The Odyssey Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Acclaimed actress Claire Danes burnishes an epic story of heroes, gods, and monsters in a groundbreaking translation of The Odyssey, the first great adventure story in the Western literary tradition. When the wily warrior-king Odysseus sets off for home after the Trojan War, he doesn’t realize this simple undertaking will become a perilous journey of 10 years. Beset at every turn, he encounters obstacles, detours, and temptations—both supernatural and human—while his wife Penelope fends off would-be suitors desperate to take the throne.
Emily Wilson is the first woman to take on the daunting task of translating over 100,000 lines of a three-millennium-old poem from Ancient Greek to modern-day English. Her breathtaking rendition captures the poetic immediacy of the original text, while allowing listeners to experience The Odyssey with an honesty and directness few other versions have achieved. The result is a lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life. A fascinating introduction provides an informative overview of the Bronze Age milieu that produced the epic, the major themes of the poem, the controversies about its origins, and the unparalleled scope of its impact and influence.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 32 minutes|
|Author||Homer, Emily Wilson - translator|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 20, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,442 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Ancient, Classical & Medieval Collections
#3 in Poetry (Audible Books & Originals)
#3 in Ancient & Classical Literature
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I listen to this at night to try to fall asleep.
This is an easy to understand version of the Odyssey which I think I read only as a short version years ago.
Ms. Danes does a great job on the lengthy narration even though most of the characters are male except Penelope.
This is well worth the price I paid.
Don't skip the Introduction! It's long but it's also fascinating to hear from an expert about the ancient world and just how nuanced it was.
I listened to the Audio book narrated by Claire Danes and it was truly delightful. The Odyssey originally comes from an oral tradition and that really is the best way to experience it. Claire Danes does an incredible job of bringing emotion the characters and drama to even the mundane elements of the story.
There are a number of translations. However, for my ear, this one provided the story in the most clear manner of any. I had given up on ever reading The Odyssey until I ran across the Wilson translation and Danes voice. I will bet that very few have availed themselves of Audible’s money back guarantee after listening to this performance.