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
Intellectual, historic, classic
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.
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.
24 hours? No chance. I listened to this on the way to and from work though, and I really enjoyed it.
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.
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.
The translation is compelling but the reader distracts the listener with maudlin attempts to imitate female voices.
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
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.
I tried to get through this but I just couldn't keep focused on the story. The reader distracted me.
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.
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