The Iliad & Odyssey interview - Entertainment Weekly

The Iliad & Odyssey interview - Entertainment Weekly

A brief interview with Dan about his latest audio recording of The Iliad and The Odyssey, has been shared by Entertainment Weekly. 

"This is one of the most challenging audiobooks I've done in terms of length and scope," he admits. "But I really enjoy it as an exercise in reading and exploring literature." Stevens — a Cambridge grad who judged fiction for the 2012 Man Booker Prize — hopes his passion for Homer will change how other people experience the works. "When you read them on your own, they're kind of impenetrable," he says. "But as soon as you hear them aloud, they make sense." That's because "you're seeing that battlefield in your mind as I'm reading it," he explains. "I project what I see of that battlefield and those rivers and whatever seas Odysseus has to sail, but you will create that in your mind, and that's a beautiful thing."

Another great review for The Guest has been shared on this website.

And did I mention Dan Stevens? Because Holy B. God, is he ever a hoot. He gives one of those iconic badass performances—like Patrick Swayze in Road House—that’s all arched eyebrows, plastered smiles, smoky gazes, and cool dialogue delivered laconically. (Sample: “Burn their houses down with their families inside. What’s the worst they could do?”)

Dan shared this photo on Instagram, and alerted us to the latest issue of The Junket, which is out now!


Audio narrations include portion in ANCIENT GREEK!

Dan Stevens is getting such great reviews for "The Guest," and I think he will also be winning awards for his upcoming narrations of the Iliad and Odyssey! Here is feature in: Broadway World

English stage and screen actor Dan Stevens has narrated a new and exciting production of the Fitzgerald translation of The Iliad and The Odyssey for Macmillan Audio. The new programs will go on sale on September 16, 2014.

Robert Fitzgerald's translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey are the best-loved modern translations of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey has sold more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three generations of students and poets. Of the many translations published since World War II, only Fitzgerald's has won admiration as a great poem in English.

Macmillan Audio is delighted to publish the new audio editions of these classic works. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited to the story of Odysseus' battle epic and long journey back to his wife and home, and the melodious narration of the incomparable Dan Stevens succeeds in further electrifying the story. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure, and mortal danger is brought to life for English speakers with this perfect combination of translation and reader.

The Iliad and The Odyssey are part of an oral tradition, and although people have been reading them for centuries in written form, audio is actually the original method through which to enjoy these works. In a clear, controlled, and authoritative voice, Dan Stevens brings listeners back to the original method through which Homer's stories were meant to be absorbed. His narration makes these complex and intricate verses easy for students to comprehend, making them ideal for inclusion in classroom curriculums and study-guides. Each audiobook also includes a portion of the poem read in the ancient Greek so that listeners may experience the lyricism and music of the original language. The programs will be available wherever audiobooks are sold in stores and online.

Dan Steven stars in the upcoming theatrical releases The Guest, A Walk Among The Tombstones, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum III. Television credits include Downton Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Dracula, and Frankenstein.Theater Credits include The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia in the West End. Previous audiobook narrations include And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express. Stevens was also part of the Judging Panel for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, has contributed a regular column to The Sunday Telegraph, and is the Editor-at-Large for The Junket, an online literary quarterly. He resides in New York.

SO exciting

This is all very exciting....I'm thrilled about the new films, including The Guest, always pleased to read The Junket and very eager to hear Dan reading The Iliad & The Odyssey to me. I regret that reading Homer myself was not something that I ever did manage to accomplish!

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