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The Iliad Audiobook

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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    Leslie M. 03-17-16
    Leslie M. 03-17-16
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    "Too bad it is abridged"

    Great reading of a Great Book, but there is more to it than this reading.

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    Brianna 03-09-16
    Brianna 03-09-16
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    "Needs book titles and selections"

    it followed the book great - only thing is when your using it as a tool for school it would be helpful to have the books labeled and be able to select them instead of ff and rw all over the place

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    Rajeev A. 02-28-16
    Rajeev A. 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Homer = Fagles + Jacobi"

    I've listened to several versions of the Iliad. This keeps being my favorite. Sometimes I wish it were a complete reading. But more often every it feels like Jacobi's reading (and Tucci's interpolations) of this translation make up for what is missing.

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    Amazon Customer 02-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Book chronology"
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the audio to this translation. However, it would be nice to know what part is what book of the Iliad.As a student, it can come in handy. There are only like six chapters in this audible, where as it can be better to have the same dividing chapters/books like a print book, per chapter. Unless someone has it figured out? Let me know. Thank you!

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    richard kaufmann 01-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed the story and performance!!!"

    I appreciated the options for reading speeds!!! And I appreciated the clear reading style and personality!

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    Charnella 09-06-15
    Charnella 09-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Skips around"

    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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    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.

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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.

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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.


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