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Iliad | [Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)]

Iliad

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 by Stanley Lombardo.
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Publisher's Summary

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 by Stanley Lombardo. Introduction by Susan Sarandon.

©1997 Hackett Publishing Company; (P)2006 Parmenides Publishing

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 08-22-12
    Marsha E. Wood Lansing, MI USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best translation"
    What made the experience of listening to Iliad the most enjoyable?

    Lombardo's delivery was excellent and his translation reflected well the mood and meaning of the original.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Stanley Lombardo and Susan Sarandon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having Sarandon give an overview of each book is very helpful.


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

    My! It is bloody and gory.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Auckland, New Zealand 06-16-12
    Mike Auckland, New Zealand 06-16-12
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    "Best version on Audible"

    Read by the translator, with intros of each section by Susan, and overall very good for such an ancient story. I don't know if this new translation is true to the historical texts or if its been modified for easier listening, but it certainly comes across much more smoothly than another version I tried.

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    Barbara Huntington, WV, USA 09-30-08
    Barbara Huntington, WV, USA 09-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "The Iliad"

    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.

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    Michael Straughn 08-31-08
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    "hmmm ok"

    not enough sarandon...and i like the odyssey more hehe

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