Gilgamesh: The New Translation

  • by Gerald J. Davis
  • Narrated by John Hanks
  • 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest story that has come down to us through the ages of history. It predates the Bible, The Iliad and The Odyssey. The Epic of Gilgamesh relates the tale of the fifth king of the first dynasty of Uruk (in what is modern-day Iraq), who reigned for 126 years, according to the ancient Sumerian list of kings. Gilgamesh was first inscribed in cuneiform writing on clay tablets by an unknown author during the Sumerian era and has been described as one of the greatest works of literature in the recounting of mankind's unending quest for immortality.

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"Gilgamesh is monumental!" (Rainer Maria Rilke)

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Poetic translation of an epic story

Disclosure: I received this audiobook from the translator in return for an honest review

After reading Gerald Davis's translations of Don Quixote and Beowulf (on audiobook), I was excited to read his new translation: Gilgamesh. Like these other two books, Gilgamesh is an epic story beautifully translated. It's the story of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk (now Iraq), his battle and then friendship with Enkidu, and later his solo quest. Although I generally haven't read the classics since high school and college, translations by Gerald Davis make content lyrical and accessible.

I originally read the Kindle version of this book, and enjoyed it. The audiobook version is even better, with John Hanks' vivid narration. Recommended.
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- Karen

I liked it, a lot

This t translation is my first exposure to this type of literature. It was a wonderful listening experience. The narrative was entertaining, engrossing and worth a relisten.
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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2015
  • Publisher: Gerald J. Davis