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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: Homer, Robert Fitzgerald, Dan Stevens Narrator: Dan Stevens Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781427229434
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The classic translation of The Odyssey, now in an unabridged audio edition 

Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. Macmillan Audio is delighted to publish a new audio edition of this classic work. Fitzgerald’s supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus’ long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer’s tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory. Of the many translations published since World War II, only Fitzgerald’s has won admiration as a great poem in English. The noted classicist D. S. Carne-Ross explains the many aspects of its artistry in his introduction, written especially for this new edition.

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  • The lightness of Fitzgerald's touch, his almost conversational poetry, is well suited to the spoken word and to an audio version. His translation is in turn well served by the audio production... The reader is the talented actor Dan Stevens… his tone is not conventionally ‘bardic,' which is to say not dark, ponderous or declamatory, but rather young, bright and noble – as if King Harry had decided to deliver Homer instead of his St. Crispin's Day speech. The epics conjure a shimmering cast of some of the most memorable characters in all of literature... Stevens does a fine job of evoking each character distinctly... his readings play like time-honored storytelling, cozy and accessible. The New York Times

  • “With his regal delivery and majestic sense of pacing, Dan Stevens is the ideal narrator for Homer’s epic tale. The challenges that Odysseus encounters on his return home from war are as riveting as always…Stevens leaps into the text with apparent relish, enunciating Fitzgerald’s fine and comprehensive translation with painstaking precision and infusing the story with life. While the performance is excellent and the text remains timeless, the recording is best appreciated in segments rather than long listening stretches.”

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  • “Fitzgerald's smooth, musical verse is perfectly matched in this performance by the light, honeyed tones of Dan Stevens, the British actor who played Matthew Crawley in the first three seasons of "Downton Abbey." Stevens has beautiful, clear articulation, and wonderful pacing, and he really seems to enjoy the poetry of the words. I confess that I could listen to him all day. The Boston Globe

  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Classic
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2015
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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

Dan Stevens is nternationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.