The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus.
Translated and Narrated by Stanley Lombardo. Introduction by Susan Sarandon.
©1997 Hackett Publishing Company; (P)2006 Parmenides Publishing
"Lombardo's Iliad both sings to 21st century ears and holds true to Homer's original vision; the blind bard would be proud." (Publishers Weekly)
Lombardo's delivery was excellent and his translation reflected well the mood and meaning of the original.
Hector is probably the most engaging character because of the scene with his wife and child. Hector is three-dimensional: a warrior, husband, and father. No one else in the Iliad is shown like that.
Having Sarandon give an overview of each book is very helpful.
My! It is bloody and gory.
I have been trying for years to read all the way through the Iliad. This is the first translation that has not lost me somewhere around the Catalog of Ships (Book II).
I got used to the music at chapter transitions and when the text was metaphorical, but Susan Sarandon didn't add much, and the narrator was not as engaging as Ian McKellen on The Odyssey.
I actually don't have a lot of time to actually read, so this is perfect for me. I can listen when i am moving in between classes, on my way to and from school, and while i am doing other things.
The Iliad is a classic! There are so many characters to choose from that it is hard to pick a favorite. If i had to chose a favorite, I would say Diomedes! That dude is a beast and really fun to listen to.
I really enjoyed the pace of the reading. It was faster than i am used to reading. I also like the tone for each of the characters in the book. Stanley really gave an outstanding performance to all the speakers in this book. I also like that Susan gave the summaries before the next book started, she was pretty awsome as well!
I would recommend this app to anyone that likes to listen to stories. Whatever your preferrence of genre, this is an awsome app and audiobook. I wish they would actually do this with some of my boring textbooks! The only reason I didn't rate this a 5 star was because I wish they would have added a search bar in each chapter so that I could find a reference to go back to when I want to find something specific. Other than that I was very pleased with this audiobook!
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