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The Iliad Audiobook

The Iliad

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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

What the Critics Say

“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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    Blueluv 04-28-15
    Blueluv 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Hard and arduous I've tried to read this before, but this read like butter. Extraordinary. Look forward to reading Mitchell's translation of other works!

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Masterpiece!"

    If you have never fallen in love with The Iliad, please listen to this right now, and hear the story the way the ancient Greeks did. Enthralling story telling about the human experience, not just a war book. And the narrator is a master, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Allen San Francisco, CA USA 03-17-15
    C. Allen San Francisco, CA USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Truly a Brilliant Modern Translation"
    Where does The Iliad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Quite high up among the books I have listened to so far. (and there have been many scores).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iliad?

    When Achilles learns that Patroclus is dead, his grief, the funeral pyre for his fiend and lover. All this then followed by Achilles' killing rage against Hector and his desecration of Hector's body dragged around the walls of Troy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The desperate battle of the Greeks when they are driven back to their ships by the Trojans and nearly overrun.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, far too long. This book should be listened to is parts like it was sung.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many translations of Homer's The Iliad. I did not think Richard Lattimore's translation could be bettered but Stephen Mitchell achieved that with a truly inspired translation. The text is in clear English, not overblow, not overly poetic, but quite rich, imaginatively strong and noble as befits this epic; an epic which continues to be read all over the world and has been for thousands of years because it is the foundation of one of the greatest civilizations ever know to the world - the Greeks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 01-01-14
    Emily Bozeman, MT, United States 01-01-14
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    "awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Molina's reading of this classic is just spell binding. I could listen to the way he pronounces the Greek names endlessly!


    What did you like best about this story?

    gods vs man, man vs man, gods vs gods. Timeless


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    really all of them


    Any additional comments?

    skip the incredibly long, pedantic chapters by the translator....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Warren 07-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "As Expected"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Iliad to be better than the print version?

    At times- its a little harder to skip through pages of very descriptive killing. I did that reading a different translation. The Iliad, as beautiful as it is, can be quite long winded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character arch types of Hector and Achilles. One fights for honor and defending his people. One fights for revenge and glory. Both become famous. Both die in the same war. It sends a message of means over the ends. Its the journey not the destination. It highlights human nature and makes me question who I am and what I want to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hector speech about the inevitability of death and encouragement to fight. It reminded me of the Braveheart freedom speech. Braveheart may have borrowed from it.


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    Edith D. Murphy Boston, MA 01-08-17
    Edith D. Murphy Boston, MA 01-08-17

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    "So well read by Mr. Molina!"

    It was a great pleasure to listen and read along with the book. Stephen Michell produced a fine, even beautiful translation.

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    Josh 07-14-16
    Josh 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it"

    Alfred Molina performs incredibly. Great experience. Great story. Odyssey comes next with Ian McKellen, cannot wait.

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    Robert in SFO 09-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fabulous translation..."

    ...and the the narrator was magnificent. the poetry was uplifting despite all the bloodshed. I cannot imagine a better way to read this classic than with this performance. It was originally meant to be read aloud. this version does it justice.

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    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Richard Sacramento, CA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Returning to the classics: this was a great choice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

    The music in the wording was enjoyable. As soon as I finished, I had to go immediately to the Odyssey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned what Homer said and not what Hollywood’s distortions


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    Achilles


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was exhilarating and heightened my imagination. I’m eager to find additional classics from the period.


    Any additional comments?

    It is kind of fun to revisit all the books I should have read in school.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard MADISON, WI, United States 02-20-13
    Richard MADISON, WI, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "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 ....no...


    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?

    Homer-Like
    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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