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.
I was having a hard time reading this book for my honors class and I was so excited that i was able to find it on audiobook to put on my ipod but then i realized ,onced i listened to it, that it didnt go thru every chapter and It didnt read word for word. I wish it explained it in the first place. But then It goes over main points and i believe that it will be very useful.
It was helpful, but it does not exactly follow the book. It is somewhat in between an abridged and unabridged versions of the book. Big negative: it does not tell you pages or chapters to be able to go back to them or follow with book as needed. I could not load it unto my iTunes library and they only sell the "abridged" version in iTunes. So, it worked for us, but could have been happier