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Two New Audios Memorialize the Heartbeat of Homer

THE ILIAD. Homer. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Macmillan Audio.

THE ODYSSEY. Homer. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald. Macmillan Audio.

Odyssey

Cover courtesy of MacMillan.

Fitzgerald’s translations are notable for their ability to capture the lyricism of the moment as Homer had heard it when he conceived of The Iliad and The Odyssey: two stories that remain at the forefront of world literature. In turn, these upcoming audio books from Macmillan (featuring the voice of veteran screen and stage actor Dan Stevens) breathe new life into every layer of verse. At once, the listener is thrust into battle alongside Odysseus: suddenly, we can feel feel his pain and pleasure; suddenly, we can taste that sensual tongue of fear writhe against both sides of his heart. More than anything, these recordings are poetry taken to the ultimate edge; more than anything, these recordings mark the power of words and the way that literature transcends the precipice, taking readers to previously unknown places. Back when Homer created these works, books were meant to be read aloud and the voice was meant to be used as the vehicle to elevate a story to heavenly heights. Accordingly, Stevens returns us to the oral traditions of our roots, his genius rendering these old standards vital and proud and new again.

by John Aiello

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This entry was posted on September 15, 2014 by in 2014, In the Spotlight, Rat On Audiobooks, September 2014 and tagged , , , .
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