I truly enjoyed this experience with The Iliad more than my previous couple of attempts at it (only one of which I got all of the way through.) This translation is so much more engaging than the previous ones which tried too hard to force a poetic meter to the story. Listening on audio with a skilled reader like Derek Jacobi was a real pleasure. The excitement of the story came through so well. Try this version of The Iliad.
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A great story, lots of action and fighting, and a classic that has lasted the test of time. Excellent narration as well!
I rented this as an unabridge book for my daughter who is studying 'The Iliad'. and she found out it has skipped many pages. now I look it up and it says abridge! Why would you audio this book as abridged?So many students read this and it is so helpful to have a complete book!
I have to read this for class, and having the audiobook has been helpful to my time and understanding.
I have no problems with the Iliad itself, just with the audiobook version. Some of the sections of the printed book weren't even in the audiobook. Why, I'm not sure. Also, I often couldn't figure out where I was in the book because the printed book is divided up into Books, and the audio version was divided up into different chapters. Why can't you just do it as the books? Would be so much easier.
I bought this to use in my classroom so that I could play it rather than try to read aloud all the names. I thought the actors' voices might be a nice change from my own as well. However, the audiobook is NOT divided by books (chapters) and it is IMPOSSIBLE to find where each book begins. We are only reading SOME of the books, but I can't play it because I can't find the start of any of them even after almost 2 hours of trying. THe actual book is over 8 hours and trying to find my place 6 times a day is literally impossible. I thought I found the start of book 5 (2:09: 19) but the next day that time did not start at the same text. Virtually useless to me! I've even searched online and can't find the break times.
Blood, death and glory.
Derek Jacobi does an incredible job of portraying all of the men, women and gods involved; he understands each character's feel and transmits it clearly.
This is a wonderful book. I really enjoyed reading it years ago and thought I would enjoy listening to it on my long drives. Not so much. This is a book you need to really focus on. If you listen to your books while doing nothing else, this is great; however if you're like me and listen to your books while driving long distances, cleaning house, working out, this one is hard to follow.
The performances were wonderful. If I ever have time to just sit and listen, I'll try it again.
Good story. Reading unobtrusive.
Battlescenes. Long debates. BBQ.
You are able to focus on the story without too much distraction.
100 BBQs on a Beach.
Some of the female characters were voiced lamely.
No, but the story tellers did a magnificent job in their telling of the timeless classic. This book gives you everything suspence, drama, hardship, the tellers helped bring it to life in a way just reading it can't!
The rage of Achilles!
They kept their telling in line with the original, but added their own flare to it!
The part when Achilles is talking with King Priam, and Priam is asking Achilles for his son body back, (Hector)!
Great book! Everybody should read it, or at the very least listen to it! Great job!
I'm not exactly sure how these stars work, but my summary is this: Great Narrators 5/5, Fantastic Story 5/5 for what's there (lacking, so 3/5), Overall only 2.5 stars because of how much great material is left out.
I was very pleased with the Narrators, however, I was upset to find out that the audiobook often skips over large segments of the book, sometimes very interesting and very important parts. I had been assigned this for an English class in school and I thought it would be a great way to supplement the book; I could read along and listen to talented narrators give emotion and personality to the story. I would say that about 1/2 of the entire Iliad is actually narrated in this version, while the other 1/2 is completely skipped over. This was particularly frustrating because I found that all of a sudden the narrator would be reading something that I couldn't find on the page. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out where the narrator had suddenly jumped to, skipping sometimes entire chapters, sometimes only parts. I realize this is an abridged version, but after reading the entire book, and seeing what this left out, I am seriously dissapointed. There are certain parts that are reasonable to skip over (even I skimmed them), like when Homer recites the names of hundreds of people you don't really care about and their fathers and sons and homes and titles and blah blah blah blah blah. But, to my dissapointment, this version completely leaves out some of the most interesting battle scenes in the entire book like the confrontation between Diomedes and Glaucos. The entire chapter of Diomedes decimating ranks of Tojans is almost summed up to a few sentances in this audiobook... Very dissapointing.