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Odysseus has been away from Ithaca, the Greek city-state under his rule, for ten years while fighting in the Trojan War. After the fall of Troy, Odysseus begins the long journey home to his wife and son; however, his journey is plagued by misfortune as the gods feud over his fate, leaving the Ithacans to believe that he has died.

In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery.

©2019 Homer (P)2019 Page2Page

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  • H. Stark
  • 12-09-2019

It's hard to imagine a worse narrator.

This narrator is unbearable. I can't believe a professional narrator would have such terrible cadence, inflection, and comprehension. He reads without passion, let alone interest or skill, his voice itself and confident southern accent are unremarkable. He is not thinking about the story as he reads, it's like he is dissociated and is the worst kind of boring.

He does not take into consideration the story or read ahead in his mind, helping the listener follow along and understand what is going on. (and this is coming from someone who is interested and aquainted with the story). I can't imagine how bad this would be for a novice or highschooler. This is particularly important for this type of literature.

He is just reading words, not a story.

I'm bummed because I was looking forward to this new translation, and don't have time to sit down with a book.
I understand there's big concepts and words here, but come on. He sounds like someone reading but not comprehending it themselves. It's like when a teacher or preacher calls randomly on someone in the pews to read aloud. If you look up the definition of "droning on and on", you are given this atrocity. I feel like I'm listening my 10 year old. I recently listened to the new novel Circe which was fantastic story and performance. At least it was only . 66 cents. no wonder.

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  • Mike in Decatur
  • 03-11-2020

Lacks Enthusiasm

The narrator, Charles Purkey, is anything but perky. There is no feeling, no enthusiasm no excitement. He reminds me of someone stand up next to his desk in fifth grade and having to site read a book. I do not recommend! Such a great story wasted by the narrator.

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  • Happy
  • 18-06-2020

The Narrator is a big turn off

For a world literature masterpiece, the narrator has underscored its weight. He sounds like a robot. Not passion. No emotion. No comprehension. I couldn’t bare to finish listening to him. I had to repurchase the version ready but Sir Ian McKellen. Difference of night and day! It’s a shame!

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  • DMax
  • 29-04-2020

For the story, not the narration

There must be versions that you would want to savor as the ancients must have in the hearing. This is not that version. The narration has nothing to recommend it. Something between wooden and robotic with the occasional mispronunciation thrown in for good eye-rolling chuckles. But I needed to speed through the book—philistine that I am— and that I was able to do.

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  • John R. Danley
  • 18-09-2021

Wrong translation

I purchased this on the understanding that it is the Fagles translation. The summary also repeats the false claim that it is the Fagles translation. It is not. This is the Samuel Butler translation, which appeared in 1900. This translation is public domain and widely available on the internet. I feel I was lied to and ripped off by Audible/Amazon.

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  • Dr C A fraser-Mood
  • 08-07-2020

Terrible narration

Monotone voice, strong US accent. Loses the magic of the story completely. Do not recommend.

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  • amazon13313
  • 28-09-2020

Disappointing, but not worth giving back

As it was only 78p, it seems petty to return it, so I won't, but I should have listened to the sample first. An American accent ruins it for me. I know my objection is somewhat irrational, since an American accent is hardly less authentic than an English one; none of it was originally written in English anyway. But I simply find it grating. I wish it was made clearer whether titles were U.S. or U.K. narration. Classics of world literature just don't sound right to me with an American accent, and this isn't the first time I've wasted money. I'm glad I didn't squander a whole credit on it, as it would definitely have had to go back.

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  • Meerkatkin
  • 06-06-2020

Very enjoyable

I've always been fascinated by the stories of the Greek myths and this book did not disappoint. It is read reasonably well by the narrator and the tales are quite absorbing with a lovely turn of phrase here and there, such as the quirky description of the coming of morning - I found myself looking forward to the repeat of that one! Yes, I'll definitely be coming back to this gem from Homer!

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