The Odyssey

  • by Homer
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the supreme masterpieces of world literature, the Homeric saga of the shipwrecks, wanderings, and homecoming of the master tactician Odysseus encompasses a virtual inventory of the themes and attitudes that have shaped Western culture. The tale of Odysseus' encounters with such obstacles as Calypso, Circe, Scylla and Charybdis, the Sirens, and the lotus-eaters, and his dramatic return to Ithaca and his patient wife, Penelope, forms a prototype for all subsequent Western epics. Robert Fitzgerald's much-acclaimed translation, fully possessing as it does the body and spirit of the original, has helped to assure the continuing vitality of Europe's most influential work of poetry.

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Homer from Home

I first read the Odyssey thirty years ago on a bus journey from Cardiff to Sunderland via London which took over sixteen hours to complete and cost ?9.40 return (hence the via London bit). The great advantage was that I was able to read it in one sitting. Once you get over the endless strings of names and the very picaresque style, it is possible to enjoy The Odyssey as a good read in itself. However, the real beauty of this book is to marvel at the thought that Troy was destroyed in 1188 BC and that this huge work dates from around the 9th Century BC - and to consider the huge influence that it holds over all modern literature. Calypso, the Oxen of the Sun, Cyclops, Mentor, the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis - are all here together with so much more that is familiar and yet strange. I first read this in order to get the inside edge on James Joyce - but on re-reading got so much more. Like all great works, it improves with age!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape