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.
I don't think it's really possible to sum up The Odyssey in three words. But if I were pressed to do it, the three words would be: epic, adventure, and compelling.
I have not listened to any of Sir Ian's other performances, but I will be on the look out for them! He's fabulous! I was concerned about listening to this instead of reading the print book since it's assigned for a class, but I believe i'm getting just as much out of it by listening as I would by reading.
It's over 13 hours long!
My only issue with this performance is the high pitched tones that are used to signify the beginning and ending of each book. It's quite painful when I'm listening with headphones!
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