Odyssey: The Story of Odysseus
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: October 2008
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
One of the great masterpieces of Western literature, Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars. Though the stormy, vengeful god of the ocean is determined to keep him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side. With wit, integrity, and bravery, Odysseus must escape the grip of the fearsome Cyclops, resist the deadly seductions of sirens and witches, and traverse the land of the dead to commune with his fallen comrades before returning to his beloved wife, who has waited for him for twenty years. A storehouse of Greek folklore and myth, Homer's epic tale remains as captivating today as it was 2,700 years ago.
Translated by W. H. D. Rouse
"The classic epic tale of Odysseus and his twenty-year effort to return home to Ithaca after the fall of Troy, as he faces one obstacle after another, is told in prose form (as opposed to verse) in this 1937 translation by W. H. D. Rouse. Award winning stage, film, and television actor Anthony Heald does a wonderful job of voicing the many, many characters, making the Rouse version even more accessible. Heald's reading of the descriptions of the feasts, the settings, and even the clothing are incredibly lush and create the backdrop for the story, enabling listeners to picture every detail. He successfully captures the complexity of Odysseus's character - brave, smart, and wily but also a bit full of himself and a masterful teller of tall tales. Heald's reading of this masterpiece will enable listeners from older teens through adults to enjoy this very much. A classic for all ages."-SoundCommentary.com