• The Odyssey

  • By: Homer
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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The Odyssey

By: Homer
Narrated by: John Lescault
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In his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclops, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six-headed serpent Scylla.

To supplement the full text, listen to the SparkNotes Guide for The Odyssey.
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Great

I never read the Odyssey in college or anywhere else, and found that it was becoming impossible to get through life without understanding all the references to it. The first time I started the audiobook (on my commute) I gave up and put it away for a while, due to what seemed a flood of unfamiliar names, son of so-and-so, etc. Recently I tried it again and after the first few minutes got quite pulled in. You have to be in the mood, and able to devote full attention since it is different from modern literature, but it is a stellar experience to finally hear this story, and I thought the narrator was excellent--just right for the material. Beautiful literature, beautifully presented.

After this I wanted to hear him read The Iliad too, but now I gather that The Iliad is a lot harder slog than the Odyssey.

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terrible reading

for such an amazing story, the reader ruins it. he sounds like a robot most of the time. couldnt get more than a 3rd of the way through. disappointing...

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