Medea


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 39 reviews)

Euripides' tragedy focuses on the disintegration of the relationship between Jason, the hero who captured the Golden Fleece, and Medea, the sorceress who returned with him to Corinth and had two sons with him. As the play opens, Jason plans to marry the daughter of King Creon, and the lovesick Medea plots how to take her revenge. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)

Cast
Narrator/Second Child: Kristingj
Medea: Elizabeth Klett
Jason: mb
Creon: Algy Pug
Aegeus: T. K. Kirven
Nurse: Valerie Tan
Attendant: Robert Hoffman
Messenger: Bob Gonzalez
Chorus Leader/First Child: Amanda Friday
Chorus 1: Margaret Espaillat
Chorus 2: Rhonda Federman
Chorus 3: Availle

Audio editing: Elizabeth Klett (1 hr 45 min)

Chapters

Section 1 47:00 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Section 2 58:14 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

Needs a better Jason


(3 stars)

Everyone did a good job except the one who plays Jason. He screams his head off the whole time and makes it unlistenable.

Complex portrayal & reading of Medea


(5 stars)

Medea here is a complex personality: Euripides laid out logically the series of events that led to Medea's hurt and betrayal, following all that she had sacrificed for Jason. That said, the play does not shy away from portraying her as dangerous or flawed, as she executes the revenge that hurts her own. Jason and Creon were written as characters who treated Medea as a means to an end, and by underestimating her, contributed to the story's tragic end. With regards to the narration, it was Elizabeth Klett as Medea who made this reading for me. It was supported well by the other narrators, which made for a compelling listen.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned


(5 stars)

. When Jason takes a new wife and Creon banishes her, Medea's plight becomes symbolic of the struggles of all women. Therefore, her violent reaction becomes a form of radical political resistance. With his Medea, Euripides created one of Western literature's most archetypal symbols of feminine revolt.

Bravo, applause and flowers to fill the stage


(5 stars)

Much gratitude and thanks for the opportunity to listen to this wonderfully portrayed classic. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Elizabeth is a true crafts woman! Medea, a complex and difficult character is dealt with masterfully in her handsπŸ’πŸΎ Bravo to all!!


(5 stars)

excellent caste production. Elizabeth Klett stole the show again. I've grown fond of hearing her these past few recordings.

Fantastic


(5 stars)

that was an amazing reading, really fabulous work

Well done.


(5 stars)

Enjoyed every bit of this. Thank you.


(4 stars)

good some voices better than others,(medea)was great