It was hard enough to listen to some of the words used in the book and I wold never have figured out. This starts with the battle of Troy and ends with his journey home. It talks about all the 'stuff' that happens on the home front while people are at war. Well worth the read.
There are a lot of very good political and personal lessons in this epic.
The story for those who like such a classic is fabulous. I wont go into story details as most know the story and other reviews have hashed it out. This type of read isnt for everyone but for people into the more flamboyant classic writings, Homer is wonderful.The narrator I feel did an absolutely fabulous job. This isnt an easy book to narrate and he did it with clarity, great pronunciation, and gave a poetic and enjoyable audio for the story and its characters. His voice was pleasant and it felt like he was telling the story rather than reading the story. I have read the Iliad and the Odyssey before but to have it told to you really brings a life to the story thats even more enjoyable than reading it. Some stories are better told than read and this is one of them especially when you have as a good of a Narrator as John Lescault.
I always liked Achilles in the Iliad. His persona just stands out. He is a character that appears larger than life at times. He is stubborn, bold, determined, yet emotions cut to the quick at times.Odysseus in the Odyssey. His journey was one of many trials and tribulations but he prevailed.
He did them all very well. I cant pick just one.
Yes but it was to long to do that. LOL I listened to it every chance I had and it was done in about 1 week.
Reading the reviews I was a little concerned having purchased this prior to reading them. I enjoyed it and was not bothered by the narrating. The narrator can be monotone but I felt he was easy to follow and switched voices to distinguish between characters.
Homer, of course, was the first European poet. There has been scholarly dispute about whether there was a Homer and, if so, whether he indeed wrote these two epic poems. There seems to be some consensus now that both "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" were written by one person who generously sampled from earlier texts. In any event, Homer lived several hundred years after the events he describes, having surely heard and memorized the poem in oral form as it was passed down by bards and story-tellers -- accuracy surely was trumped in places by the need for a lively narrative. Thus having these two texts together in this audio download is a treasure. In "The Iliad" we hear of Achilles' quarrel with Agamemnon, and meet the heros Odysseus, Ajax, and Diomed. We meet the Trojans Hector and Paris, whose kidnapping of Helen caused the war. We join the action in the final year of the Greeks' ten-year seige of Troy, though the finale --with the sacking of Troy-- are related in hindsight in "The Odyssey".
Fittingly, "The Odyssey" has come to mean a long journey --i.e., a Space Odyssey. After enduring the ten-year seige on the plains of Troy, Odysseus wanders through ten years of adventure before arriving home in the western Greek isle of Ithaca where he confronts the belligerant suitors who have taken over his home. The story is much livelier and whimsical than the solemnities of "The Iliad". Together the two make for a wonderful few weeks of listening. The narration in this edition is terrific.
Parts of this recording are corrupted, so I wasted my credits. I purchased the Illiad and Oddessey individually. This version gives the cliffnotes version of each book at the beginning.
I completed listening to both books before I read the reviews and I was quite surprised by those who were disappointed in the narration, as I thought it wonderful. These books are better listened to than read as they are part of an oral tradition of epic story telling. You can imagine yourself listening to these stories thousands of years ago around a hearth. The language is updated and not in rythme. If you are not familiar with the stories I suggest a review of them in a condensed version before you begin your listen. This is not light literature and requires more focused listening than most modern books but the effort is well worth it and becomes easier as the stories progress.
Ok book. Expecting much more. Not as enjoyable as i was expecting. Not my cup of tea
Not so good
An overwhelming tale of scheming petulant gods, bloodthirsty warriors set in the days of ancient Greece. The Odyssey was more appealing story wise for me perhaps because of its more concentrated scope.
My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!
I actually enjoyed The Odyssey more than The Iliad. Everything about this audiobook was great: the story, the performance by Lescault, & the amount of references still in use today; for example, birds of a feather, etc. my eyes welled often, and I hope yours do too.
The narrator's voice was pleasant enough, but I never got the impression he was interested in the story. I would be willing to try another book he narrated, but it would certainly have to be more stimulating.
Listening to this was akin to reading the subtitles of a movie, but without the movie itself to hold one's interest. If you have problems with insomnia, this might help.