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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: 9781400182183
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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 ten 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 three thousand 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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany Wosiak | 2/20/2014

    " I HATED THIS BOOK!!! It was so confusing, and I actually get Greek Mythology! And Shakespeare! And I couldn't understand this book at all. At all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladiebug Dame | 2/16/2014

    " ... A classic in literature, true poetry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josephine | 2/14/2014

    " Just finished my 2nd reading of this (and 'The Iliad') for an A level exam and I've definitely decided that I'm an 'Odyssey person'. Whilst Iliad focuses on the death and destruction of warfare, I find the Odyssey somewhat heartwarming in that it's all about a man just trying to get home to his wife and kid (awww) and re-establish his position in his house. I've really grown to have a soft spot for emotional Odysseus and don't even mention Argos... Lattimore's translation is just about as vivid and epic as you can get. It's a little more complicated than the other translations apparently, since it's the closest you can get to the original. But incredibly useful for students like me :). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaitlyn Goldsmith | 2/13/2014

    " I did not like the book because I don't like reading about Greek gods, that doesn't interest me. "

  • 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Londa Kever | 2/6/2014

    " Action and romance. Liked by both sexes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddy Levey | 2/6/2014

    " Had to read this for English 9. Didn't get to enjoy it really because we read it so fast and had to do worksheets with it. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Banta | 1/28/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Joosten | 1/26/2014

    " I think I know more people who prefer The Odyssey than the Iliad, though I fall into the reverse camp... but it's like Tolkien with languages: there are moods and some tastes predominate at different times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 (: Paige :) | 1/25/2014

    " I DON'T CARE WHO EVERYONE'S FATHER IS IN THIS STORY. JUST INTRODUCE THE CHARACTERS SO I CAN FINISH THIS TRAIN WRECK OF A BOOK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clareece | 1/25/2014

    " Right now I'm reading it for my college World Literature I class. I don't like the cursing. I know that the Greeks worshipped many gods,but the idea of more than one God is against my beliefs. "

  • 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 Amy Thesing | 1/24/2014

    " I see this more as a reference book, to help other stories make sense. Very handy for Greek myth allusions that seem to be everywhere! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Moore | 1/21/2014

    " One of my favorite books of all times. Arresting and powerful, a tumultuous journey home. And the story of a couple as equally matched for each other in any story I've ever read. <3 "

  • 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 Leslie | 1/17/2014

    " I thought I wouldn't like it, well because I had to read it for school. This was the best decision by far, I have ever made for English class. The only difficult is saying the names, but it's easy to understand what's going on. I recommended to look up the Gods/Goddess it'll really help to understand why they do the things they do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristal | 1/14/2014

    " i didnt really like it the movies are better just saying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Zierhart | 1/7/2014

    " Still one of the greatest all time stories. Read it on a vacation, could not put it down. "

  • 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 Mark Spano | 1/3/2014

    " I love this story. Not many better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 12/30/2013

    " Strangely, I liked the flow of the poem much more than the Iliad. "

  • 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 Carmen | 12/22/2013

    " A marvelous classic that's worth at least two or three reads!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Moore | 12/14/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn Kennedy | 12/11/2013

    " This is a good book that is one of the classics. My favorite part of the book is when Odysseus tricked cyclops and told him his name was nobody. Good book for older students. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Moraczewski | 12/11/2013

    " Prepare to spend a lot of time reading this book. It moves slow, but it's fun to reference back and research Greek mythology as the story progresses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason A. | 12/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 11/25/2013

    " The rating should be understood to apply to the translation, not the work itself. Rating classics like *The Odyssey* would be very silly.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/19/2013

    " 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 Aliya | 11/16/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Meyers | 10/27/2013

    " The epitome of classic epic book! Love, freedom, danger, and most of all adventure is what all of our hearts feed on. Not the easiest read, but well worth the extra effort! The words of Homer will become a part of you as you become a part of 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon | 7/20/2013

    " Fairly boring honestly. Up until the last 8 books or so. "

  • 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 2/4/2013

    " A marvelous classic that's worth at least two or three reads!! "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabrina Depue | 12/11/2012

    " I thought it was okay, but I never would have read it if it had not been required. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mckenzie Tuttle | 12/3/2012

    " Glad i finally got to read the whole thing. It's an entertaining story that may be a little difficult to understand but it is a wonderful read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Lynn | 9/27/2012

    " I love this epic poem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 8/23/2012

    " One of my favorites of all time. Do yourself a favor. "

  • 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Conrad | 7/13/2012

    " Not for everyone. I enjoyed the Greek mythology but at times the translation can be quite droll. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Kayorie | 6/23/2012

    " Awesome. One of the best things ever composed by human beings. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Campbell | 3/31/2012

    " By Zeus, this book was so boring. The first half or so, when Odysseus is actually 'odysseying', is good, but then the whole second half when he's just pretending to be an old man and spying on his family is so gut-wrenchingly boring I almost gave up on it. The Illiad is much, much better. "

  • 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 =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 3/6/2012

    " Like the legends you've heard so much about; I enjoyed it, again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/30/2012

    " It is the Odyssey - what can I say? "

  • 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 Sarah | 11/23/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 8/8/2011

    " Re read after many years and it's more beautiful than I remember. Worth every minute you spend with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Dumuhosky | 7/17/2011

    " This is my favorite book of all time. I have read it several times, and each time I do, I get something more/different out of it. It's a difficult read, but very much worth it. The Fagles translation is my favorite, though admittedly, I haven't read them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/8/2011

    " I know some who read this almost every year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa Dewett | 6/22/2011

    " Well I had to read this for one of my classes but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. The class discussions really helped my understanding but I truly enjoyed the legend and what it contributed to my knowledge overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 6/21/2011

    " I have to teach The Odyssey every year to freshmen. We usually use the Fitzgerald translation, but I wished we used Fagles'. I think my students would understand and enjoy it more. "

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

    " Epic win ;) get it?? "

  • 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " I love both the Fitzgerald and the Lattimore translations. This work is everything. My desert island book, if I were given the desperate situation of only having one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " This is one of the best books not written. It was part of an oral tradition like much of the Hebrew/Christian Bible, but more entertaining. "

  • 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 Cristina | 5/15/2011

    " Tra i due poemi, il mio preferito. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicolette | 5/12/2011

    " Greek mythology right up my alley "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alford | 5/7/2011

    " I try to read this through at least once a year. Each time is more moving to me then the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Of Homer's works, the Iliad is my favorite.

    This translation, I think, is the best one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cedar | 5/1/2011

    " I swear if Greeks and the Trojans did not spend so much time scavenging for valuables on the dead and if they took up modern day burial practices the Trojan war would have lasted a year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/28/2011

    " Really good required read if your tiring to catch up on the classics, Read with the Oddssey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. | 4/26/2011

    " I've read this work three times. There is something about the treatment, the language, that gives me a taste of the war. It doesn't feel like an ancient battle. I know these people. I recognize them. They're like me. Only I have to remind myself that this happened a long time ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 4/22/2011

    " I read the Stanley Lombardo translation, which rocked my socks off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/21/2011

    " i don't know what version of The Iliad I read in college, but I loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rei | 4/21/2011

    " wooooooooooooow!!!!!!
    akhirnya beres juga baca buku ini
    wkwkwkwkwk "

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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

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.