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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (448,777 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874402
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Homer’s masterpiece tells the story of Odysseus, the ideal Greek hero, as he travels home to Ithaca after the Trojan War—a journey of ten years and countless thrilling adventures. Rich in Greek folklore and myth, featuring gods and goddesses, monsters and sorceresses, The Odyssey has enchanted listeners around the world for thousands of years.

Mandelbaum’s robust, romantic, lyrical translation has an openness and immediacy unsurpassed by any other. Read aloud, it is a wonderful way to experience this enduring classic.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Rahemtulla | 2/20/2014

    " One of the greatest works of humanity in any form, written or otherwise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen Cleek | 2/15/2014

    " this journey is incredible . the fantastic world of ancient greece captured in this timeless classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Payne | 2/9/2014

    " You can read it once, or twice, but I think its just something you have to get an understanding of it as it appears so much in our culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mmathi | 2/8/2014

    " It is a great story! I am a giant fan of mythology and this is quite an epic. This follows Oedipus's journey through the seas and to multiple mythical islands. It is fantastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/5/2014

    " Reread it for third time as a refresher for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/4/2014

    " I recently re-read this and was amazed by how captivating it was. Myth at its most powerful, and it teaches enduring life lessons without any dogma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Lang | 1/29/2014

    " A lot of things I liked and didn't like about the book. Favorite charater was Penelope, the faithful wife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Daniel | 1/23/2014

    " My favorite work of Homer. Simply amazing from the charactors to the plot structor. Everyone must read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inspiring Rose | 1/22/2014

    " We grew up with Homer and we are happy about that. Greek mythology is the top of human imagination.! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney | 1/20/2014

    " I do think I would've enjoyed it more if I didn't have to read it for school. Being forced to read a book and do certain things with it makes it less enjoyable to me. I did like it in general, though. If I were to read it on my own time I am sure I would've enjoyed it a lot more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Millin | 1/19/2014

    " Another classic I was probably too young to fully appreciate. Staggering in scope and language for a poem. The verbal dexterity and erudition of the author is mind-boggling in the way of Byron or Shelley. Shocking to consider it reads so well in translation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Nail | 1/19/2014

    " Read in High School and College. Part were good but other parts bogged me down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/17/2014

    " Had to read it in school. It's an old story and I can predict things really easily (yes I spoil lots of things for myself) that's why I like a nice twist in a story! This straight out tells you what happens in the beginning! SO I only read it so I wouldn't fail in my Language Arts class! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jazzy | 1/13/2014

    " I had to read this for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Moore | 1/13/2014

    " I love this book. That's all I can say "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/8/2014

    " This was extremely hard for me to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jazzy | 1/7/2014

    " I had to read this for school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Deshazer | 1/4/2014

    " I had to read this book probably 6 times in college, being a classics minor. I was never tired of it. With the dirth of translations and richness of the story, there is plenty to discover and understand each time you read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 12/24/2013

    " finally. holy crap that was long boring and tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monique Abbett Pratt | 12/23/2013

    " I read this with my son as it was a 9th-grade English assignment. Although it is a classic, so I understand why it is on the "must-read" list, I found it rather cumbersome with a smathering of good poetry. It is hard to imagine it was passed on orally for so long! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manney | 12/17/2013

    " Definitely had to change my rating after having re-watched Le Mepris(Contempt). It clearly exploits the stigma in his endeavours to return, but with a focus: what am I returning for, and why? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Banta | 12/10/2013

    " A very difficult time teaching this. Difficult themes. Good story though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Heller | 12/7/2013

    " I know it's controversial to say but you just can't beat A New Hope imo "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha Mandell | 11/18/2013

    " Helping teach this to high school freshmen was surprisingly fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ani | 11/3/2013

    " The Odyssey had an interesting plot... but overall, it wasn't the greatest book. Perhaps it was the old English that got frustrating to read, or the fact that I had to read this for school... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Coleman | 11/3/2013

    " The Odyssey was ok. I like the plot line, but it was sort of hard to read and not fall asleep at times when there wasn't any action which was most of the book. I did really like the ending, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 10/27/2013

    " finally. holy crap that was long boring and tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/6/2013

