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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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    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 12-11-11
    Wolfpacker Memphis, TN 12-11-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Translation and Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iliad to be better than the print version?

    I truly enjoyed this experience with The Iliad more than my previous couple of attempts at it (only one of which I got all of the way through.) This translation is so much more engaging than the previous ones which tried too hard to force a poetic meter to the story. Listening on audio with a skilled reader like Derek Jacobi was a real pleasure. The excitement of the story came through so well. Try this version of The Iliad.


    1 of 1 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 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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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 2008
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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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    Donald 09-12-14
    Donald 09-12-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Kesha M. Pate LaPorte, Indiana United States 11-23-13
    Kesha M. Pate LaPorte, Indiana United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great but..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timo Antwerpen, Belgium 01-30-13
    Timo Antwerpen, Belgium 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "well worth your time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

    Good story. Reading unobtrusive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iliad?

    Battlescenes. Long debates. BBQ.


    What about Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci ’s performance did you like?

    You are able to focus on the story without too much distraction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    100 BBQs on a Beach.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the female characters were voiced lamely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Van Marysville, WA, United States 10-29-12
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    "The Iliads Splender"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iliad to be better than the print version?

    No, but the story tellers did a magnificent job in their telling of the timeless classic. This book gives you everything suspence, drama, hardship, the tellers helped bring it to life in a way just reading it can't!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rage of Achilles!


    What about Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci ’s performance did you like?

    They kept their telling in line with the original, but added their own flare to it!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part when Achilles is talking with King Priam, and Priam is asking Achilles for his son body back, (Hector)!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Everybody should read it, or at the very least listen to it! Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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