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The Iliad Audiobook

The Iliad

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Publisher's Summary

This masterful new verse translation of Homer's classic story of the Trojan War has been hailed by critics as "an astonishing performance" and "a remarkable tour de force." Robert Fagles, chairman of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, brings the energy of contemporary language of this 2,700-year-old epic, while maintaining the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, as well as the impact and nuance of Homer's mesmerizing repeated phrases.

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

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    Tad Davis 11-16-08
    Tad Davis 11-16-08
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    "Wonderful translation and reading, but abridged"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ben F. 11-02-16
    Ben F. 11-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    read wonderfully, the reader did a fantastic job breathing life into the characters. I would certainly lyrics recommend

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    Nyjawah 10-31-16
    Nyjawah 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome?"

    awesome through and through...just wish that it is all 24 books. Either way still great

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    Lorena Holmstead 10-14-16
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    "Classic"

    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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    A reader New York 07-14-09
    A reader New York 07-14-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Blood all over"

    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.

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