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Download The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Atwood Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages.

Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously.

When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters, and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and - curiously - 12 of her maids.

In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her 12 hanged maids, asking, What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?

In Atwood's dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality - and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery. 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 Margot | 2/19/2014

    " I adore Margaret Atwood, but this book has a special place in my heart. I was actually require to read this for a class in college (oral literature...god bless emerson for their weird classes). Anyways, I got to perform a scene from this book with the choruses, so naturally I read the whole thing. This book was amazing. It tells the story of The Odyssey but from the perspective of Penelope, Oddyseus's wife. It's humorous, heartbreaking and overall pretty amazing! I loved every second of it...and it'd make an awesome movie or play someday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheryl | 2/7/2014

    " I liked how Atwood wove historical fiction with current topics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rooks | 1/28/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, frankly. Superquick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zena V. | 1/18/2014

    " Atwood is probably one of my favourite writers, just because her style is so easy to sink into. This is a retelling of the myth of Odysseus and the Odyssey from the perspective of Penelope. It's pretty good, and now I want to read the rest of the series. "

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