

    " Another book that Julian and I read together. He flew through it and begged to read more each night. In my opinion, the only way to read the Odyssey. It is the original story just written so a kid can read it and enjoy it. We now are waiting for the next book from the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 11/27/2013

    " Read this with my 6.5 year old and it's good children's book for getting them introduced to Homer's Odyssey. We are both looking forward to starting the 2nd book soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/18/2013

    " I read this with my 7 year old and we both really enjoyed it. It got gruesome at points, but was very easy to understand and fun to read. Can't wait for the next books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 5/5/2013

    " I loved this series. And so did my 7 year old son! If you've never plowed through the Odyssey, but would like to learn the fundementals of this great epic tale, here is the perfect abridged edition! Still poetic and engaging in regular 2nd grade level English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimba | 12/1/2012

    " I'm enjoying these re-tellings of the Classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/2/2012

    " We decided to read the Odyssey because the boys wanted to know who Helen of Troy was (because of their baby sister and all). Jonah loved, Micah not so ready for chapter books yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 10/17/2012

    " The boys and I are studying Greece right now, and this has been a great book. They like the story of Odysseus, and it's a good way to introduce them to a classic story. Book has been a good supplement to our Greece unit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 7/15/2012

    " a great collection of stories written for the elementary level reader "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/19/2012

    " Everything M.P.O. does is touched by her mark. Gifted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/28/2012

    " Mary Pope Osborne did a great job retelling this classic by Homer. Telling the tale of Odysseus' return home from the Trojan War, this is the first book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/22/2012

    " I hope I read this book before reading "The Sea of Monsters" by Rick Riordan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Gurri | 12/2/2011

    " Perfect to read to my five year old!!! True enough to the Odyssey so I can enjoy it and vivid enough for him to get into even if there are no pictures. Can't wait to read the whole series to the kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 7/15/2011

    " reading aloud with my son "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maisy | 4/11/2011

    " This was a fascinating book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aarthi | 4/8/2011

    " Great way to introduce kids to Greek Mythology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connery | 3/23/2011

    " These books are very short, yet they are the stories you hear of in the "Percy Jackson" series. They go in depth with the King Odyseeous of ithica and his long journy home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 11/30/2010

    " An exciting condensed version for kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 6/6/2010

    " I hope I read this book before reading "The Sea of Monsters" by Rick Riordan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 6/1/2010

    " A very nice story of Homer's Odyssey. I liked reading more about Greek Mythology and it was very easy to follow. Middle grade students would be able to follow this pretty easily but unsure about how they would deal with some of the things monsters do in the story to they Greeks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ludi Magister | 2/20/2010

    " Read to my students and my children. Best when read with expression and the occasional interpolation to add zest! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolina | 1/12/2010

    " Another book that Julian and I read together. He flew through it and begged to read more each night. In my opinion, the only way to read the Odyssey. It is the original story just written so a kid can read it and enjoy it. We now are waiting for the next book from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/11/2010

    " I read this with my 7 year old and we both really enjoyed it. It got gruesome at points, but was very easy to understand and fun to read. Can't wait for the next books.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoDean | 4/21/2009

    " This series is completely fascinating for my boy. We even had to make another trip to the library for additional mythology books. Love it when I happen to pick something that inspires further inquiry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/8/2009

    " I loved this series. And so did my 7 year old son! If you've never plowed through the Odyssey, but would like to learn the fundementals of this great epic tale, here is the perfect abridged edition! Still poetic and engaging in regular 2nd grade level English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/28/2009

    " reading aloud with my son "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/9/2009

    " Great read aloud introduction to the greek myths for kids. My boys enjoyed the entire series and they were great for me too. It helped me remember how all those stories were related to each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maisy | 11/26/2008

    " This was a fascinating book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/7/2008

    " great version for younger readers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/31/2008

    " We decided to read the Odyssey because the boys wanted to know who Helen of Troy was (because of their baby sister and all). Jonah loved, Micah not so ready for chapter books yet. "

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