I love words that can take me into other worlds.
I downloaded this with some trepidation, fearing it would be too dense for listening. But the combination of a very accessible translation and a brilliant reading have proved my concerns unfounded. This is a marvelous way to enjoy one of the masterpieces of classical Roman literature. In many ways, it's better than reading, as the reader glides over names whose pronunciation would baffle me. I have listened to this while jogging and even cooking and have never found myself lost. A great story told by a great storyteller.
Great story and terrific translation. Unfortunately, the narrator seems to have mistakenly undertaken an onstage Shakespearean performance rather than an audiobook narration. You can almost feel the spittle on your face as the narrator overdramatically renders the speakers. I agree with the other reviewers, read this magnificent book and wait for the next audiobook version.
I like to read but listening is better.
I had just finished reading Homer's 2 epics prior to reading this, and feel like that helped me to understand things a bit better. However, I still had to rely heavily on a reader, which I could use after each chapter. An added benefit to having a reader is that since it's going to be in print form you actually get to see names spelled out and that helps me to keep the characters straight.
Parts of this book were like the Odyssey and parts of it were like the Iliad. In general I found this to be more like the Iliad in that the gods played a big role. I feel like that makes things more confusing at times.
This narrator was different from any other I have listened to. I think some people will love his overly dramatic, loud style, but I found it to be way too much.
I was hoping to be floored by Fagles' translation, narrated by an actor I like very much. However, Simon Callow's performance is overly-dramatized in tone and dynamics to the extent that it is hard to follow the poetry and plot. One sentence will vary from shrill and shouted to whispered and mumbled, with the wrong words emphasized. Disappointing.
Buy the Charlton Griffin narrated version!
This book is great but I highly recommend the Charlton Griffin narrated version. It is a better narration and translation. But best of all it begins with a wonderful introduction that includes a greatly needed chapter by chapter synopsis of the events of the book. See my review of that version for more a more detailed review.
.... and that was to make Augustus look good to the Romans.
Great book, the reader dropped his voice low sometimes making it hard to understand. It was a great epic, completes the story of the Trojan war and the founding of Rome. Not as interesting as the Illiad as he had an agenda to glorify Rome instead of a tale to entertain but I'm sure the Romans of the Agustus Era enjoyed it.
Addicted to Audible since 2009
The audio version of this book definitely plays out well. Great narration and overall this is just an outstanding story on how the ruined civilation of Troy began the next great dynasty that would become the Roman Empire.
I believe some books are better read than listened to --this is one of them. The story is great, but it is difficult to follow when read to. Perhaps it is the accent.
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 thought listening to this book would be as interesting as listening to The Iliad, The Odyssey, or Dante's Inferno, but boy was I mistaken. I haven't read this novel, but if it is a great book, this narrator kills it. I was bored to death. I could not finish the audiobook. I am pretty fair, and try to give every audiobook the benefit of the doubt, but I could not.