Metamorphoses

  • by Ovid
  • Narrated by David Horovitch
  • 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso (43 B.C. - A.D. 17) has, over the centuries, been the most popular and influential work from our classical tradition. This extraordinary collection of some 250 Greek and Roman myths and folk tales has always been a popular favorite, and has decisively shaped western art and literature from the moment it was completed in A.D. 8.
The stories are particularly vivid when read by David Horovitch, in this new lively verse translation by Ian Johnston.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Thought provoking.

Enjoyed every minute, but want to read it again! this time taking notes! beautifully narrated.
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- Richard Austin

Not at all what I was expecting.

I had always assumed that this classic would be dry and inaccessible, and only bought this on a whim because a credit was about to expire. I am so glad I did. The audio book is like having a really interesting stranger tell you a long fascinating rambling story, full of characters that you have heard of but never really paid attention to. It was a really refreshing way of hearing a story, or rather a family of stories, without the usual scene setting and incidental mood narrative of modern fiction, somehow the stories are stronger for being recounted almost as hearsay.
I presume that this is a fairly modern translation, because it never sounded dated or obscure. David Horovitch's reading is spot on, soft or forceful, whiny or enthusiastic, to fit the need.
I really wish that someone had read this to me when I was very young, it would have given me an insight into many of the classic characters that tend to get wielded by intellectuals when they are bragging, safe in the knowledge that you never had a classical education: this story is the foundation for that education, and this audiobook is no more challenging than a great fairytale.
There are some real gems in here, I will listen to it again and again, and enjoy it every time - I wonder if that is why it has survived for over 2000 years?
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- Tifrap

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks