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A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. 

In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace and singing with a voice that echoes Homer’s music. 

Wilson’s Odyssey captures the beauty and enchantment of this ancient poem as well as the suspense and drama of its narrative. Its characters are unforgettable, from the cunning goddess Athena, whose interventions guide and protect the hero, to the awkward teenage son, Telemachus, who struggles to achieve adulthood and find his father; from the cautious, clever, and miserable Penelope, who somehow keeps clamoring suitors at bay during her husband’s long absence, to the “complicated” hero himself, a man of many disguises, many tricks, and many moods, who emerges in this translation as a more fully rounded human being than ever before. 

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. Maps drawn especially for this volume, a pronunciation glossary, and extensive notes and summaries of each book make this an Odyssey that will be treasured by a new generation of scholars, students, and general listeners alike. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Emily Wilson (translation), Adrian Kitzinger (maps copyright) (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Corey A Hall
  • 21-11-2018

Phenomenal

I love this translation—I’ve read it several times.

Listening the Claire Danes narrate this, though, is bliss. She conveys so much emotion in her voice and makes the story come alive.

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  • A. Ketbi
  • 02-12-2018

Highly recommended

I Didn’t hesitate to get this audiobook, after hearing the Handmaid’s Tale when it first came out. I wish Claire Danes would narrate every book ! I have been wanting to read this book for a long time and when I heard Madeline Miller (who wrote Circe, a book I also thoroughly enjoyed this year) praise Emily Wilson for her translation of the book, I jumped at the opportunity.

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  • daniel
  • 13-12-2018

great book

...and claire danes does a good job reading it...word word word word word word word

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  • K J
  • 12-12-2018

Tremendous even the Second Time Through<br />

Superb translation & narration! I am so glad this was done by audible and executed so WELL!

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  • Marcos
  • 10-12-2018

excellent translation, warm narration

it was very comfortable and pleasurable listening to this audiobook. I liked the colloquial modern English.

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  • Peter Giordano
  • 10-12-2018

Not your father's Odyssey

Gender plays a big part in this new translation; most of the reviews have focused on this being the first translation of Homer by a woman. But there's much more going on here: This version attends to questions of class and status. Slavery is presented in harsh reality. I've not read the Greek in a long time so I don't know how faithful this version is to the original but it does make for a compelling and thought provoking narrative. While Claire Danes is an excellent reader and does what she can with the text I'm not certain that a female voice works throughout the whole thing.

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  • Lowball
  • 09-12-2018

It brought tears to my eyes!

Excellent rendition of this epic story. Every time I read this tale I learn something about being human. In this wonderful translation I learned more of the father son relationship. Don’t miss this opportunity.

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  • K. Leach
  • 14-12-2018

Slow start!

The introduction is over an hour...this almost got me to the point of quitting and returning the purchase. Fortunately, I slogged through it. Ms Danes has a pleasant voice, but there was no differentiation between the character voices (male or female) so at times it was challenging to be aware of what characters had lines of dialogue.

All that noted it was well worth my time to listen.

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  • Col. Mustard
  • 14-12-2018

Oh dear.

Claire Danes ruins Emily Wilson's amazing new translation. It's incredibly sad. I didn't even bother to finish listening, it is so awful. Danes uses a tremulous voice to -- I suppose -- add drama. But she adds it to everything from mundane exposition to Scylla and Charybdis, so you get 13.5 hours of unrelenting, undifferentiated melodrama.

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  • IM1
  • 28-11-2018

Line by Line Translation of Homer's Odyssey

The complete line by line translation in modern day spoken english of Homer's Odyssey is very relatable and just mesmerising. I can never get tired of Greek Mythology so maybe I am biased. Claire Danes was phenomenal. She did not try to over dramatise the scenes, nor her voice was robotic. Her narration had just the right amalgamation of emotions, intensity and pace.
Loved it.

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