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Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy Audiobook

Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

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Publisher's Summary

The Iliad and The Odyssey are retold in a glorious saga of courage and magical adventure. Written in a manner that will delight both young and old, this is a great way to learn the immortal epics of Homer.

©, (P)2002 Commuter's Library

What the Critics Say

"Colum's stirring telling of the Greek epics is still unequaled as an introduction to the classic myths for young readers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    DoodleHead 10/11/2015
    DoodleHead 10/11/2015

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    "not recommend"

    For the life of me I can't understand why the author n ended to write this in such archaic language. We don't speak like that and neither did the ancient Greeks. My son, who is 8, and I found it most distracting.
    Why are Penelope's suitors called wooers? And so many other jarring idiosyncrasies made listening to this audiobook more of a penance than a pleasure.
    Sean Pratt's reading borders on the monotone. His inconsistent pronunciation of names made us look at each other in frustration.
    I would definitely not recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 21/05/2015
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    "Great story - narration a disappointment."

    i like Padraic Colum's style, and would certainly listen to and read more of his work. Pratt's narration, however, was so mournful and soporific that much of the excitement of the scenes he was describing just got lost. Odysseus came across as...well, lacking motivation, and a bit of a wimp, which is hardly the effect that Colum was going for! Pratt has a beautiful, articulate reading manner, but to me it didn't suit the fire and movement of the subject matter.

    All that said, this is a thorough exploration of the travels of Odysseus, and will help unknot the background surrounding the woes of Troy. If you can get past the reader, you'll enjoy this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emanuel
    Chippendale NSW, N/A, Australia
    16/12/03
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    "Beutifully and thoroughly Narrated"

    Inspires you to read the original in its wonderful poetic splendour. I was amazingly surprised at the Odyssey. I loved it. So much more than the Iliad! Worth your while!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Marius
    Irene, South Africa
    21/04/04
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    "Honey, Im home!"

    Honey, I'm home - twenty years late! Adventure, love, war, one-eyed giants, wrathful gods, sultry sirens and a rather roundabout journey back home to the wife. The question is, did the fair Penelope believe his excuse that the traffic was a little heavy on the way home? An epic tale, never boring, very well read, with a wonderful flow and rhythm of language. It's a 2700 year-old precursor to the Lord of the Rings, the Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy and Alice in Wonderland. What our great-great-great (etc) grandparents listened round communal hearths, instead of watching reality shows and soap operas. Audio quality (at level 4) is excellent.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Laurel, United States Minor Outlying Islands
    13/01/09
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    "Spell binding!"

    This is wonderfully written, following closely to the original but in a way that is immediate and fresh. The characters seem real and their motivations and thoughts are understandable, though sometimes tragic. I found I really cared about what happened to them and the choices they made. It is beautifully read and a spell binding story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • M. Akin
    06/08/04
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    "Nice Learning Tool"

    This is great way to start learing about athe ancient Greek legends. If you aren't up to tackling "The Odyssey" or "The Iliad", this is a great way to find out the basics of the stories.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jose
    Miami, FL, USA
    25/05/04
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    "Great book, very well written and read"

    I enjoyed it very much. The way the book is written and read keeps you interested in the book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Luis
    Miami, Fl, United States
    15/02/09
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    "OK..but was hoping for more modern writing."

    OK..but was hoping for more modern writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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