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Oedipus Rex

By: Sophocles
Narrated by: Douglas Campbell
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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Full-cast dramatization of Oedipus the King, the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed c. 429 BCE. Featuring Douglas Campbell, Eric House and Robert Goodier.
©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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  • Jackson
  • 05-03-18

Hard to Hear

I read this book for school. The actors did a great job, but the sound quality is horrible!!!

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  • Tad Davis
  • 09-02-11

Haunting and beautiful

This is a mysterious and haunting audio version. It's basically the soundtrack of a stage production that was done in a highly stylized form some 50 years ago: the actors wore masks and spoke in an "elevated" way, sometimes emphasizing the verse (I believe the translation is by W.B. Yeats), sometimes trailing off into a wail of pain. You can almost imagine you're sitting in one of the great stone amphitheaters of ancient Greece. The tone of it takes some getting used to, but if you let it take hold of you, it's compelling and moving. The closing music, for me, sums up the somber, exalted mood of Greek tragedy better than anything else I've heard.

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  • Tate Higgins
  • 03-01-19

Almost perfect

Everything about this audio book is flawless, save for the switching of speakers and characters not being well defined. Listening to this while reading the text is the best way to experience this audio book.

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  • Damaris Wood
  • 28-04-17

Full Cast

Not bad. Individual actors are good. But the chorus of people at once is horrendous.

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  • K
  • 25-05-16

Great reading.

My only complaint would be the constant echo of repeating words in the background. Other than that good listen.

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  • AB
  • 31-03-16

most interesting, most incredible

Beautifully written, performed, and recorded. I literally cannot get enough of this performance. plus it's creepy AF!

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  • Natalyn
  • 27-07-15

Oedipus Rex

The narration was very hard to follow but I still enjoyed the plot!!! Some parts were confusing, and the voices sounded the same

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  • wlthlla
  • 20-05-12

Not a bad story

What did you like best about Oedipus Rex? What did you like least?

The actors did try to spice up their characters. More dramatization for me please.

What other book might you compare Oedipus Rex to and why?

Julius Caesar

Did Douglas Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes, by changing his voice to suit

Do you think Oedipus Rex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. To know how he and his daughters made out.

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  • James
  • 24-11-16

Horrible!!

Does not follow the script. Horrible voices. Way too "Theatrical" in a bad way. Do not recommend