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The Iliad | [Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)]

The Iliad

The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.
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The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

As you listen to this great work, you feel yourself to be in the presence of a grandeur that suffuses the very air. There is no question that the poet, whether his name was Homer or not, was one of the supreme artists of all time and all civilizations. But thiswonderful piece of poetry is not merely a catalog of events of the Trojan War. Specifically, the poem deals with the bitter dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, and how the Greeks were almost destroyed by their hubris. Hovering about, the Olympian gods watch the unfolding events with keen interest, sometimes lending help and encouragement on one hand, or spreading fear and hatred on the other.

The Iliad is ultimately about the free will of man and his ability or failure to make rational choices in the face of conflict and chaos. Unlike the gods, menmust face death, which gives their decisions a spiritual meaning which is absent on Olympus. The great legacy of The Iliad is itsshattering revelation of what it means to be human in the face of life's uncertainty and fleeting mortality.

(P)2008 Audio Connoisseur

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    Richard Morris Plains, NJ 06-19-13
    Richard Morris Plains, NJ 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "poor sound recording"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charlton Griffin’s performances?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was a great voice.

    The problem was in the recording. Almost every book of the Iliad had a middle break in it where there would suddenly be a 5-15 second silence in the middle of a scene or sentence. Then after this it would get super quiet or much louder so you needed to keep adjusting the volume. It was pretty bad especially in the middle books where the amplitude of change in the volume was greatest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christopher DENVER, CO, United States 12-14-13
    christopher DENVER, CO, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "oh, Charlton..."
    What did you like best about The Iliad? What did you like least?

    Love the story. This was my second trip through an audio Iliad. However! Charlton Griffin's voice and tone simply got old after book five.


    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    Why? Yes, he uses a lot of variation in his speaking, but after a while it becomes sing-song instead of exciting. Mr. Griffin has chosen to give a dramatic reading, great, but his voice merely rises and falls instead portraying passion and grief. Same thing with his reading of Caesar's Commentaries. Here I was holding on, but when he got Hector & Andromache's "voices" mixed up in what should be one of the best scenes, I lost it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cody United States 03-13-13
    Cody United States 03-13-13
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    "Charlton Griffin of the Great War Cry"
    If you could sum up The Iliad in three words, what would they be?

    Intellectual, historic, classic


    What other book might you compare The Iliad to and why?

    The Odyssey is the obvious choice here, but for those who have not read Homer, it has traces of a Shakespearean sound with powerful descriptive vocabulary, but a more adventurous feel. Great for getting a feel for Greek mythology.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    He was incredible. This is not an easy book to read, and he was very articulate, even with difficult Grecian names. Very dynamic and clear, and even did a good job with the female voices.


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

    24 hours? No chance. I listened to this on the way to and from work though, and I really enjoyed it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Alexandria, VA, United States 02-09-13
    Paul Alexandria, VA, United States 02-09-13
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    "Good translation, bad narrator."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The translation is compelling but the reader distracts the listener with maudlin attempts to imitate female voices.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 10-08-12
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "I couldn't do it"

    I tried to get through this but I just couldn't keep focused on the story. The reader distracted me.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Oakland, CA, United States 03-17-12
    Eric Oakland, CA, United States 03-17-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The Iliad and the Epic Cycle"
    Any additional comments?

    The Iliad and the Odyssey may be the most famous surviving accounts of the Trojan War and its aftermath, but they do not include some of the most famous tales associated with that war. Much comes from fragments of lost works of

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lolly Cannon Beach, OR USA 08-02-11
    Lolly Cannon Beach, OR USA 08-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Iliad unabridged, but cut short"

    A good read. No complaints other than the fact that it ends with the death and funeral of Hector. Where is the Wooden horse? Where is the death of Achilles? I am at a loss and can only give 3 of five stars for this misrepresentation.

    1 of 30 people found this review helpful
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