Homer's tale of the triumphant Odysseus and his long and treacherous journey home from war sets the stage for an epic audio experience. This abridgment concentrates on the highlights without removing the essential parts of the story. British actor Anton Lesser narrates with clarity and enthusiasm, demonstrating a mastery over Homer's poetic language. He inserts passion and vivacity into a strictly descriptive narrative that has little opportunity for vocal characterization. Lesser sometimes speaks a bit too quickly, hurrying the listener along, but he makes up for this with his strong voice and animated intonation. His grand, confident approach gives the listener an experience reminiscent of the oratory style of the ancient Greeks.
Homer's Odyssey is the thrilling and moving tale of the wanderings of the hero Odysseus after the end of the Trojan war. For ten years he experiences storms, shipwrecks, and seductions as he tries to find a way home to Ithaca, contending with the wrath of Poseidon but protected by Pallas Athena. Meanwhile, his wife Penelope is beset by suitors who believe him dead. To supplement the full text version, check out the SparkNotes Guide for The Odyssey.