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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way It Was Meant to Be Heard, March 3, 2006
This review is from: The Odyssey (Audio CD)
I knew I'd never get around to reading it. But after all, for its first five hundred years, nobody read it--they listened to it, as the bard sang it, from memory. Now we have a chance to listen again (and again) as Ian McKellen reads this powerful prose translation by Robert Fagles.

Now I count myself lucky to have long road trips (six and a half hours each way) to listen to this epic. I've listened clear through at least three times. My thirteen-year-old son (not particularly literate, like most kids these days) listened through for extra credit in history class. And the whole family enjoyed the first three books on a one-hour drive into the mountains.

The box includes an excellent 112-page introduction by Bernard Knox and eleven CDs nicely packaged. Keep it in the glove box. It's better than coffee on a long drive.
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Initial post: Mar 31, 2007 8:13:03 AM PDT
this isn't a prose translation

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 7:42:58 PM PDT
Actually, that's quite a suppostion that the work was originally song. There's quite a lot of interesting scholarly discussion about how the work was passed on and so forth. A lot of the details of the work are not that "epic," and so I can't imagine people memorizing all of a such a long work.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 9:54:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2010 9:55:07 PM PDT
Ed Luhrs says:
You bet! I listened to this on a bunch of long rides. Better than coffee (although coffee helps.)
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