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Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey Audiobook

Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.
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Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless.

The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife. Though the stormy god of the ocean has sworn vengeance against him, and witches and sirens try to lure him off course, Odysseus is clever and has the brilliant goddess Athena on his side.

Homer (9th or 8th century B.C.) is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two greatest epic poems of ancient Greece. Virtually nothing is known about his life. Tradition has it that he was blind. Most scholars believe he composed the Iliad and the Odyssey by relying on oral traditions. Their value lies chiefly in the poetry itself, moving from sublime passages about the gods and heroic exploits to passages expressing deep human emotion.

Public Domain (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best translation of Homer that I have ever read is by W. H. D. Rouse." (Dudley Fitts)

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    Ganesh 03-26-13
    Ganesh 03-26-13
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    "Best Iliad experience on Audible"

    The Iliad is one of those books which can be made or broken by the narrator. With this rendition, Anthony Heald has immediately joined my list of favourites (Patrick Tull, Nigel Lambert, Stephen Fry..) He breathes life into every one of the characters and more than makes up for any quibbles you might have with the translation.

    I did not quite like the Butler translation read by Lescault. Butler uses Roman names for Greek Gods, and Lescault's narration is rather bland. Heald injects so much energy that you'd find a grocery list interesting (and to be frank, there are bits of the Iliad which are pretty grocery-like in character)

    As for the book - well, it's the Iliad! A magnificent crusty old monument whose shadow falls across Western literature through the ages... well worth your time.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    txgsu43 03-23-15
    txgsu43 03-23-15
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    "A Classic"

    A great reading of Homer. It is engaging. I highly recommend this production. I will definitely listen to it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Hercules, California, United States 10-03-14
    Andre Hercules, California, United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.

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    "Phenomenal!"
    What did you love best about Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    Being able to listen to both stories back to back because they feed off of and inform one another. The language, the imagery, the characters, the action. Given that these stories were originally performed live by traveling poets and singers, listening to the story comes closer to approximating the original experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    When Odysseus reunited with his son, wife, and father.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    Odysseus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I broke it up over a month.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read, a cornerstone of Western literature.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Columbia, MD, United States 03-25-14
    Paul Columbia, MD, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2015

    Love my Kindle and my audiobooks.

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    "Magnificent"
    Would you listen to Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey again? Why?

    Probably not. Too many other things to listen too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action, drama, and heroism.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    5 Stars is not enough for these fantastic stories and wonderful performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-07-15
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-07-15 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "Two Epics Told Well"

    I had not read these two epics since middle school/high school, so it was basically like I was studying it for the first time. I really cannot comment on this particular translation because it's the only one I've read.

    I like Anthony Heald's voice and style. It may take some listeners a while to get used to him. I had just recently heard him narrate Crime and Punishment, so I was already comfortable with him.

    The Iliad is a tough one to get through for me. All the names and gods confuse me. It also took me quite a while to get down which warriors were on which side (and I'm not sure I ever figured out which gods were on which side). The digressions and lists are tedious.

    Let's face it: the majority of the Iliad is just the reporting of who killed who.

    I've never really been a big fan of the whole "intervening god" thing that the Greeks and Romans have in all of their tales. I can dig their view that fate and fortune trump "freewill." However, in the Iliad things are taken to extreme lengths. I mean it's one thing for Zeus to make a warrior angry so that he goes and kills some guy on the other side; it's another for one of the gods to shield one of the mortals or literally carry them to safety.

    I found it interesting that the story of Achilles' death is not included in the Iliad. We know that he will die, and even how he will die, but the actual event is not in the book.

    The Odyssey is a much more interesting and enjoyable book in my opinion (I know that technically these are poems and not books, but they may as well be books). While the gods are still obviously always involved, their dealings with one another are largely absent from this story. The action in this story is more than just battle. There are fun stories such as the escape from the cyclops, and the men being turned into farm animals. There is also a satisfying ending, which seems rare for the genre.

    Throughout both of these epics I kept thinking "isn't there more to this?" I kept waiting for the story of the Trojan Horse to be fleshed out. The story of the Sirens was a blip. I guess that many of the stories are told or added to in other works or myths.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adam 12-27-15
    adam 12-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a complete Iliad!"
    Would you try another book from Homer and W. H. D. Rouse (translator) and/or Anthony Heald?

