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Richard

LOUISVILLE, KY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
    "poor sound recording"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was a great voice.

    The problem was in the recording. Almost every book of the Iliad had a middle break in it where there would suddenly be a 5-15 second silence in the middle of a scene or sentence. Then after this it would get super quiet or much louder so you needed to keep adjusting the volume. It was pretty bad especially in the middle books where the amplitude of change in the volume was greatest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, & The Paradiso

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise-the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation. One of the greatest works in literature, Dantes story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice.

    Tad Davis says: "OK"
    "Highly dependent upon historical context"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It would be a better audio book with narrations of explanation on some of the people in a commentary similar to the audiobook series


    Was The Divine Comedy worth the listening time?

    I don't think this a book well suited to the audio format unless you have a specialization in Italian Renaissance history so you know more of the people whom Dante mentions. Most of the people visited by Dante on his trip through the abodes of the afterlife are not well known even to a person with a history major (though I admitted focused on more ancient history). This difficulty would be averted by reading an actual book version with notes (like an oxford edition) to give better context to the various people mentioned.

    Besides this difficulty people being skimmed-over throughout the work, it provides an interesting, narrative portrayal of the Catholic Church's doctrines both popular in that time and generally continuing into the present.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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