    " Not really my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/2/2013

    " If you enjoy ancient gods & godesses, monsters, kings, warriors, and suitors, you're in the right place. Homer's "The Odyssey" is perhaps one of the greatest adventures of all time. I recommend it to all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Bloink | 4/24/2013

    " one of my favorite classic novels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sɑɳɗrɑ☼ | 3/28/2013

    " Very interesting, but I would have never read it on my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 1/10/2013

    " I re-read this one after about 10 years away... It was nothing like I remembered. It's violent, dark, and deeply disturbing. But it truly is a window into a culture a thousand years disappeared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie Dupre | 12/23/2012

    " We read this for 8th grade english and I loved it! People think I'm crazy for finding this book enjoyable, but I liked the way that it presented the story. I made you look a little deeper at detail and the story. I LOVE this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Dull | 11/24/2012

    " Interesting epic saga, helpful in understanding a lot of common threads in cultural thought "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliya | 10/22/2012

    " Intriguing, engaging and heart wrenching at times, this classic tale has all the elements of amazing story telling! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/13/2012

    " read this book in college - it was a must read. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikaela | 9/30/2012

    " I enjoyed this a lot more than I originally thought I would. Though it took a while to get into the prose I found that I really enjoyed the story- a nice surprise! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamison Johnson | 9/19/2012

    " An epic tale that is timeless and full of adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liliangel Amado | 8/23/2012

    " i find this book alright. its really long though. for those who likes to lear about Mt.Olymous and those stuff then you should read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 7/10/2012

    " Obviously a classic - and much easier to read than I was anticipating. I can't believe it took my this long to give it a try. Yeah for college! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 blacktiger36 | 2/19/2012

    " This is a great book to read to children it shows how to be confident, determined, and skillful. Children wold love this book it has good pictures and is easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 2/18/2012

    " A great adventure story about someone trying to get home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/29/2012

    " Love this book. Although it's a bit depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Maloney | 10/22/2011

    " college-tough to get through! yet worth it in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 9/20/2011

    " Great classic adventure tale of Odysseus or Ulysses trying to get back to Ithaca after the Trojan War. Interaction of the Greek gods with men. This could be the very first heroic fantasy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Nail | 8/28/2011

    " Read in High School and College. Part were good but other parts bogged me down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/24/2011

    " Epic win ;) get it?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rondell | 5/23/2011

    " i am a big fan of this book . man who goes through a hold lo of advanture just to make it home and when he get home he still got promblems.on his journey home he faces the cyclops the siren chydris and carbdis plus the suitors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/22/2011

    " The Lattimore translation is marvelously close to the original, yes, but let’s face it — it’s prose (prose with unjustified right margins). Fitzgerald is correct, even when he takes liberties. And more importantly, his translation is genuinely poetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 5/21/2011

    " Not exactly my cup of tea. Although I am part Greek myself, Greek mythology has never truly held my interest, maybe when I'm older I'll give it another shot, but for now I find the writing and poem great, but Odysseus and his men not quite that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon | 5/18/2011

    " I recommend the Lattimore translation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 5/16/2011

    " I read this in college, and didn't enjoy it much. Maybe I need to re-read? Or maybe it's really just not for me.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/16/2011

    " I felt guilty for not liking this more, but I was a bit bored during it. Glad I read it, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " I have taught seven translations of The Odyssey and Fagles has been the most accessible to the students. I still cover the entire book with my freshmen, feeling that through this classic they can learn what great literature is like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kyry | 5/14/2011

    " Hard to read... Kinda boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 5/13/2011

    " I don't need to review this because thousands already have. Good book though. I liked it. Nice and long. Good story. so old its almost part of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/13/2011

    " As Greek and Roman mythology is a favorite of mine, this epic was very entertaining. A great read to understand the action stories of a culture long ago. "

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About the Author
Author Homer

Homer (9th or 8th century BC) is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two greatest epic poems of ancient Greece. Virtually nothing is known about his life. Tradition has it that he was blind. Most scholars believe he composed the Iliad and the Odyssey by relying on oral traditions. Their value lies chiefly in the poetry itself, moving from sublime passages about the gods and heroic exploits to passages expressing deep human emotion.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.