Free - The Oedipus Plays: An Audible Original Drama at Audible (Members)
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Free - The Oedipus Plays: An Audible Original Drama at Audible (Members)

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Edited by:"Clarkee"Found 23rd Sep 2017
The three Theban plays by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate - to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

These three plays were written around 450 BC, with the playwright following the established convention of presenting the story through main characters but using a chorus - sometimes one voice, sometimes more - as an independent commentator that also occasionally participates in the drama. When the audiences of ancient Athens went to the amphitheatres to see the plays, they would have known the basic story of poor Oedipus.

Nevertheless, the power of Sophocles' retelling made the Theban plays deeply horrifying and affecting - and this is still true now, some 2,500 years later. There is also a strong contemporary resonance for us, for in the 20th century the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud famously adopted the story to illustrate his Oedipus complex, which, he argued, was a condition of the unconscious mind in boys - that they want to sleep with their mothers. It is interesting that through the character of the queen, Jocasta, in Oedipus the King, Sophocles states this unequivocally.

Oedipus the King is well known. The other two are less so: Oedipus at Colonus, which deals with his last days, and Antigone, which casts the spotlight on his daughter, who, as part of the accursed blood line, chooses to act in a way she believes is right, whatever the consequences. Yet they are equally powerful and moving.

This audio production, with Jamie Glover as Oedipus and Hayley Atwell as his daughter, Antigone, is a world premiere audio recording of all three plays.

With the authoritative but modern translation by Ian Johnston, specially commissioned new music from the English composer Roger Marsh, and a cast of outstanding actors, this Audible Original presentation of Sophocles' Theban plays will be listened to not once but many times.


What the Critics Say

"This outstanding full cast, and Roger Marsh's original music, serves Ian Johnston's vigorous verse translation of Sophocles very well. None of the actors can be singled out; they're all marvelous at combining the original declamatory tradition with modern ideas about portraying character and emotion. The result is a moving dramatic experience that is enhanced by, but does not require, a background in the classics. This is a first-rate example not only of why the classics endure, but also of what can be done with the medium of audio." (AudioFile magazine)

"The casting is first rate, as are Ian Johnston's strong, simple lines and the startlingly effective music." (The Times)
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Love free audible
Picked up this for my dad, cheers.
Thanks Clarkee

Looking forward to listening to this!
Heat, thanks
I emailed Audible asking if I joined were the books mine to keep, I'm still waiting on a response (I now know the answer.) If customer service is like that then I've no intention of joining.

Not actually free as there's a monthly subscription to pay but I suppose of benefit to anyone already using the service so not voting either way.

I'll stick to podcasts, thanks.
great find
Nice
Pretty impressive, I really enjoyed it
Just for members? Mother f...
Heat. Good spot
Many Thanks ... Heat


btw Kindle Version is Free Here

amazon.co.uk/Oed…les



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Edited by: "Boz" 23rd Sep 2017
Thank you.

As to some of the other posts, I've managed to get free audible books without having to pay for monthly membership.

I can't remember but I'm guessing its free to join (or you have to link your amazon account to it?) but its still classed as a purchase even if its £0.00 so should be yours to keep.
This is the one where he wants to do his mum. The Doors did a good song about this called The End. You have been educated today. Not sure you even need to read the book now.
The mother xxxxxx of all deals
GlentoranMark22 h, 34 m ago

I emailed Audible asking if I joined were the books mine to keep, I'm …I emailed Audible asking if I joined were the books mine to keep, I'm still waiting on a response (I now know the answer.) If customer service is like that then I've no intention of joining. Not actually free as there's a monthly subscription to pay but I suppose of benefit to anyone already using the service so not voting either way. I'll stick to podcasts, thanks.


I do slightly mean to be a bit of a jerk, but questions that are trivially answered with minimal effort are the bane of customer service and cost everybody time and money.

I can think of any number of ways to find out, including the first result when Googling the question.
Edited by: "EndemicAlarm" 24th Sep 2017
EndemicAlarm57 m ago

I do slightly mean to be a bit of a jerk, but questions that are trivially …I do slightly mean to be a bit of a jerk, but questions that are trivially answered with minimal effort are the bane of customer service and cost everybody time and money.I can think of any number of ways to find out, including the first result when Googling the question.



This was 3-4 years ago and no the question wasn't answered on Google or if it was I couldn't find an answer. Failure to answer has cost the company a monthly subscription from me so your quote of costing the company time and money has no logic. I listen to over 20 podcasts a week and I love audiobooks so I'd be one of those customers that Audible would want to attract. Trivial or not it deserved a reply.

Paypal have done the same to me over a much more serious breach of security question I had. Result is I won't use the service.

If companies are that shoddy then they don't deserve my custom. Their loss, I'll just add another podcast to my list.
GlentoranMark23rd Sep

Not actually free as there's a monthly subscription to pay but I suppose …Not actually free as there's a monthly subscription to pay but I suppose of benefit to anyone already using the service so not voting either way. I'll stick to podcasts, thanks.


I managed to get it for free & I don't pay a monthly subscription. Just try Audible for free, you can always cancel before your free trial ends. You get to keep any item you got during your membership, plus you can always use the account details for any future freebies even though you are not in a paid membership.
Erinath12 m ago

I managed to get it for free & I don't pay a monthly subscription. Just …I managed to get it for free & I don't pay a monthly subscription. Just try Audible for free, you can always cancel before your free trial ends. You get to keep any item you got during your membership, plus you can always use the account details for any future freebies even though you are not in a paid membership.


I might just do that. I've done a bit of research thanks to this thread and I may just abuse the company. "Are Audible books mine to keep" is easily searcheable now but I distinctly remember it was hard to find when I first needed an answer (hence my email).

I see a 3 month trial which = 3 free books. I've 2 audiobooks in mind, now need a 3rd choice.
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