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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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    john SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-17-12
    john SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States 10-17-12
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Esther Waltham, MA, United States 10-08-12
    Esther Waltham, MA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very nice"
    What did you love best about The Iliad?

    coming home to an old friend


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Achilles, the hero


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

    Priam comes to the Greek camp to beg for the body ofhis son Hector


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that an unabridged audiobook would have so many edits. I have the print paperback of this translation and noticed that what Maria Tucci reads is rewritten and generally shortened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne Houston, Tx, United States 10-01-12
    Jeanne Houston, Tx, United States 10-01-12
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    "excellent reading of the Iliad"
    If you could sum up The Iliad in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, engrossing, interesting


    What other book might you compare The Iliad to and why?

    The Odyssey and the Aeneid because they deal with the same story.


    What does Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just a very good dramatic reading. I am very aware of Derek Jacobi and what a good Shakespearean actor he is.


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

    the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that the Iliad stopped at Book 8! I was going to use the book for my students to hear Achilles' speech in Book 9!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Saint Louis, MO, United States 10-01-12
    William Saint Louis, MO, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent on all points!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iliad to be better than the print version?

    I consider this to be an apples and oranges question. I will say, however that I spend a lot of Time driving, which is when I tend to listen to audiobooks, and reading a print book is difficult while one is driving.


    What other book might you compare The Iliad to and why?

    The Odyssey for the obvious reason... Its a good war story, great character studies...


    What does Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    English accents? I tend to read things with an American accent, being an American, but the classics in British is a long tradition. They do a very good job.


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

    When Achilles realizes that he has killed his friend. A proud man understanding the cost of his pride.


    Any additional comments?

    It was quite enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cara Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Cara Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-13-12
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    "Better than I imagined!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iliad to be better than the print version?

    I started reading the print version of The Iliad for a book club and I was having troubles getting through all the battle scenes. Listening to the audio edition was much easier.


    What does Derek Jacobi and Maria Tucci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm able to understand the pronunciation of all the character's names much easier. Also, there are a few times when, in reading the print version, it seemed to go from first person to third. Listening to Derek Jacobi narrate those parts made me understand why.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Butera Providence, RI 08-13-12
    G. Butera Providence, RI 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An incomparable reading! Jacobi is brilliant."
    Where does The Iliad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This recording of the Iliad is the best recorded book I've ever listened to. Sir Derek Jacobi is brilliant! He brings the text to life in a way no other narrator I've ever listened to has brought any other book to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hector. His nobility and devotion to Troy, his love for his family and his willingness to put the good of others before his own, is deeply inspiring. And although he is beastly in his wrath, Achilles is realized with such power and understanding by the combined forces of Homer's poetry and Jacobi's inspired reading that it's impossible not to fascinated by him, as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul SHOREWOOD, WI, United States 07-27-12
    Paul SHOREWOOD, WI, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Unabridged"

    This is an abridged version of the Fagles translation. It would be nice for Audible to correct the description in the listing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Ventura, CA, United States 02-03-12
    Leslie Ventura, CA, United States 02-03-12
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    "Sweeping!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

    I was thrilled by the panoramic and muscular introduction that gave the listener a sense of where this story takes place in Greek mythology and history.


    Any additional comments?

    The translation was easy to follow, an English that seemed modern but that still gave the power and rhythm of heroic tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael MILLBRAE, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-07-13
    Michael MILLBRAE, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-07-13
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    "Not what it said it would be..."
    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook was marketed as "unabridged", but it was so cut up, that I missed whole chunks of the book as I listened to it. It is no where close to the actual book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hustito LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, United States 09-07-11
    hustito LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, United States 09-07-11
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    "Should have explained what "Unabridged" means -_-"

    I was having a hard time reading this book for my honors class and I was so excited that i was able to find it on audiobook to put on my ipod but then i realized ,onced i listened to it, that it didnt go thru every chapter and It didnt read word for word. I wish it explained it in the first place. But then It goes over main points and i believe that it will be very useful.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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