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Extended Audio Sample The Odyssey (Unabridged), by Homer
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (448,446 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Greek poet Homer established the standard for tales of epic quests and heroic journeys with The Odyssey. Crowded with characters, both human and nonhuman, and bursting with action, The Odyssey details the adventures of Ulysses, king of Ithaca and hero of the Trojan War, as he struggles to return to his home and his waiting, ever-faithful wife, Penelope.

Along the way Ulysses encounters the seductive Circe, who changes men into swine; the gorgeous water-nymph Calypso, who keeps him a prisoner of love for seven years; the terrible, one-eyed, man-eating giant Cyclops; and a host of other ogres, wizards, sirens, and gods. But when he finally reaches Ithaca after 10 years of travel, his trials have only begun. There he must battle the scheming noblemen who, thinking him dead, have demanded that Penelope choose one of them to be her new husband---and Ithaca's new king.

Often called the second work of Western literature (The Iliad, also by Homer, being the first), The Odyssey is not only a rousing adventure drama but also a profound meditation on courage, loyalty, family, fate, and undying love. More than 3,000 years old, it was the first story to delineate carefully and exhaustively a single character arc - a narrative structure that serves as the foundation and heart of the modern novel. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Burgess | 2/11/2014

    " So glad I re-read this as an adult! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riley Shannon | 2/4/2014

    " This book was based off of oral reciation, therefore it has changed over time. There are distinct features to this book, such as long character lists, parallels, and obstacles. The Odyssey demands much attention, in order to be fully understood. Some sections are extremely out land-ish and far fetched, while some are obvious of classic adventure. Many say that the amount of characters is overbearing and too much to handle; I disagree. The characters give a unique touch to the book and add to the plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edward Johnson | 2/3/2014

    " John Wayne has wooden teeth "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason A. | 2/2/2014

    " This one of the few books that I was forced to read in high school and actually enjoyed. This is the type of work that I feel drives most writers of epic fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin Singleton | 1/25/2014

    " This book is absolutely atrocious. Many literary geniuses would strongly disagree; but they're stupid and have never actually finished the book, NO ONE has ever finished it ever ever in the history of the world. This book sucks. "

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

    " read this back in 9th grade and watched the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Wilkinson | 1/5/2014

    " Well performed audio book but i've come to realize I prefer contemporary settings and this is so far past it's almost futuristic dystopia -- or is it utopia? Still, you have to love Odysseus' dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 12/28/2013

    " Of course, its homer and from classical antiquity, so I'm on board! Loved reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Rios | 7/22/2013

    " This is just a great story and probably my favorite translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butterfly Creative | 6/26/2013

    " one of my favorite stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortney | 6/12/2013

    " I read this in school (barely) and didn't really enjoy it. Maybe eventually I'll reread it on my own time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Frucci | 5/21/2013

    " one of the best stories I have ever felt in my mind...Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 1/18/2013

    " Ohne Frage eines der wichtigsten Werke der Literaturgeschichte. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/20/2012

    " One of my all time youth reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 7/15/2012

    " After eleven years of teaching (and re-reading) Robert Fagles's translation, I decided to read Fitzgerald's this time around. Next year I may read Stanley Lombardo's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yury Shtarkman | 3/13/2012

    " My favorite book of childhood!! I am a big Greek fan, their history and culture, especially ancient times. Their legends and the way they are written expand your imagination to unlimited =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Mikush | 1/12/2012

    " read it so many times,each time gets better.... "

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

    " One of my favorite Greek mythology characters and his story is awesome "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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. "

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