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The Odyssey

by Homer,

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Audio NF CDB Homer
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Audio
Call Number  NF CDB Homer
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Open Stacks IN TRANSIT
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Robert Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best loved modern translation of the greatest of all epic poems.

Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey has been the standard translation for more than three generations of students and poets. Macmillan Audio is delighted to publish the first ever audio edition of this classic work, the greatest of all epic poems. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited for audio, recounting the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger reaches the English-language listener in all its glory.

In keeping with the oral tradition of the time, Dan Stevens, whose many celebrated performances include Downton Abbey 's Matthew Crawley, makes this epic tale come alive. The listener becomes totally immersed in the adventure and drama of the story - this is the way The Odyssey was meant to be experienced.

Also included on the program is a portion of the poem read in ancient Greek so that listeners may experience the lyricism and music of the original language.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "British actor Stevens of Downton Abbey fame brings Homer's epic poem to life with this well-executed reading of the classic tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his 10-year journey home. When Odysseus is presumed dead after the Trojan War, his wife, Penelope, is awash with suitors looking to court her and in turn take over the land. While Penelope stalls the persistent suitors, her husband is cursed to wander the seas encountering all manner of mythical beings and even the gods, who all play their part in helping, or mostly hindering, the hero in his quest to find home. Stevens, with a cool, unmannered delivery, brings a modern vocal interpretation to his performance, making this ancient poem engaging to the modern ear and easy to listen to. With his relaxed reading, Stevens proves that this classic poem is definitely not some dry, dusty work of ancient history, but a vibrant exciting story that, like the best tales of adventure, works best when read aloud, as scholars contend it was intended. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux paperback. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Odysseus, -- King of Ithaca (Mythological character) -- Poetry.
Epic poetry, Greek -- Translations into English.
Epic poetry.
Publisher New York :Macmillan Audio,2014
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Odyssey.
Contributors Fitzgerald, Robert, 1910-1985, translator.
Stevens, Dan, 1982- narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Dan Stevens.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 8 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781427229427
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