The Iliad, the first of Homer's epic poems, tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles's slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks.
In The Odyssey, in his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclopes, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six headed serpent Scylla.
Both epics are translated here by Samuel Butler.
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I had to read the Iliad for Greek History to 336 BC and the Odyssey for Intro to Mythology my first semester as an ancient history major in college and these we're indispensable in terms of saving time of having to read two 1000+ page epics concurrently
Metamorphoses by Ovid and (especially) The Golden Ass by Apuleius, because those are my two favorite works of Latin.
Brad Pitt and Sean Bean in Troy
The description of the battle, the purposes of the battle, the values of the people and the idea that the gods played an active role in favoring some and disfavoring others. This is compelling reading and that is why it has had such staying power in books, movies, poems, and thousands of other writings. One can not be considered to be educated without listening to these stories.
Only the Bible is comparable. The Bible also describes the values of God and the people, describes how conflict causes strife in the world and provides a world view for how people should live. The Bible of course shows that God is rational, good, and provides redemption to His people, unlike the Greek gods who were simply extensions of people with all the faults and arbitrariness of the human being.
Hector was such an honorable figure, and ultimately such a tragic figure since he was killed by an arrogant enemy. We are never sure who the author favors, or who we favor, but clearly Hector was a great man, defending his family and people, but unlike so many of our tales today, this did not have a happy ending.
I was extremely interested in the description of the motivations of the soldiers and the methods the leaders of the two sides used to motivate their soldiers. I was also interested in the descriptions of the tactics used by both sides. I was fascinated how the descriptions of the individual battles during the larger conflict reminded me of how American Indians fought, in a large group of individual hand to hand combat.
Listen to the book, you will find it compelling.
I could never get through the Iliad in school! It was simply too thick with unique names and places and colorful description. But to listen to the story told was marvelous! This story was meant to be spoken. Thanks to Audible I finally have had the joy of experiencing Homer.
Parts of this recording are corrupted, so I wasted my credits. I purchased the Illiad and Oddessey individually. This version gives the cliffnotes version of each book at the beginning.
I read the Iliad and the odyssey in college and loved it. Thought I'd get a different perspective and listen to it on audio. Boy, that was a mistake. The narrator speaks in monotone, I now use it when I want to fall asleep!
Yes. The story was originally told verbally by bards.
Fantastic book and performance! I enjoyed this book so much that I've started digging into more greek and roman literature.
This story could only be narrated by some one like Lescault. He was able to bring the character to life and make the story enjoyable and elegant in every sense of the word.
I only wish to have as many good reader as this man to creat a link between and the glorious past.
Lescault does an excellent job of conveying the tonalities of the different characters, with varying menace, resignation to the Fates, and real humor; and the translation - by Samuel Butler, which is not mentioned in the thumbnail though it is in the full-length description - is very, very good indeed. Subtext can come vividly alive, the great moments when the listener thinks, "Homer can't have intended that twenty-first century implication, can he?" (And of course, that is exactly what he did intend, which is what makes the work speak to us as it does.)
Quality throughout, a wonderful bargain in getting the full work, and lovely to have the unity of recording, translator and performer.
It was hard enough to listen to some of the words used in the book and I wold never have figured out. This starts with the battle of Troy and ends with his journey home. It talks about all the 'stuff' that happens on the home front while people are at war. Well worth the read.
There are a lot of very good political and personal lessons in this epic.
The narrator's voice was pleasant enough, but I never got the impression he was interested in the story. I would be willing to try another book he narrated, but it would certainly have to be more stimulating.
Listening to this was akin to reading the subtitles of a movie, but without the movie itself to hold one's interest. If you have problems with insomnia, this might help.
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