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Publisher's Summary

The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Based on the recent, superb M.L. West edition of the Greek, this Iliad is more accessible and moving than any previous version. Whether it is his exciting recent version of Gilgamesh, with more than 150,000 copies sold, or his unmatched translation of the poet Rilke, still the standard after 29 years, or his Tao Te Ching, which has sold more than 900,000 copies and has itself been translated into six languages, Stephen Mitchell's books are international sensations. Now, thanks to his scholarship and poetic power, which re-creates the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and continual thrust and pull of the original, The Iliad's ancient story bursts vividly into new life and will reach an even larger audience of listeners.

Please note: Book 10, recognized since ancient times as a later addition to the Iliad, has been omitted in this translation.

©2011 Stephen Mitchell (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

“Stephen Mitchell’s magnificent new translation of the Iliad reminds us that there is always a new and different way to read and interpret the great classics, and that they need to be reinvigorated from generation to generation, just as we need to be reminded that they are, however venerated, above all stories: exciting, full of life and great characters, in short great entertainment, not just great monuments of culture or the Western canon. Mr. Mitchell has accomplished this difficult feat wonderfully well, and produced a book which is a joy to read and an Iliad for this generation.” (Michael Korda, D. Litt., author of Hero, Ike, and Ulysses S. Grant)
"Stephen Mitchell has done a marvelous thing here: he has given fresh energy and poetic force to a work that perennially repays our attention. Without the Iliad the West would be a vastly poorer place; Homer’s achievement speaks to every successive generation with its unflinching understanding of the essential tragic nature of life. Mitchell’s translation is a grand accomplishment.” (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion)
"Mitchell’s wonderful new version of the Iliad is a worthy addition to his list of distinguished renditions of the classics.” (Peter Matthiessen)

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  • Richard
  • MADISON, WI, United States
  • 02-20-13

Unabridged....hmmm half way true

Would you try another book from Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) and/or Alfred Molina?

From Homer Yes... Stephen Mitchell

Has The Iliad turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love the Illiad, What turns me of is this book is 1/3 commentary, and the remaining 2/3's appears to be only part of the full Iliad (even taking account of the 'extra' parts).

What does Alfred Molina bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good reader.... like

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yep all of the above

Any additional comments?

This book- dislike not fully the Iliad. Just talking and bits and pieces...Baby Food? don't know..

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Read the story and leave out the commentary. There seemed to be more comment than story

What could Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Just translate the story

How could the performance have been better?

It was slow and monotone

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


Any additional comments?

Thank goodness I could return this to get something better c

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 03-01-12

Buyer Beware

What did you love best about The Iliad?

Alfred Molina's voice is very beautiful.

Any additional comments?

This is not a good translation. It's more fair to call this a modern epic poem abridgement of the Iliad. The tipoff is that weird, weird introduction. The

3 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Euharlee, GA, United States
  • 09-17-12

Didn't finish the story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I would have loved the story if it had all been there. The only reason I marked one star is because thats the lowest it goes.

What was most disappointing about Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) ’s story?

They didn't finish. The book stopped at Hector's burial. Nothing was there about taking Troy or the Trojan Horse. Immensely disappointing.

What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Lots, would have more if the story went to completion

Any additional comments?

Yes put the rest of the story in it. This may be my last purchase from Audible.

5 of 36 people found this review helpful