    The translation and performance are quite good. A nice balance of poetry and Plain understandable language. Major complaint: the text of the Iliad is not complete! This is a big deal.


    What was most disappointing about Homer and W. H. D. Rouse (translator) ’s story?

    There seems to be a few chapters missing in which SPOILER ALERT- Achilles kills hector and then is killed by Paris. I am not a classics scholar but I am damn sure that this version is missing part of the standard text of the Iliad. I a phase read other er versions in text and there's no doubt in my mind that this is a glaring error. Seriously unexcusable. If there is some scholarly explanation of why parts are omitted it should appear in the description or some afterword.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    None, it is already missing important parts of the supposedly unabridged text


    Any additional comments?

    I love audible but this sort of omission is very problematic. This is not the first time when I have suspected that some text was omitted from supposedly unabridged texts. I recall how many other audiblebooks are not divided accurately into chapters, making it almost impossible to refer back to any particular place in the book. Seriously audible, get your act together. We know your parent company has plenty of resources to deal with silly errors like this . Show some friggin effort to ensure the quality of the things you publish you lazy bums!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 07-31-14
    Phillip 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey better?

    It was accurate


    What was most disappointing about Homer and W. H. D. Rouse (translator) ’s story?

    Way to slow n lengthy


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

    A bit dry


    What character would you cut from Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    All the minor gods and back ground


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to return book

    2 of 40 people found this review helpful
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  • Angeles Martinez
    Spain
    3/17/15
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    "beautiful stories, beautifully read.."
    What made the experience of listening to Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey the most enjoyable?

    both books have been on my "to do" list for years but for some reason I thought of reading them a bit of a daunting task. What a pleasure to listen to them, so beautifully read or should I say acted? so many names, gods, mortals.. I found it confusing at the beginning, who is who? who is doing what to whom? and it really doesn't matter, just listen and enjoy every minute.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no, but I thought he was fantastic


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    let yourself be carried away ....


    Any additional comments?

    forgive my possible mistakes, english is not my mother tongue.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
    9/23/15
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    "Epic. Literally"

    Enjoyed this so much. Hearing the tale and recalling it from lessons as a kid was gratifying. I must have been listening in classical civilisation more than I thought!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nicky Beet
    9/21/14
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    "truly epic"
    Would you listen to Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey again? Why?

    Yes i would as im bound to forget bits of it over time


    What other book might you compare Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey to, and why?

    It compares favourably to any book of myth&legend of the gods&greats


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I have not but his voice fitted well with the story&genre


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To much to take in in 1go


    Any additional comments?

    It is an epic in every sense of the word
    Not only is it a wonderful story but it also offers insights into ancient gree hustory,culture&society
    Shows the gods warts&all as both great&petty amongst many things.

    In time this will be how we view our own books of gods&myths

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • ColonelJames
    10/1/15
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    "Great stories and a performance to match."
    What did you like most about Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    Anthony Heald's performance. I was dubious even listening to the audio clip ("Dr. Chilton from Silence of the Lambs for the length of two epic poems? Surely not!") but quite honestly it is the best audiobook performance I have ever heard. The strength of the voice; the attention to detail in phrasing and emphasis; the characterization - it is consistently wonderful. I was rapt. What an utterly under-appreciated talent Heald is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey?

    One of the Gods appears to the Greeks as an old man. For some reason Heald gives him an Irish accent. It is highly entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favourite?

    Zeus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, though you would do well to concentrate for the length of these two.


    Any additional comments?

    Anthony Heald is my next Audible search word!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Miss V. Bakova
    London
    11/19/14
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    "Fantastic!!!!"
    If you could sum up Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Intelligent, Thrilling.


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Anthony Heald brings an old story back to life. Simply the best performance I have ever heard.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Duncan Alaster Tinkler
    2/7/16
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    "very good"

    loved it. I think it's a great translation and read well. I would recommend this to any one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abelardo
    Waco, Texas, United States
    4/9/13
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    "Iliad"

    great book, great reading it helped out since i forgot to read sometimes and this helped keep up

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    7/25/15
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    "Comprehencive with historical names but not enthralling as I'd hoped"

    Good narration but story was lacking. Vocabulary was tedious in whole and a hard listen.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful

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