• The Metamorphoses

  • By: Ovid
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-19-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (345 ratings)

Regular price: $61.60

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $61.60

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. It marked the first attempt to link all of the Homeric and pre-Homeric myths into a single work and to carry the entire chronology into the Roman pantheon. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated. Ovid was probably the most popular of all the Roman poets during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and his verse was the inspiration for countless artistic and literary masterpieces of the time. Shakespeare, Bernini, and Rubens were only a few of those who mined his work to extraordinary effect.
Ovid has left mankind a magnificent achievement, and his sparkling poetry is a tour de force of Homeric and Roman myth. As Ovid himself wrote: "As long as Rome is the eternal city, these lines shall echo from the lips of men."
©2006 Audio Connoisseur
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 02-21-12

Caviar to the general?

A few negative (almost scathing) reviews of this recording gave me pause before I clicked to purchase, but I am so glad I ultimately ignored this (very bad) advice. This recording is a true gem. It is a GORGEOUS translation wonderfully read. I listened to the whole thing through twice in a row, and will surely revisit it soon. But first, onto Mr. Griffin's reading of Horace ... can't wait!

Read More Hide me

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 06-24-07

Excellent Myth Overview

I'm big mythology fan and this poem fit the bill. I loved it so much that I went out and bought the text so I could read along. Ovid has some stunning tales. Many that I already knew, and some intriguing new ones. There is plenty of blood and gore. The only downside might be books 9-11 which can get a bit raunchy. Otherwise, this is a must for any myth buff.

Read More Hide me

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Joachim on 10-26-09

very moving

I would like to defend the narrator: the reading may be somewhat old-fashioned, but the voice is handsome with the appropriate dose of drama, and the speed is just right. I got hooked on it from the start and know I will listen to this recording again and again.

Read More Hide me

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Crocker on 03-30-09

Turgid narration

If ever a narration has strangled the life out of a classic then this is it The quality of reading utterly killed this book and I would strongly advise avoiding this recording or be prepared to be put off classical literature for ever .

Read More Hide me

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-19-16

Excellent narration of a large and complex work

Despite having read the Iliad and the Odyssey many times, I found it sometimes difficult to keep track of the 200 or so characters that you encounter in The Metamorphoses. I will likely read this with notes at hand. However, it does not have the power of Homer

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc