As a scholar, Fagles praises Homer's directness and simplicity, the breadth of his imagination, and the power of his song. As a translator, he brilliantly captures these very qualities, which makes this Iliad not only a superb literary work, but a tremendous listening experience.
©1990 Robert Fagles; (P)1991 HighBridge Audio
I have to give this five stars even though it's abridged. Derek Jacobi is one of the best narrators of epic texts around, and Fagles is brilliant. It's worth listening to even if you have another (unabridged) version. (If you don't, I recommend the Anthony Heald reading from Blackstone Audio, recently added to Audible's collection.) The abridgement here is skillfully done, and the omitted portions are summarized by another narrator who quotes some of the omitted text; but I'm greedy, I want Fagles' Homer in its entirety.
Of course the text is magnificent, the characters glorious, sexy, awesome (as in awe inspiring). The translation is easy on the non specialist, and Dereck Jacobi will not disappoint anyone. It's just that the story is SO bloody. They bicker, fight, slaughter, chop off heads, disembowel, maim, defile bodies... through out. Some rare tender moments between Hector and Andromache. But of course one should read the book... not while eating though.
I got this so i could read along with my book for a classics class im taking and got really disappointed and angry when I found out it was the abridged version because nowhere on the books information page did it say that. I really wish it was clearer so one knows if one is only getting part of the book.
This is a classic rendition of an important tale.
The performance is wonderful! The issue I have is that this is abridged from the actual text and I was not aware of this.
Other than this important note, this is a wonderful book!
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