As a reader who reads for the story itself (vs. how the story is told), the Iliad would have been a difficult read for me given its age and "flowery language", but this format and Lesser's narration make it a very enjoyable experience. If you want to enjoy this classic, this is the way to do it.
This is the worst quality recording I have purchased from Audible. The narrator has a good voice, but the editing was terrible. There were awkward gaps throughout the recording, sometimes in mid-sentence, and it almost seemed like parts were re-recorded with someone else's voice. On top of that, there are many skips in the recording (as if listening to a CD) that become more numerous as the story goes on. This wouldn't warrant any stars but for the greatness of the story itself. I can't believe Audible would even carry this recording.
What a great book! When reading any true adventure novel, it's important to realize the ego it takes to do the things that are done in the book, and that inevitably comes through in the writing. However, I didn't feel as much of that ego as in other books. Ed has a great philosophy about climbing that translates well into everyday life, and his goal is to communicate that philosophy to his reader. I can see how that can be read as self-praise, but I didn't take it that way. In any event, the stories are more than worth it for those that are annoyed by the occational "self-help" lessons.
The only drawback to this recording is the narration. I didn't feal that the voice went with the story. It was too polished, too much like a TV anchorman. I was able to get past this, however, and thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.
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