Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus

By Homer
Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
Read by Anthony Heald

11.47 Hours 10/01/2008 unabridged
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One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years. A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer’s epic tale remains as captivating today as it was 2,700 years ago.

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One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years. A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer’s epic tale remains as captivating today as it was 2,700 years ago.

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Editorial Reviews

“Odyssey is undoubtedly the most popular epic of Western culture.” Masterpieces of World Literature
“The Odyssey has lots of strange characters, lots of bloodshed, and a true superhero trying to get back home to a virtuous wife. What’s not to like?”  Audiofile
“The classic epic tale of Odysseus and his twenty-year effort to return home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy, as he faces one obstacle after another, is told in prose form (as opposed to verse) in this 1937 translation by W. H. D. Rouse. Award winning stage, film, and television actor Anthony Heald does a wonderful job of voicing the many, many characters, making the Rouse version even more accessible. Heald’s reading of the descriptions of the feasts, the settings, and even the clothing are incredibly lush and create the backdrop for the story, enabling listeners to picture every detail. He successfully captures the complexity of Odysseus’ character—brave, smart, and wily but also a bit full of himself and a masterful teller of tall tales. Heald’s reading of this masterpiece will enable listeners from older teens through adults to enjoy this very much. A classic for all ages.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author Bio: Homer

Homer (9th or 8th century BC) is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two greatest epic poems of ancient Greece. Virtually nothing is known about his life. Tradition has it that he was blind. Most scholars believe he composed the Iliad and the Odyssey by relying on oral traditions. Their value lies chiefly in the poetry itself, moving from sublime passages about the gods and heroic exploits to passages expressing deep human emotion.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 11.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English