Format: Compact disc
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Read by Sir Ian McKellen
Translated by Robert Fagles
Introduction by Bernard Knox
Unabridged, 11 cds, 13 hours. Now digitally remastered and on CD for the first time.
From the Publisher
If the Lliad is the world’s greatest war epic, then the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of Everyman’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces, during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.
In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer’s original in a bold, contemporary idiom and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery.
Robert Fagles is Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, the 2006 National Humanities Medal, and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, to which he as been elected.
Sir Ian McKellen is among the most highly acclaimed actors in the English-speaking world. His appearances onstage, on screen and television have been numerous. He recently starred as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Fellowship of The Ring.