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Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey | [Homer, W. H. D. Rouse (translator)]

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.

    17 of 18 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 2011

    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.

    2 of 2 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.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • 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

    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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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