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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (448,667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Ian McKellen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, the Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years.

A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer’s epic tale remains as captivating today as it was 2,700 years ago.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. The Yale Review
  • [In] Robert Fitzgerald’s translation . . . there is no anxious straining after mighty effects, but rather a constant readiness for what the occasion demands, a kind of Odyssean adequacy to the task in hand, and this line-by-line vigilance builds up into a completely credible imagined world. from the Introduction by Seamus Heaney
  • [Robert Fitzgerald’s translation is] a masterpiece . . . An Odyssey worthy of the original. The Nation

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pjones | 2/18/2014

    " Slogged through this in high school. Wish I'd paid more attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robyn | 2/11/2014

    " Ok- if you are a bi-ped you have to read it. It's just one of those books you have to read whether you like it or not. Even if you hate it you can at least work in, "You know in The Odyssey where..." at parties and people will think you are a genius. At least in Texas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ad Astra | 2/3/2014

    " Should get 4 stars for being such a great translation and really keeping in rhythm of the piece coming from an oral tradition. But I was sort of forced to read this for school, which limited my happiness with the story. I was very rushed to get through this one so my reading is biased a bit. This is a really great story, I never realized how ruthless Odysseus was. His son offers up a great semi-coming of age (he doesn't quite become all the way a man in this story). Penelope mirrors the trials of Odysseus in a more steady, weathered down kind of way while Odysseus seems to have a plethora of troubles he must conquer and arise from. The second half of this book was much more titillating and enjoyable than the first half. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Abby Warren | 1/31/2014

    " Even as an English major I don't think I will ever be mature enough to enjoy or understand this book. "

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