The Odyssey

Version: Unabridged
Author: Homer
Narrator: Ian McKellen
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics, Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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"Tell me, muse, of theman of many ways, who was driven far journeys, after he had sacked troy'ssacred citadel." The Odyssey stands alone among the achievements ofWestern civilization as possibly the first, the most influential, and perhapsthe greatest work of literature ever recorded.
Conceived as an oral epic by the blind poet, Homer, in the 8th century B.C.E., The Odyssey is the tale of one man's incredible courage, strength, andperseveranceagainst all odds. Returning victorious from the decade-long Trojan War, the heroic Odysseus must overcome angry gods, the dangers of wild andinhospitablelands, and his own stubborn pride if he is ever to see his wife and sonagain.
Rich in detail and filled with humor, symbolism, and timeless reflectionson the human condition, The Odyssey is poetry that demands to be read aloudand cherished forever.
Contents: Book IX: The sacking of the Kikonians, The Lotus Eaters, TheCyclops and Polyphemos, The escape of Polyphemos
Book X: Aiolos and the bag of winds, Circe's island
Book XI: The land of the dead
Book XII: Skylla and Charybdis, The Sirens, the slaughteringof the cattle of Helios, Odysseus' escape to Kalypso's island
Selections from Books IX, X, XI, and XII
Anthony Quayle was one of Britain's most gifted and versatile actors.

Reviews (3)

Written by Anonymous on September 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

As Adam Nicolson of The Mighty Dead, Why Homer Matters wrote (by the way, another fantastic audiobook), “ You don’t acquire Homer, Homer acquires you.” Wonderful, rollicking, inventive narrative of human strife, hard won glory and pathos, and despite the presence of gods and goddesses, mythical beasts like Cyclops and Scilla, still manages to be relevant today in its observation, with great understanding and empathy, of flawed humanity. Read by the great actor with warmth and richness, this audiobook is a treat.

Written by Anonymous on November 27th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing story, as Odysseus symbolizes the ideal man, which holds true even to this modern age

Written by nick love on December 26th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

an important book that every american and everyone who wants to understand america must read. it's deeply moving and inspiring . you can't help but see with bigger eyes when you've finished it.

Author Details

Author Details

, Homer

Amongst his previous publications are: Homer (Past Masters, OUP, 1980), Homer on Life and Death (OUP, 1980), Virgil (past Masters, OUP, 1986), co-editor with Murray and Boardman of The Oxford History of the Classical World (OUP, 1986), Homer: The Odyssey (CUP, 1987).