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.
(P)2002 Commuters Library
This reckording is at first quite hard to concentrate on. the story can be confusing and the gnarrator monotonic. after a while the listening gets easier although still requiring a good bit of concentration but the story is delivered in a style that makes you believe that that's how it was so
many years ago.
Overall the books are good reads, but the narration is rough. I thought The Iliad was harder to listen to than the Odyssey, but maybe it was just me getting used to the narrator in the second book.
This work suffers from using an old translation that has many archaic words, and which fails to bring across the adventure and excitement of the stories.
The narrator also seems to be merely reading rather than telling a great story.
I've always been curious about these books and it satisfied my curiosity. The Odyssey had more of a story. The Iliad was mostly about fighting which does not interest me at all.
Given the characters simpler names in order to keep track of them. These names were probably simpler in his day.
Hector. Even though he was a brutal warrier, he had a soft side.
No. Many sessions
Worthwhile in the sense of learning (or reminding myself) about Greek mythology and history. But both The Iliad and the Odyssey were written as oral history/ballads, and as such Homer calls out every single character and his/her lineage. It's a bit much. His prose is highly repetitive and there is not much that the narrator can do to make it an enticing listen.
Having had four years of Latin in high school I should have remembered how ponderous the works seem in translation.
Pleasant, a bit bored (hard to make much of Homer), dogged.
Who am I to judge the story of the Iliad, and I've not experienced a variety of translations to compare, but I can say that the reading/narration was not of the quality I've enjoyed on many other Audible books. I give it 1 star because it was so bad in my opinion that I just paid for another version (Susan Sarandon and another reader) :-)
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Isn't this considered one of the 100 greatest books of all time? What does that say for my self esteem? Normally a great book which starts off boring gets better after you have gotten past the first 25 percent of the piece. When does this one get interesting? Maybe it is a joy for people with photographic memories but I don't have one. It feels like a hundred different characters(mortals, gods, half gods, deformed half mortal/half animals) were introduced for me to digest in the first five hours. I'm determined to revisit and try to finish this "classic" but no way do I recommend unless you crave violent incomprehensible plots.
There other versions of Homer's great epics on Audible that are all done by great narrators. I found this to be a stinker and I regret that the low price made me initially buy it.
While this book is considered literary classic, the narrator leaves much to be desired. The up & down volume is a distraction! I want this selection in my library, only because I am a true fan of the classics.
The narrator reminds me of an electronic voice companies used to use to repeat numbers. I have never read these books, but the pace of the reading puts me to sleep. I am sure the books are better than the impression I now have of them, but I will probably never read them now.
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