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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (January 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590425994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590425995
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-George Guidall, the Michael Jordan of audiobook narrators, provides a marvelous rendition of Bernard Evslin's young adult classic retelling of The Odyssey (Scholastic, 1966, pap. 1989). Following a prologue summarizing the ten year Trojan War, the story opens with Ulysses' departure with his men and three ships, laden with Trojan spoils, for Greece. And thus begins the most famous and revered decade long adventure in Western literature, replete with jealous and vindictive gods and goddesses, epic heroes, and fantastic creatures. Whether Guidall is enacting the heroic Ulysses, the bellowing Cyclops, Polyphemous, or somnolent Lotus-eaters, the Obie Award-winning actor's narration is exemplary and diverse, and will capture and retain the focus of all listeners from middle school to adult. This audiobook is an unmitigated delight and an excellent contribution to the canon of recorded classic tales.
Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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From Homer's ODYSSEY to James Joyce's classic, the ancient Greek hero and his modern counterpart have been the subject of a lot of literature. But, let's face it, most readers today run from Ulysses, fearing his tale will be ponderous and boring. So it's a wonderful surprise when narrator George Guidall lays out this straightforward, action-packed retelling with the voice of authority. To say this sailor-king has it rough as he tries to make his way home, past amorous goddesses and angry giants, is a gross understatement. M.C. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Customer Reviews

I read this book in the 3rd or 4th grade and absolutely loved it.
Chris
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves adventures or anyone who would like to read an amazing book.
Ciaira Young
Even though I did not particularly enjoy this book it was interesting and kept me hooked most of the time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Kontier on August 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this book as part of my 7th grade Language Arts class. The story is exciting and entertaining. My students enjoyed the book especially during read alouds. The story also provides ample opportunities for writing topics, prediction, question & answer, and art. I follow up the book with the video/DVD The Odyssey with Armand Asanti but edit parts out. I obtained the Kurt Douglas version and will be comparing them. This is a must for any classroom library. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a wonderful book. If you are interested in mythology, this is an exellent book to read. It is based on the classic "Odyssey", but retold in a format suitable for young adults. Every chapter contains a new, exciting adventure. Some of these include stories about Calypso, Circe, and Syclla & Charybdis. It is not hard to get in to, as the adventure starts on the very first page. So, if you are interested in mythology, give "The Adventures of Ulysses", a try!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
The adventures of Ulysses is a excellent book. It was fun, exciting and filled with irony. It always keeps you wondering what is going to happen, and keeps you at the egde of your chair. There was no best part of the story, the whole adventure was thrilling. He was faced with many challanges and was able to over come them all! For examle when Ulysses was in the cave with the Cyclops he was very clever; he tricked the Cyclops and got him drunk by drinking unwatered wine. Then he stabbed him in his one and only eye, which left him blinded and Ulysses escaped the cave by the help of rams. Ulysses was faced with many enemys, Poseidon was his greatest. Poseidon put a curse on Ulysses which made his voyage home very difficult. Like Circe said, Ulysses was sly like a fox; he got home to Ithaca in "the Return."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book in the 3rd or 4th grade and absolutely loved it. It sparked a lifelong interest in history, religions, politics, literature, you name it. It successfully takes The Odyssey, one of the classic works of Western literature, and turns into an extremely readable adventure story. For a teacher or a parent, this is a good way to introduce your kid to history and ancient Greek mythology and culture. This is a must read for all upper elementary school and middle school students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wally Chang on May 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is really exciting, especially the parts where he sees those monsters like the cyclops. It was funny when he tricked the cyclops into thinking that his name was Noman. Then when the Ulysses and his men attacked it, it said, "Noman is killing me! Noman is killing me!", which meant that no man is killing it to the other cyclops. I can't believe that he thought of something like that. It suprises me that a book like this is a non-fiction book, since there are those monsters. This book was really a book to remember.

The main character of this book is Ulysses, the King of Ithaca. He goes to Troy to attack the Romans with many other Greeks to bring the wife of a Greek king back. The Romans stole her from her home. After they win the battle after many years, it was time for the long journey home to Ithaca. While he was sailing home to his wife, Penelope, he saw many extraordianary "things" like Cyclops and Circe and the Sorceress. On the way home, he encountered so many obstacles that he lost all his companions. That's so sad.

I liked this book because it is full of adventures and twists and turns. It is so exciting that i finished the book in one day because i couldn't stop reading! This is a book that people of all ages should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Trinque on January 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I HAVE BEEN USING THIS NOVEL IN MY SIXTH GRADE LITERATURE CLASS FOR THE PAST NINE YEARS! IT IS ALWAYS A FAVORITE AMONG MY STUDENTS. THEY LAUGH WHEN POLYPHEMUS CAN'T SEE AND CHEER ULYSSES ON WHEN HE CONFRONTS PENELOPE'S SUITORS! I HIGH RECOMMEND IT. IT GOES NICELY WITH OUR SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM ON ANCIENT GREECE. I GUARANTEE YOUR STUDENTS WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
There are a lot of books that can get very boring to me, but this book never did. Whenever one exciting part was over, another one started. That is what I liked about this book. I also liked the history part in it, and that it wasn't very modern at all. I thought that made it good too. No wonder the Odyssey is so famous. It's a great adventure, and one that I would reccomend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Matthews on July 22, 2006
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This is the young reader's version of the Odyssey, with every chapter a new adventure, most in 6-8 pages. In each chapter there is a terrific line such as "Heroes are made when retreat is cut off," or "Bad luck makes good stories." As a middle school teacher I use those key lines as focal points for each day's reading. This is one of my all-time favorite books for young adoescents.

As a read-aloud, when Circe confronts Ulysses, the boys are all but paralyzed in trying to not to look at each other or anywhere else - I think they all think they're the only one "thinking it." Yes, mythology is hot.
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