If this version was not abridged
Everything about the performance and story was great. However, the fact that this audio was the abridged version has proven incapable of helping me study for English class (I am a slow reader and use the audio to help give me a good pace).
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 get through it for a class. I was very sad that it wasn't the entire book because I have to read the whole thing for class. Waste of my money.
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 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!
My only complaint is that the "next" function does not actually take me to the next book. I am a teacher, and would like to play the audio for my class who is reading from the textbook. The textbook only has certains books from the Iliad, but I can't find them on the audio, so it was a completely wasted purchase for me.
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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!
The flaw in this recording is that so much of this great epic is missing.
The Iliad is astonishing not only for being the first in so many ways (characterisations, conflicts of will and pride, dilemmas, tragedies, comedies, even the first game of 'chicken'), but it is also very skillfully told. Fagles translation is lively and sharp, and Derek Jacobi does it justice.