• Oedipus the King

  • By: Sophocles
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-10-2000
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

Publisher's Summary

In the hands of Sophocles, the master dramatist, the anguished tale of a man fated to kill his father and marry his mother retains its power to shock and move beyond any Freudian reference. In this new translation, performed by an outstanding cast led by Michael Sheen, the searing inevitability facing Oedipus proves as shocking as it was 2,500 years ago when it was first presented in the theatre at Athens. Translated by Duncan Steen.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1999 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 01-01-2005

Crackles with Fire

This is a mesmerizing production. The actors are clearly understood and they pull you into the action by their enthusiastic and precise performance. A nice soundtrack adds to the atmosphere. One of the great works of western man...beautifully presented. Highly recommended.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Vanessa B. Lund on 17-01-2013

Great Production...Questionable Translation

Would you try another book from Sophocles and/or Michael Sheen and full cast ?


What do you think your next listen will be?

Oedipus At Colonus which is not available from Audible. After that I'll be listening to The Aeneid by Virgil using Audible's version of the Fagles translation.

What does Michael Sheen and full cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performance is very well done and moves along at a goodly pace with the appropriate emotional responses reflected by all actors. The characterization of Creon is a slightly weaker than the others but really doesn't detract from the overall production.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Consistent with Aristotle's critique of tragedy, Sophocles' writing most definitely evokes pity and fear. It also encourages a number of deep questions, philosophical and theological.

Any additional comments?

While the performance was superb, I struggled with the translation. I had a difficult time finding out who the translator was for this version. Audible could not help me so I purchased it hoping it was Storr, Plumetre, or Young. I couldn't match this with ANY of my versions so contacted Naxos books. The translator is Duncan Steen and, given what I now know, I would never have purchased this book because the translation is not classical and is modernized in what I consider to be a non-scholarly manner. Too many idioms and expressions that modern audiences relate to but Sophocles probably never intended. This made the production too crude for me, despite the obvious skill of the performers. Hopefully someone will produce Fagles' translation with an equally talented cast and we'll have a truly great work!!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Alii on 03-01-2016

Irritated and annoyed

Extremely annoyed. I bought this to read along with my text (Oedipus the King) but the texts do not match up. They're completely different. Complete waste of money.

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