The Odyssey


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(4.2 stars; 638 reviews)

The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.

It takes Odysseus ten years to return to his native land of Ithaca after ten years of war; during his 20-year absence, his son Telemachus and his wife Penelope must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have moved into Odysseus' home to compete for Penelope's hand in marriage, since most have assumed that Odysseus has died. The poem is a fundamental text in the Western canon and continues to be read in both Homeric Greek and translations around the world. (Summary from Wikipedia (11 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Book 01 23:06 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Book 02 23:22 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Book 03 25:20 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Book 04 43:39 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
Book 05 27:53 Read by JemmaBlythe
Book 06 22:53 Read by Gesine
Book 07 19:09 Read by Hugh McGuire
Book 08 30:12 Read by ontheroad
Book 09 38:23 Read by Reynard T. Fox
Book 10 37:04 Read by Reynard T. Fox
Book 11 41:14 Read by Robin Cotter
Book 12 30:04 Read by Robin Cotter
Book 13 24:57 Read by JemmaBlythe
Book 14 33:27 Read by David Barnes
Book 15 22:37 Read by Kurt Wong
Book 16 28:18 Read by Robin Cotter
Book 17 31:46 Read by Moira Fogarty
Book 18 22:34 Read by Moira Fogarty
Book 19 30:38 Read by hugh mac
Book 20 22:19 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Book 21 27:05 Read by Chris Hawk
Book 22 30:25 Read by Chris Hawk
Book 23 27:14 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Book 24 38:48 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Reviews

Great piece

(4.5 stars)

Great piece of literature, I'd give full 5 stars if not the narrator of chapter 21 that maid those incredibly irritating voices of characters- some men sound like boys, some like mexican immigrants and other like pirates- I barely listened through it. Also, translation of name Uliseus instead of Odysseus, and Minerva instead of Athena are not so authentic.

great read

(4 stars)

great story. u have to like old style stuff, but as I explained to my nephews... it is full of violence revenge monsters and everything blockbuster movies are made of... just not n modern english. for the most part the readers did a great job. just one really who annoying as it was, pronouced Cyclops incorrectly.

not bad

(3 stars)

Most of the readers did a great job, except (and I mean no disrespect and am hugely thankful for the volunteers' time) Jemma Blythe sounds like she has bronchitis or something...somewhat painful to listen to. I was a little disappointed by the story, mostly just about a guy making terrible decisions and then blaming the repercussions on the 'gods'...still a classic and a must read though!

Pretty good

(3.5 stars)

I thought the readings were good although the last reader said a few words oddly, overall the readings were good. The story itself seems very historical in the way the people thought and acted during that time. It is interesting to see the sense of justice, relative good treatment of slaves and lowerclass and ways the people looked for the answers - answers perhaps from ghosts, the ways birds fly or apperance of a person whether they seemed god like or not. I imagine the world seemed quite different then for these answers to seem so commonplace.

Slick Willy

(2 stars)

Great story. One of the classics but it was marred by a few of the readers, mainly Jemma Blythe. I spent more time trying to figure out what she was saying as opposed to actually paying attention to and engaging with the text. I'm sorry but I had to continue with another source because some of these readers were hard to follow.

(5 stars)

Oberall this was a great listen. However, there was a couple chapters towards the end where the guy who was reading and he is wheezing and he sounds like he's out of breath and as I listened to him I found that I was out of breath LOL. Outside of that and those two chapters where the hardest, this was a great book.!

The Odyssey

(5 stars)

I enjoyed listening to The Odyssey more than I have enjoyed a book since I read The Secret Garden or Tom Sawyer when I was in 4th & 5th grade. I have to admit there were tears in my eyes when Ulysses was reunited with his son...and I was even more moved when his wife finally embraced him! I love the different readers, with their accents and individual pronunciations of each word or name: it makes me feel like I am in a reading roof or a coffee shop passing around a good book for every person to read a chapter aloud. It's truly poetic. I listened to Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome on Librivox just before The Iliad & The Odyssey, which helped tremendously to sort out the Roman translations of the Greek gods and goddesses. It is also a very entertaining "read", so I recommend other Librivox listeners to do so as well. Well done Librivox volunteers!!! Thank you for making my hour-long drives into work well-spent. And thank you for bringing this story to life!

(2.5 stars)

Maybe if I hadn't heard the story in high school I would have enjoyed it more, but it was a very tedious story with lots of silly and inappropriate crying and unnecessary complexity. Wonder how it seemed to people of that culture. Anyway, the reading quality is what really made this one hard to listen to. One lady had a very faint voice, and there was a guy whose dramatic reading sounded like he was giving instructions on how to drive to the corner market. The last guy sounds like he is tapping a pencil. There is also a Norwegian guy who can't pronounce "bow" or the letter v. Maybe pay up to get a nice reading on Audible or Kindle.