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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. Too good to be relegated to the dustbin of high-school required reading, the first of Homer's epic poems tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. (Translated by Samuel Butler.)

    James M says: "Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?"
    "Definitely worth the effort"
    Overall

    The Illiad can seem slow at times, but it is definitely worth persisting.

    Although there are sections that go through enormous detail about who slew whom, there are others of breathtaking beauty. The book provides incredible insight into how much and how little humans have changed over the past few millennia. A story of combat, loss and above all honor.

    This translation is beautifully read, with the reader admirably bringing each character to life over 2500 years after they fell on the plains of Troy.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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