Oedipus Rex (Storr Translation)

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(4.4 stars; 76 reviews)

Oedipus the King (often known by the Latin title Oedipus Rex) is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BC. It was the second of Sophocles's three Theban plays to be produced, but it comes first in the internal chronology, followed by Oedipus at Colonus and then Antigone. Over the centuries, it has come to be regarded by many as the Greek tragedy par excellence. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Oedipus: Andy Minter
Priest of Zeus: Hannah Dowell
Creon: Fr. Richard Zeile
Teiresias: BrianaTheBard
Jocasta: Leni
Messenger: Carolyn Francis
Second Messenger: pipsoul
Herd of Laius: hefyd
Chorus: Musicalheart1
Narrator: Elizabeth Klett

Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett (1 hr 24 min)


Part 1 48:22 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Part 2 36:24 Read by LibriVox Volunteers



(4 stars)

I’m sorry we don’t have the rest of the myth cycle this comes from, because it is well written but fragmentary. This gives it an uneven feel as a story, because we have neither the rising nor falling action. Well, that’s not strictly true: I just haven’t read Oedipus at Colonus or Antigone, which were written later and elaborate the story. Recommended for those interested in the way that plays have evolved over time.

Decent reading, marred by a jarring chorus

(4 stars)

The reading was clear enough save for the chorus: the special effects unfortunately detracted from (rather than adding to) one's ability to enjoy the text. I found myself moving between reading the text on Project Gutenberg and listening to the recording. That said, thank you for the effort and I will be continuing onto the rest of the plays on LibriVox!

well written

(4 stars)

This is such a true tragedy. I cannot understand what a man like Oedipus would have to go through... can't put myself in his shoes, Creon proved to be a worthy Cousin/Uncle who still was willing to help his Friend/Nephew who wanted nothing but abandonment. I'm a mere human to speak about such a beautiful tragedy. I tip my hat off to Sophocles 🥺

Mostly Good

(3 stars)

The effect used on the voices is really distracting. It is a shame becuase everyone does a good job.

good book well read

(5 stars)

Yeah, the effect kind of sucks, but come on, this is a good production

mostly ok needs to be re done

(3 stars)

chorus mechanical voice needs change out

dramatic and sad ; his fate was predetermined and all was lost

(4 stars)

(4 stars)

Better than I remembered. The readers weren’t that great