Quite high up among the books I have listened to so far. (and there have been many scores).
When Achilles learns that Patroclus is dead, his grief, the funeral pyre for his fiend and lover. All this then followed by Achilles' killing rage against Hector and his desecration of Hector's body dragged around the walls of Troy.
The desperate battle of the Greeks when they are driven back to their ships by the Trojans and nearly overrun.
No, far too long. This book should be listened to is parts like it was sung.
I have read many translations of Homer's The Iliad. I did not think Richard Lattimore's translation could be bettered but Stephen Mitchell achieved that with a truly inspired translation. The text is in clear English, not overblow, not overly poetic, but quite rich, imaginatively strong and noble as befits this epic; an epic which continues to be read all over the world and has been for thousands of years because it is the foundation of one of the greatest civilizations ever know to the world - the Greeks.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
If you have never fallen in love with The Iliad, please listen to this right now, and hear the story the way the ancient Greeks did. Enthralling story telling about the human experience, not just a war book. And the narrator is a master, too.
Molina's reading of this classic is just spell binding. I could listen to the way he pronounces the Greek names endlessly!
gods vs man, man vs man, gods vs gods. Timeless
really all of them
skip the incredibly long, pedantic chapters by the translator....
Say something about yourself!
At times- its a little harder to skip through pages of very descriptive killing. I did that reading a different translation. The Iliad, as beautiful as it is, can be quite long winded.
The character arch types of Hector and Achilles. One fights for honor and defending his people. One fights for revenge and glory. Both become famous. Both die in the same war. It sends a message of means over the ends. Its the journey not the destination. It highlights human nature and makes me question who I am and what I want to be.
Hector speech about the inevitability of death and encouragement to fight. It reminded me of the Braveheart freedom speech. Braveheart may have borrowed from it.
...and the the narrator was magnificent. the poetry was uplifting despite all the bloodshed. I cannot imagine a better way to read this classic than with this performance. It was originally meant to be read aloud. this version does it justice.
The music in the wording was enjoyable. As soon as I finished, I had to go immediately to the Odyssey.
I learned what Homer said and not what Hollywood’s distortions
It was exhilarating and heightened my imagination. I’m eager to find additional classics from the period.
It is kind of fun to revisit all the books I should have read in school.
From Homer Yes... Stephen Mitchell ....no...
I love the Illiad, What turns me of is this book is 1/3 commentary, and the remaining 2/3's appears to be only part of the full Iliad (even taking account of the 'extra' parts).
Good reader.... like
Yep all of the above
This book- dislike not fully the Iliad. Just talking and bits and pieces...Baby Food? don't know..
maybe I was distracted, but I've listened to the first couple of chapters and I don't know what the heck is going on or what it's about
Yes, I will give this a second chance and re-listen from the start.
I don't know if it's the narrator or that the book is boring.
I listen to a lot of books while driving but if I am lost after the first 1/2 hour or so it's really tough to keep going or start over.
Alfred Molina's voice is very beautiful.
This is not a good translation. It's more fair to call this a modern epic poem abridgement of the Iliad. The tipoff is that weird, weird introduction. The
Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)
Read the story and leave out the commentary. There seemed to be more comment than story
Just translate the story
It was slow and monotone
Thank goodness I could return this to get something better c