The great war epic of Western literature, translated by acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles
Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace.
Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance.”
©1990 Robert Fagles; (P)1991 HighBridge Audio
I have to read this for class, and having the audiobook has been helpful to my time and understanding.
I have no problems with the Iliad itself, just with the audiobook version. Some of the sections of the printed book weren't even in the audiobook. Why, I'm not sure. Also, I often couldn't figure out where I was in the book because the printed book is divided up into Books, and the audio version was divided up into different chapters. Why can't you just do it as the books? Would be so much easier.
My only complaint is that the "next" function does not actually take me to the next book. I am a teacher, and would like to play the audio for my class who is reading from the textbook. The textbook only has certains books from the Iliad, but I can't find them on the audio, so it was a completely wasted purchase for me.
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A great story, lots of action and fighting, and a classic that has lasted the test of time. Excellent narration as well!
I rented this as an unabridge book for my daughter who is studying 'The Iliad'. and she found out it has skipped many pages. now I look it up and it says abridge! Why would you audio this book as abridged?So many students read this and it is so helpful to have a complete book!
I love this epic story - I re-read it each year to remind me of my humanity and my infinitesimal existence in the wide world.
If this version was not abridged
Everything about the performance and story was great. However, the fact that this audio was the abridged version has proven incapable of helping me study for English class (I am a slow reader and use the audio to help give me a good pace).
I bought this to use in my classroom so that I could play it rather than try to read aloud all the names. I thought the actors' voices might be a nice change from my own as well. However, the audiobook is NOT divided by books (chapters) and it is IMPOSSIBLE to find where each book begins. We are only reading SOME of the books, but I can't play it because I can't find the start of any of them even after almost 2 hours of trying. THe actual book is over 8 hours and trying to find my place 6 times a day is literally impossible. I thought I found the start of book 5 (2:09: 19) but the next day that time did not start at the same text. Virtually useless to me! I've even searched online and can't find the break times.
Blood, death and glory.
Derek Jacobi does an incredible job of portraying all of the men, women and gods involved; he understands each character's feel and transmits it clearly.
This is a wonderful book. I really enjoyed reading it years ago and thought I would enjoy listening to it on my long drives. Not so much. This is a book you need to really focus on. If you listen to your books while doing nothing else, this is great; however if you're like me and listen to your books while driving long distances, cleaning house, working out, this one is hard to follow.
The performances were wonderful. If I ever have time to just sit and listen, I'll try it again.
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