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The Epic of Gilgamesh

Narrated by: Sebastian Lockwood
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Categories: Classics, Poetry
3.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Summary

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

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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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Good introduction

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-18

cannot do it

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

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  • TAGSfan
  • 07-10-13

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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  • Sarah H
  • 12-08-19

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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  • Jonathan
  • 18-04-19

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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  • Dan
  • 14-02-19

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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  • Tinadragonfly
  • 02-02-19

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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  • Jeff
  • 26-01-19

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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  • Jack Frasier
  • 08-01-19

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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  • Melissa- Evansville, IN
  • 15-02-18

considered one of the greats <br /><br /><br />

this is considered a great story by many, and has alot of religon imbedded into it. i found it repetitive by todays standards and required alot of more research to understand... the narrator was decent though

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  • manaf
  • 01-02-15

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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