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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.

    10 of 10 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

    3 of 3 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
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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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    Tasha Withina 01-31-17
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    "Didn't know it was an abridged version"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got this so i could read along with my book for a classics class im taking and got really disappointed and angry when I found out it was the abridged version because nowhere on the books information page did it say that. I really wish it was clearer so one knows if one is only getting part of the book.


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    Mike 07-01-17
    Mike 07-01-17
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    "Great Translation! Just know what you are getting."

    An excellent performance with an excellent translation. This translation by Fagles is a more modern and easy to understand translation, but one that also stays close to the original text. It is amazing how well much of the story flows and is easy to listen with this good translation, even though it is thousands of years old. Don't, of course, expect a modern novel either. There is some abridgement with brief, helpful explanations when it occurs, which I personally feel is sad. I, like many others, would totally have paid for and listen to an unabridged version of this great translation, but the most essential parts of the story are still retained. However, if you are familiar with the general story of the Trojan war, there are some things you should probably know beforehand about the story, which I mention below. SPOlLER ALERT! The Illiad poem does not actually tell the whole story of the Trojan war, and does not include a thorough account of the start of the war as well as much account of the end of the war. The story ends with the funeral of Hector and does not detail the famous Trojan Horse, the sacking of Troy, or the dramatic death of Achilles, which is all told elsewhere. However this is still an amazing, worthwhile, and historic listen!

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    Ron Peters 04-25-17
    Ron Peters 04-25-17

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    "Excellent but abridged"
    Any additional comments?

    Somehow I didn't notice that this is an abridged version. Dazzled by the thought of listening to Derek Jacobi I suppose! :-) It's wonderfully well read and an excellent translation. Too bad it ain't all there!

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    Nyjawah 10-31-16
    Nyjawah 10-31-16 Member Since 2017
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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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