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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
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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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 02-11-17
    Rachel 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Please have an unabridged version of favors!"

    Please have an unabridged version of favors! This one is good but really disappointed it was abridged

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nic Johnson 07-29-17
    Nic Johnson 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "should not have been abridged"

    It was great all around, Fagel is a great translation and the performance was very affecting, more real than I'd have thought. but it shouldn't have been abridged

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    Ben F. 11-02-16
    Ben F. 11-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "good recording"

    read wonderfully, the reader did a fantastic job breathing life into the characters. I would certainly lyrics recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RIFamily Rhode Island 11-13-17
    RIFamily Rhode Island 11-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent... but beware: This version IS abridged."

    Robert Fagles' translation of the Iliad is one of today's standards. And it was my desire to argument my initial reading of this classic by listening to the text after having first read it on my own, thereby picking up nuances that I might have otherwise missed. Derek Jacobi's narration is currently the only available reading of Fagles' translation, and I must note at once that his reading is truly outstanding. Mr. Jacobi brings life and action to Homer's words, and his pronunciation of the various Greek names is very impressive and much appreciated. The production quality is excellent.

    However, this IS an abridged version of the Iliad. I do very much appreciate the manner in which the story was handled: Mr. Jacobi is the narrator when reading Fagles' translation. For those parts that are abridged, Ms. Maria Tucci takes over, and provides a summary of the poem that is being abridged. This is especially nice in that the listener knows exactly what is being read and what is being summarized. And I do appreciate that even the summary is made up of lines from the poem.

    What is being abridged? Generally the chapters associated with long (chapter wide) descriptions of war scenes that add little to the main plot (but were surely very exciting when the poem was being recited before an audience just waiting for the "action" to start). But don't worry... there are still plenty lines of poetry that describe the warfare. On several occasions Homer digresses to relate backstories of some of the Gods, that again have little to do with the primary plot of the poem; these digressions were generally quietly overlooked. I would estimate that the full text was abridged about 15% to 20%.

    So, if you are looking for the complete reading of Fagles' translation of the Iliad, you may be a little disappointed. However, if your intent is to listen to order to get the a good first time view of the original Iliad, I think most will be very pleased.

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    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 11-04-17
    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 11-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Both performance and translation are stunning. The Iliad is a moving, maddening, living work, speaking to our current situation across the centuries

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    Hope Camarillo, CA 10-26-17
    Hope Camarillo, CA 10-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    I tried reading the Iliad along with the audible but the Iliad used books and the audible used chapters that didn't aline together.

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    Austin 09-28-17
    Austin 09-28-17
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    "The recording is good, but no chapter selection"

    You aren't able to select chapters to start the recording on, it only gives 8 chapters when there are 20 in the book, making it nearly impossible to start listening unless you do listen beginning to end.

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    Kimberly Strauss 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "TERRIBLE"

    the audiobook did not follow the lines of the story at all. all in all the audiobook was completely terrible and i feel like i am wasting my time and money

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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