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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this to anyone who loves Greek tragedy, and to anyone forced to read Greek tragedy against your will!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Antigone, voiced by Hayley Atwell. A strong and compassionate woman.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Hayley Atwell's performance was enchanting. She removed all stiffness from the translation and conveyed the emotion of the character.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to each of the plays in one sitting apiece. They are not the kind of stories you binge on - they are the kind you listen to and then digest as you ponder them later.
Any additional comments?
There's a reason Greek tragedy is still relevant almost 2500 years after it was written. This is a great way to introduce yourself to it, and it's also a great way to enjoy it even if you've already read and loved the works in print.
29 of 30 people found this review helpful
this was a very well done work. Worth every penny. highly recommended. if you are looking for a great audio drama look no further.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
I liked the way the play was transfermed in an audio book!!! Great readrs too!!! Thank you for providing it for free!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Each time I read (or in this case listen to) Oedipus The King, it grows more devastating. I read it first as a student some 13 years ago and it moved me then despite my tender age. I tought the play when I became a teacher, and renewing my aquaintance with it again at 32, thanks to this excellent production, I find that it has grown even more powerful. You need age and success on your side to truly understand the dreadful implications of this story of a good but proud man brought to ruin by an inescapable destiny. Anyone interested in Theatre or Literature should get this. you don't need a grounding in Greek mythology to enjoy it as most actions are explained by the characters, but be advised it isn't an easy listen. The production values are good and the acting is for the most part excellent; Johnstone's translation is indeed authoritative, but it it sometimes lacks the pithiness of Robert Fagles' translation. this is made up for by the strength and pathos of the main performers, and the occasional clunkiness of the translation is most apparent in the lines of the chorus; watch out for Jonathan Oliver, something about his voice suits his role in the chorus perfectly. I look forward to listening to the two remaining Theban plays, but I think Oedipus will haunt me forever. I've learned to count no man truly happy until he is dead, and you don't forget lessons like that in a hurry.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful