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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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