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    • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • Written by: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
    • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
    • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    Price: CDN$ 25.36

    • The Odyssey

    • Written by: Homer, Emily Wilson - translator
    • Narrated by: Claire Danes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version - the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman - this stirring tale of shipwrecks, monsters, and magic comes alive in an entirely new way. Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, this engrossing translation matches the number of lines in the Greek original, thus striding at Homer’s sprightly pace.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By RONY ISLAM on 2018-12-23

    Price: CDN$ 56.33

    • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • Written by: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    Price: CDN$ 82.80

    • The Divine Comedy

    • Written by: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not the Original book !

    • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-18

    Price: CDN$ 75.27

    • The Iliad

    • Written by: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful, and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Well Done

    • By Hmackdad on 2019-01-10

    Price: CDN$ 50.07

    • Beowulf

    • Written by: Seamus Heaney (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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    Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.

    Price: CDN$ 23.14

    • The Kalevala

    • Written by: Elias Lönnrot, Keith Bosley (translator)
    • Narrated by: Keith Bosley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The Kalevala provides a compelling insight into the myths and folklore of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century, this impressive volume follows a tradition of oral storytelling that goes back some 2000 years, and it is often compared to such epic poems as Homer's Odyssey. However, The Kalevala has little in common with the culture of its Nordic neighbors: It is primarily poetic, it is mythical rather than historic, and its heroes solve their problems with magic more often than violence.

    Price: CDN$ 30.99

    • The Iliad

    • Written by: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    In this brilliant translation, Robert Fagles brings the vigor of contemporary language to Homer's 2,700-year-old tale. The result, the winner of the 1991 Academy of American Poets Landon Translation Award, is a wonderfully accessible Iliad that preserves every nuance of Homer's genius. The story begins when Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy, carries off the beautiful Helen, thereby precipitating the bitter Trojan War. The Achaean princes attack Troy in order to recover Helen. This great epic poem, attributed to Homer, deals also with the anger of the hero, Achilles....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good reading

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-08-16

    Price: CDN$ 35.03

    • Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

    • Written by: Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
    • Narrated by: Heathcote Williams
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    "Abandon all hope you who enter here." ( "Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • worth the hype

    • By hussam on 2018-03-06

    Price: CDN$ 18.74

    • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • Written by: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: Brian Kelly
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. "The Importance of Being Earnest" is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.

    Price: CDN$ 1.18

    • Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    • Written by: Arnold Weinstein, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Arnold Weinstein
    • Length: 32 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The major texts of Western culture are a gateway to wisdom that can widen your views on self and society in enduring ways. And now you can examine its most important works - whether drama, poetry, or narrative - in this series of 64 penetrating lectures that reveal astonishing common ground.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great if you like to learn very in depth

    • By Travis Dean on 2019-03-13

    Price: CDN$ 80.58

    • The Aeneid

    • Written by: Virgil
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    Price: CDN$ 81.51

    • Inferno

    • Written by: Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
    • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    The Inferno is the first part of The Divine Comedy, Dante’s epic poem describing man's progress from hell to paradise. In it, the author is lost in dark woods, threatened by wild beasts and unable to find the right path to salvation. Notable for its nine circles of hell, the poem vividly illustrates the poetic justice of punishments faced by earthly sinners. The Inferno is perhaps the most popular of the three books of The Divine Comedy, which is widely considered the preeminent work in Italian literature. 

    Price: CDN$ 18.74

    • The Odyssey

    • Written by: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Reading & Story - good. Recording quality-lacking.

    • By Amazon Customer on 2018-09-28

    Price: CDN$ 40.04

    • The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition

    • Written by: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, Coleman Barks - translator, John Moyne - translator, and others
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems. Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of listeners, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of 13th-century Sufi mystic Rumi more popular than ever. 

    Price: CDN$ 30.67

    • The Odyssey

    • Written by: Homer, A. T. Murray - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Odyssey is the greatest adventure story ever written, and one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature For almost 3,000 years, it has been a storehouse of ancient Greek folklore and myth. It is also our very first novel, if we think of it in terms of romantic plot development, realistic characterizations, frequent change of scene, and heroic dramatic devices.

    Price: CDN$ 81.51

    • The Faerie Queene

    • Written by: Edmund Spenser
    • Narrated by: David Timson
    • Length: 33 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This remarkable poem, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I, was Spenser's finest achievement. The first epic poem in modern English, The Faerie Queene combines dramatic narratives of chivalrous adventure with exquisite and picturesque episodes of pageantry. At the same time, Spenser is expounding a deeply-felt allegory of the eternal struggle between Truth and Error....

    Price: CDN$ 55.56

    • Beowulf

    • Written by: Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Price: CDN$ 23.10

    • Realms of Gold

    • Written by: John Keats
    • Narrated by: Samuel West, Matthew Marsh
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    John Keats' letters paint an unforgettably vivid and moving picture of the richly productive but also tragic final years of the poet's life. As he ponders on the nature of the writer's craft, he must first confront his brother's death from tuberculosis and then the imminent prospect of his own, tormented by the fear that he will not live to consummate his relationship with Fanny Brawne.

    Price: CDN$ 14.81

    • The Divine Comedy: Inferno

    • Written by: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The most famous of the three canticles that compose The Divine Comedy, "Inferno" describes Dante's descent into Hell midway through his life, with Virgil as a guide. As he descends through nine concentric circles of increasingly agonizing torture, Dante encounters doomed souls that include the pagan Aeneas, the liar Odysseus, the suicidal Cleopatra, and his own political enemies, damned for their deceit.

    Price: CDN$ 30.55

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