• Metamorphoses

  • By: Ovid
  • Narrated by: Barry Kraft
  • Length: 30 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-14-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (47 ratings)

Regular price: $25.17

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Publisher's Summary

Ovid's sensuous and witty poem brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often as a result of love or lust, in which men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best known myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome, including Daedalus and Icarus, Pyramus and Thisbe, Pygmalion, Perseus and Andromeda, and the fall of Troy. Mortals become gods, animals turn to stone, and humans change into flowers, trees, or stars. First published in A.D. 8, Ovid's Metamorphoses remains one of the most accessible and inspirational introductions to Greek mythology.
Translated by Frank Justus Miller.
(P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-14-08

Plagued by flaw in audio-book format

This is a potentially wonderful work that doesn't succeed because of problems inherent in the audio format which hit this work particularly hard. If I were to go into the audio-book publishing business, I would be much more attentive to chapter/section breaks, even if it means departing from the precise way it's done in the written work.

I can tell that the translation and narration here are fine based on the way I'm captivated by the first episode in each of Ovid's "Books." Really. . . this material is absolutely riveting, a wonderful listen. I also notice that by the end of the Book, I'm barely awake and pretty sure I did doze off at points in the interim.

One-hour-plus of un-broken narration does not work, not for Metamorphosis, and probably not for any audio book.

We need meaningful breaks (silence, audio-book music, place markers that would show in an iPod, etc.) after every episode, not after every book. I don't care whether Ovid demarcated it that way. I don't care if ancient audiences heard all-the-way-through oral recitations. These audio-books are geared for modern audiences and if the format is to flourish, publishers need to get out of auto-pilot mode (where they passively mimic written text) and really think about user experience.

It's probably harsh to pin all this on a review of Metamorphosis. I've seen it throughout audio. If I’d have figured out how to articulate it earlier, I'd have wrote this for Iliad, Odyssey or Aneid. But this is the piece where I realized why I wasn't enjoying the work as much as I could have.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 07-07-18

You had better pay attention!

This book is a classic which has stood the test of time. It has most of the famous Greek myths and they are told in very entertaining ways in poetic language. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Greek or Roman mythology. However, this is not a book you can listen do while doing something else. I have found that if my attention wavers for just a few seconds, I might miss something important, such as what is going on in the story, or who is speaking and to whom he or she is speaking. I have found I enjoy it a lot more if I listen to it in small doses, ten minutes at a time throughout the day, rather than all at once. Classics were meant to be read out loud, and there are things you pick up when you hear the story verbalized that you might miss if you are reading it silently. But audiences in Ovid's time were already familiar with the stories he is writing about, which modern audiences are probably less familiar. For that reason, I would recommend getting a print copy, read each book carefully, and then listen to the audio. That way, you will know what is going on in the story, and you won't have to rewind the audio whenever you miss something, which greatly diminishes the enjoyment.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-08-17


A pivotal work and understandably so. Every line oozes with that famous Ovidian wit and Charm.

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