coming home to an old friend
Achilles, the hero
Priam comes to the Greek camp to beg for the body ofhis son Hector
I was surprised that an unabridged audiobook would have so many edits. I have the print paperback of this translation and noticed that what Maria Tucci reads is rewritten and generally shortened.
exciting, engrossing, interesting
The Odyssey and the Aeneid because they deal with the same story.
Just a very good dramatic reading. I am very aware of Derek Jacobi and what a good Shakespearean actor he is.
the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles
I was disappointed that the Iliad stopped at Book 8! I was going to use the book for my students to hear Achilles' speech in Book 9!
I consider this to be an apples and oranges question. I will say, however that I spend a lot of Time driving, which is when I tend to listen to audiobooks, and reading a print book is difficult while one is driving.
The Odyssey for the obvious reason... Its a good war story, great character studies...
English accents? I tend to read things with an American accent, being an American, but the classics in British is a long tradition. They do a very good job.
When Achilles realizes that he has killed his friend. A proud man understanding the cost of his pride.
It was quite enjoyable.
I started reading the print version of The Iliad for a book club and I was having troubles getting through all the battle scenes. Listening to the audio edition was much easier.
I'm able to understand the pronunciation of all the character's names much easier. Also, there are a few times when, in reading the print version, it seemed to go from first person to third. Listening to Derek Jacobi narrate those parts made me understand why.
This recording of the Iliad is the best recorded book I've ever listened to. Sir Derek Jacobi is brilliant! He brings the text to life in a way no other narrator I've ever listened to has brought any other book to life.
Hector. His nobility and devotion to Troy, his love for his family and his willingness to put the good of others before his own, is deeply inspiring. And although he is beastly in his wrath, Achilles is realized with such power and understanding by the combined forces of Homer's poetry and Jacobi's inspired reading that it's impossible not to fascinated by him, as well.
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I was thrilled by the panoramic and muscular introduction that gave the listener a sense of where this story takes place in Greek mythology and history.
The translation was easy to follow, an English that seemed modern but that still gave the power and rhythm of heroic tales.
The audiobook was marketed as "unabridged", but it was so cut up, that I missed whole chunks of the book as I listened to it. It is no where close to the actual book.
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