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Even more captivating than its sister saga "Iliad" this translation and performance succeeds brilliantly in bringing a historic classic alive for the modern listener/reader. The images are vibrant, the saga captivates. Absolutely a fabulous listen - it is as if you are sitting around a fire as the storyteller takes you on a journey!
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I have many translations of Homer ...Fitzgerald, Fagles etc ... and have begun them all. Finished none. Something always bothered me. Finally realizing they seemed "contrived". Reading them also seemed ... wrong. Homer was spoken ...even performed. Yes it's all been said but ... I speaking Italian fluently and realize translating Italian poetry to English in the same meter with forced rhymes (English famously not as Poetic as Italian or Greek) is iffy at best. I am also a writer of poetry, music and musician. With Stanley Lombardo it sounds "natural." Unforced. And ...most importantly, natural, understandable and entertaining which were and are the first principles of any entertainer. With which Homer was certainly most concerned. Closing my eyes ...with a "wine dark glass with cut apples and pears" soaking in it and a good cigar) outside. THIS is as close to imagining Homer reciting. This is how life should be lived.
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It makes no sense of writing about Odissey - probably one of the most thoroughly analyzed books (I must recommend Pietro Citati's wonderful book on Odissey) - but I think it is very important to say something about the audiobook experience of it.
As an admirer of Susan Sarandon's "persona", I was first drawn to buying the title for her endorsement of this project. I must say that, in the beginning, I was a little disappointed to realize that her role is limited to the reading of introductory sinopsis of each chapter and that the bulk of Homer's actual text is narrated by Stanley Lombardo. But, gradually, I became more and more dazzled by Mr. Lombardo's breathtaking enactment of Odisseus great journey. The weight and scope of the great speeches of the book is totally matched by the narrator, introducing subtle intonations to each character but never loosing the "real feel" of the meaning of what's being said to the one who is saying it. The voice of Odysseus resounds in my head while I'm writing this review...
As for the translation, though english is not my native language, I compared with other translations in other languages and this is second to none.
I've listen to the book while traveling to work by bus, and I must say it was a great experience. The audiobook really brings out the adventurous character of the story and it is really great to hear the first "roadbook" ever written while on the road.
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I was mostly using this for revision. having read the odyssey with a different translation, I have to say I wasn't a massive fan of this one. also personally I found the American accents slightly jarring, especially when words were pronounced wrong. there were also a few moments when the emphasis and tone of certain scenes made it quite clear that the narrator didn't have the greatest knowledge about what he was reading. however it was fine for me overall to revise from and I liked the short summary of each book given at the beginning of each chapter.