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This review is from: The Odyssey (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
Having recently become very interested in Greek Mythology but not a huge reader of very long books, which Homer's Odyssey is, I thought this CD might be a more accessible way of 'reading' one of the most important writings of the period, indeed ever. It proved to be much, much more than an easy way of wading through the text - this CD is an absolute joy to listen to. Modern, comical, colloquial phrases have been woven into the fabric of the beautiful poetic language and the commanding delivery by the actors (most notably Tim McInnery as leading man and John Wood as Zeus) is breathtaking. The music and song are also bewitching and together with the actors' performances they captivate the imagination and you become immersed in the story. For all their special effects, film versions of myths pale into insignificance in comparison to this production. Certain scenes such as Odysseus's trip to Hades and the encounter with the Sirens are my own personal highlights, but there are many other memorable moments that will make you smile, or gasp with wonder. I listened to the CD again just a few days after my first listening and will do so again, as there are bits that get missed first time around, when the mind may wander a fraction. Therefore in this sense you do get value for money as, because as well as excellent quality, it can be listened to more than once. I say this because the price nearly put me off buying it... so if you have a strong interest but are dithering because of cost, I suggest you take the risk. I certainly was glad I did...it is fantastic!