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The Iliad | [Robert Fagles (translator), Homer]

The Iliad

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."
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-11-12
    Brian North Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not buy!"
    What would have made The Iliad better?

    Better narrator


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: good story line. Least interesting: narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator kept trying to have different voices for the characters, but failed. He's start up initially with a unique sounding voice, but after a few lines he would lose it and then all the characters voices would blend together making it extra difficult to follow.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-04-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2010

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    "A Timeless classic!"

    A great story, lots of action and fighting, and a classic that has lasted the test of time. Excellent narration as well!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Scottsdale, AZ, United States 11-05-10
    Dorothy Scottsdale, AZ, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2014
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    "abridged or unabridge...that is the question?"

    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!

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Alana NOXON, MT, United States 10-14-12
    Alana NOXON, MT, United States 10-14-12
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    "Good book, but not complete"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have to read this for class, and having the audiobook has been helpful to my time and understanding.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Evans 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!"

    Very good quality recording, expertly read. A real treat. A timeless classic, truly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Palmyra, PA, United States 01-31-15
    Jonathan Palmyra, PA, United States 01-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Noble"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 12-31-14
    Edward Fairfield, CA, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Shocked & Moved"

    I had tried to read this book but was unable to really get into it. My professor explained that Homer's works were likely spoken originally so I tried the audiobook.

    I was moved and shocked at the depth I found in this epic poem. Great performance and thus particular translation was used in class. It's a great story!!

    B$

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    Donald 09-12-14
    Donald 09-12-14
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    "Abridged"
    What would have made The Iliad better?

    If this version was not abridged


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Birmingham, AL, United States 03-12-14
    Leslie Birmingham, AL, United States 03-12-14
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    "NO CHAPTER BREAKS"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.
    FRUSTRATING!!!


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    Victoria Mexico, Mexico 03-06-14
    Victoria Mexico, Mexico 03-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Astounding! (It is not, however, unabridged)"
    If you could sum up The Iliad in three words, what would they be?

    Blood, death and glory.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci – was your favorite?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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