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
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.
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.
Good story. Reading unobtrusive.
Battlescenes. Long debates. BBQ.
You are able to focus on the story without too much distraction.
100 BBQs on a Beach.
Some of the female characters were voiced lamely.
coming home to an old friend
Achilles, the hero
Priam comes to the Greek camp to beg for the body ofhis son Hector
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.
exciting, engrossing, interesting
The Odyssey and the Aeneid because they deal with the same story.
Just a very good dramatic reading. I am very aware of Derek Jacobi and what a good Shakespearean actor he is.
the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles
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!
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.
The Odyssey for the obvious reason... Its a good war story, great character studies...
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.
When Achilles realizes that he has killed his friend. A proud man understanding the cost of his pride.
It was quite enjoyable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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