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
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 get through it for a class. I was very sad that it wasn't the entire book because I have to read the whole thing for class. Waste of my money.
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.
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!
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.
I'm not exactly sure how these stars work, but my summary is this: Great Narrators 5/5, Fantastic Story 5/5 for what's there (lacking, so 3/5), Overall only 2.5 stars because of how much great material is left out.
I was very pleased with the Narrators, however, I was upset to find out that the audiobook often skips over large segments of the book, sometimes very interesting and very important parts. I had been assigned this for an English class in school and I thought it would be a great way to supplement the book; I could read along and listen to talented narrators give emotion and personality to the story. I would say that about 1/2 of the entire Iliad is actually narrated in this version, while the other 1/2 is completely skipped over. This was particularly frustrating because I found that all of a sudden the narrator would be reading something that I couldn't find on the page. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out where the narrator had suddenly jumped to, skipping sometimes entire chapters, sometimes only parts. I realize this is an abridged version, but after reading the entire book, and seeing what this left out, I am seriously dissapointed. There are certain parts that are reasonable to skip over (even I skimmed them), like when Homer recites the names of hundreds of people you don't really care about and their fathers and sons and homes and titles and blah blah blah blah blah. But, to my dissapointment, this version completely leaves out some of the most interesting battle scenes in the entire book like the confrontation between Diomedes and Glaucos. The entire chapter of Diomedes decimating ranks of Tojans is almost summed up to a few sentances in this audiobook... Very dissapointing.
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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 read along with the audio and its always skipping parts of the books. Maybe because mine says deluxe edition but i would only recommend to people only listening to audio.
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