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The Epic of Gilgamesh

By: Sebastian Lockwood - adaptation
Narrated by: Sebastian Lockwood
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A new version of The Epic of Gilgamesh by Sebastian Lockwood. This is the story of Gilgamesh, King of Kings, who brought back knowledge from before the flood - who loved and lost his companion Enkidu and had to find out why we die.

The Epic of Gilgamesh was written on clay tablets over 4,000 years ago, in what is today Baghdad Iraq - the Biblical Garden of Eden between the Tigris and the Euphrates.

Having performed the story for years, Lockwood gives a passionate reading from a text that faithfully follows the original.

©2012 Sebastian Lockwood (P)2012 Sebastian Lockwood
  • Unabridged Audiobook
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Captain Kirk reads Gilgamesh?

Would you try another book from Sebastian Lockwood (adaptation) and/or Sebastian Lockwood?

If you can imagine a British Shakespearean actor reading The Epic of Gilgamesh as Captain James T. Kirk might read it... then I highly recommend this audio book for you.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself and its ancient history.

What didn’t you like about Sebastian Lockwood’s performance?

His read; an overly dramatic start and stop performance that honestly does sound like William Shatner when he portrayed Captain Kirk on Star Trek.

What character would you cut from The Epic of Gilgamesh?

You can not cut a character from this story - this story is thousands of years old - adding text to the story it bad enough; but you should not cut any of the original text and certainly not cut a character.

Any additional comments?

Authors should do the writing and hire others to do the reading.

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cannot do it

Naration on this book is so monotone, I just could not continue listening to it.

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The story of Adam and eve descent from heaven

Would you listen to The Epic of Gilgamesh again? Why?

it has the origin of Noah flood mythology , it is an amazing piece of human oral history that turned into one of the first written history pieces by one of the first human writings and the root of so many beliefs that are shared in the middle eastern religions

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A Good Lesson in Checking the Reviews

I’m just gonna point you to the “William Shatner” review because it’s spot-on, and I wish I’d read it before buying the book. The cadence of speaking was SO dramatic and meant to direct the listener to the literary devices in the poem (repetition of words and themes, specifically), but I unfortunately found the cadence more grating than useful.

However, I did agree with another reviewer that I truly appreciated the narrator’s omission of silly voices for the female characters, and the actual writing of the story was engaging without being long-winded.

I wouldn’t listen again, but I might scout around for a written copy of this abridged version.

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Scant

The performance is fine, but the omissions kill me. Still worth the $5 if it isn't your only experience with Gilgamesh.

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great adaptation of a legendary tale.

this was a great adaptation of this epic in everyday other than the recording of it. the narrator himself performs fine the recording is terrible. it seems like it is recorded low but with the treble cranked up high. so it hurts you head if you turn the volume up.

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Really Liked The Story And Performance

I have never heard the story of Gilgamesh before. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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An ancient classic worth hearing

I have an in interest in ancient mesopotamian mythology and this really scratched the itch. worth every penny

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great way to hear the most ancient tale

what a great reading and the most perfect way to hear the most ancient tale in human history

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A story meant to be delivered by a story teller

If you want to experience the Epic of Gilgamesh as it was probably experienced (and no doubt LISTENED to) by its early contemporary audience, I would try this reasonably priced version. The epic was no doubt originally a story meant to be told by a story teller just as the Gospel was originally delivered to the earliest of Christians. I thought this piece of performance art was well delivered by the man who actually performs it. Yes, in this case you want the piece performed by the person who wrote it. In no way did he either sound like William Shatner or William Shatner playing Captain Kirk, who I don't recall had an English accent nor did he deliver his lines in the manner of a story teller utilizing the cadence of blank verse. For once I could remember the Epic from beginning to end instead of scratching my head trying to remember what I had read a few pages ago. The piece itself is faithful to the story and the delivery was poetic in the way a bard might have presented his version of an ancient epic to a live audience in a language that had not been dead for thousands of years. One further note, it's always great when a male performer doesn't use a falsetto when delivering words spoken by a female character especially when the character was not a human.

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  • Jack Greenwood
  • 06-05-19

Hamgamesh Epic

I read this Sumerian text 20 years ago at university and this translation of the text seems like a modern interpretation (previous versions have used the words "great flood" and not "tsunami," which is not a direct translation and a reference to the Biblical flood in the story of Noah). There is also a lot of unnecessary descriptive repetition.
This aside Sebastian Lockwood's reading of his own work is an incredibly hammed up like a year 2 primary school teacher almost trying to motivate a class into enjoying the reading through his own enthusiasm.
Avoid like a biblical plague, there are better versions of the Gilgamesh Epic.

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  • Caoimhin Mac
  • 04-12-16

Good introduction

The book is a good introduction to the Sumerian epic, if a little dramatic in presentation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-21

Very annoyingly badly acted version

A ery annoyingly badly acted version, I would
much rather just read if for myself!

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  • Dan Hobson
  • 02-02-21

inspired

so much better to hear than read! Told very well likr a campfire tale! A lot of wisdom in this ancient story!

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  • Natasha Kenney
  • 03-03-22

BIZARRE staccato narration

Only an hour long but I couldn't finish it. The narrator spoke like he was doing a bad Shatner impression the whole way through. I'm sure it's a good story but I couldnt do it