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
Most interesting: good story line. Least interesting: narrator
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.
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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 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 love this epic story - I re-read it each year to remind me of my humanity and my infinitesimal existence in the wide world.
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!!
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.
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