The Odyssey


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(4.3 stars; 710 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

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!

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.

most of the narrators are good

(5 stars)

I would give it 4 or more stars but one of the female narrators has a voice that is positively painful to listen to... a rough, cracked voice with poor inflection. No offense, just not a good narrator.

(3 stars)

great story but man I have to agree with every one else about the one narrator's voice. it makes me want to rip my own ears off. but I am thankful for her volunteering but.... ouch.

I love this book

(5 stars)

I was captivated when I first read this poem and now I have used much of what I've learned in this poem. God tells us to buy knowledge and to not sell it, so I thank you for not selling this to me.

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.

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.