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The Iliad Audiobook

The Iliad

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Publisher's Summary

The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful, and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

As you listen to this great work, you feel yourself to be in the presence of a grandeur that suffuses the very air. There is no question that the poet, whether his name was Homer or not, was one of the supreme artists of all time and all civilizations. But this wonderful piece of poetry is not merely a catalog of events of the Trojan War. Specifically, the poem deals with the bitter dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, and how the Greeks were almost destroyed by their hubris. Hovering about, the Olympian gods watch the unfolding events with keen interest, sometimes lending help and encouragement on one hand, or spreading fear and hatred on the other.

The Iliad is ultimately about the free will of man and his ability or failure to make rational choices in the face of conflict and chaos. Unlike the gods, men must face death, which gives their decisions a spiritual meaning which is absent on Olympus. The great legacy of The Iliad is its shattering revelation of what it means to be human in the face of life's uncertainty and fleeting mortality.

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    Paul Bechter 11-20-15
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    "Top notch"

    This was a really excellent recording and narrator. Very highly recommended. What a glorious book!

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    Susan Fonseca Garcia 09-29-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Narrator - Horrible editing."

    There were awkward pauses, volume would go up and down. Downright bad editing. it's a shame as the narrator did a great job.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Alexandria, VA, United States 02-09-13
    Paul Alexandria, VA, United States 02-09-13
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    "Good translation, bad narrator."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The translation is compelling but the reader distracts the listener with maudlin attempts to imitate female voices.


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    Louis Lexington, MA, USA 05-19-10
    Louis Lexington, MA, USA 05-19-10
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    "This is a wow"

    Minus 1 star for the goofy "music" intros.

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    Cody 06-06-17
    Cody 06-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank God it's not abridged"

    Being unfamiliar with the books ending, I thought it had ended short of the true climax and I had bought the abridged version somehow. That is how it ends however

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    Honest reviewer 01-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging story and excellent recording!"

    Excellent narration with engaging inflected voices. The recording is indeed unabridged and verbatim with Lattimore's translation, despite what some have said. This book is foundational to classical literature and well worth the time invested in listening to it.

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    Craig United States 06-21-16
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    "Great book, terrible recording"

    This was the worst recording I've ever had from Audible. The sound quality was terrible! The volume jumped with nearly every chapter, and not not by small amounts either. The book itself is great and Charlton Griffon does a good performance, but he recording ruined it for me.

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    Cathy M 04-28-16
    Cathy M 04-28-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly Recommended - Skip the Introduction Though"

    They story and narration are both very entertaining. Battle scenes are described most graphic. Great lessons in morality.

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    Buck 04-25-16
    Buck 04-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great overall telling, with a caveat"

    Fantastic reading of the Iliad. Good pacing, very well read. I particularly enjoy the dramatic framing of the chapters with firing music. As has been noted elsewhere, the false female voices were rather odd, if not to say mildly annoying, but this was only a minor problem.

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    Daniel Jo 03-11-16
    Daniel Jo 03-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great audio book, poor editting"

    I regret not having addressed The Iliad until now. It is indeed a classic of literature and despite its age remains strongly engaging. However, if one's only understanding of the story is from popular film and television, one might have false expectations as to the story that The Iliad really tells. It's not about the Trojan War. That's just the backdrop. While details of the war are described and are important, what it really focuses on is Achilles' anger and its consequences. Achilles is the only character with an arc, despite large portions of the story not being directly about him.

    The Iliad is also a great view back into ancient Greek sensibilities. What struck me most was the use of the word "evil." The story features no evil characters. Evil is never described as a human trait or even as a cosmic trait. Evil is what people do. Save for the mortal women, all characters, Gods and human men alike, commit "evils" against someone. Killing is evil as is death. Cheating and beguiling are evil, but simply committing any of these acts does not make anyone wicked. Indeed, all characters both love and are loved, support their comrades and families, and have some measure of nobility to them.

    Charlton Griffin's performance was great. His voice has a sufficiently broad range to cover each any every character without difficulty and he certainly knows how to do that. My first exposure to his voice was through Paradise Lost, though that book had far fewer characters.

    What stops me from giving this audio book a perfect rating is the editing -- which is horrible. There are inexplicably long pauses between segments and the volume changes at random. I eventually learned to reach for the volume knob on my car stereo at the end of each section, setting it to some neutral level. Else I would have either had to strain to hear or be startled by the volume. Had I been listening with headphones, I'd have taken off another star at least.

    Thus, if you have a volume control easily at hand, I would definitely recommend this title. It has been described by many as "Bible" of Greek mythology. It's not quite that, as it covers only a limited number of Greek gods and other mythological figures, but of those it covers it describes them well and makes perfectly clear the relationship mortal men had with them.

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