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Publisher's Summary

Judith Anderson and Anthony Quayle perform Medea, an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides. It is based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC.

The plot centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for another woman.

©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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What did you like best about Medea? What did you like least?

I liked the story itself and having different voices perform each character. The worst part of this was the music is loud and over powers the speech sometimes, which makes listening difficult, the last 10 mins started giving me a headache. Also the voices sometimes dropped too low. Overall not bad, but could have been much better for what it is, a voice recording created specifically so one does not have to read the book. Also a narrator would have been nice explaining the movement of characters, etc, since this is a play but was not watching it.

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Great acting, terrible recording quality.

Could have been phenomenal. Still well worth listening to. Some parts had pretty muddy audio.

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Bad quality with over acting

A classic play that was over powered by sharp, loud music and bad acting. Medea sounded as though she were 70 years old and the chorus was barely audible. It was unfortunately the only English version that wasn't part of a collection. Over all, other than the story, it's not worth spending credits or money.

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yes it was because I had to read it for class and it helped me get it done quickly in one sitting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Medea because she is interesting and raises a lot of questions about monstrosity and passion.

Would you be willing to try another one of Judith Anderson and Anthony Quayle ’s performances?

I don't think so. The volume of their voices changed way too often. Some points I couldn't even hear the chorus and then the next person would talk and it would be very loud. I had to adjust the volume often. also the music was unnecessary and also added hearing difficulty.

Did Medea inspire you to do anything?

it inspired my statements of discussion for my class

Any additional comments?

I wish the stage directions would have been read as well. The narrators did a good job of changing their voices for the different people.

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Madea by Euripides

i really enjoyed listening to this story the narrators were very good and i was able to follow along with the readings

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Terrible sound mixing!

Good story and well acted however The sound went in and out on some voices.

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great performance by readers

this is a timeless story of great authorship. the voice actors for this book, especially the woman who plays medea were superb.

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EXCITING!

I hate reading books for school however the voice actors were amazing and I loved the music. Very dark story but very thrilling!

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It's not bad. However in the beginning the volume is inconsistent. In the beginning I found myself constantly turning it all the way up then down then back up again.

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Great performance but hard to hear at parts

Title says it all, its still worth it if you can get a really quiet room.

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  • Philip
  • 01-19-11

so so

Full marks to the suppliers for trying- we don't have nearly enough classic drama avaiable on Audible, but this is pretty old and more care should have been taken in the remastering- if it ever was remastered.

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  • Amanda Chijioke
  • 02-03-20

sound quality unlistenable

Volume on full and could still barely hear a word. I tried adjusting via my equaliser but nothing helped. Waste of money.

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  • Nadia A.
  • 11-30-19

Riveting, excellent performance.

I was glued to my seat listening to such a commanding performance. Bravo to all involved.

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  • Gary Goodall
  • 04-12-20

Well

The performance is probably excellent but it does not match the book I am reading. I am silly, I should have listened to the sample first but trusted in audible's usual spot on assessment of the texts. I listen as I read so I can get the full effect of the text (I have an auditory processing delay so it helps to listen as I read along). Live and learn, I will listen to the sample before I purchase next time.

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