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Publisher's Summary

In this brilliant translation, Robert Fagles brings the vigor of contemporary language to Homer's 2,700-year-old tale. The result, the winner of the 1991 Academy of American Poets Landon Translation Award, is a wonderfully accessible Iliad that preserves every nuance of Homer's genius. The story begins when Paris, son of Priam, King of Troy, carries off the beautiful Helen, thereby precipitating the bitter Trojan War. The Achaean princes attack Troy in order to recover Helen. This great epic poem, attributed to Homer, deals also with the anger of the hero, Achilles, who has been slighted by the great general, Agamemnon. Derek Jacobi, perhaps best known for his performance in the title role of the celebrated Masterpiece Theatre presentation of I, Claudius, brings the rich and powerful poetry vibrantly to life.

©1990 Robert Fagles (translation) (P)1992 Penguin-HighBridge Audio; 1992 Penguin-HighBridge Audio, Packaging ©

Critic Reviews

"...eloquent, rhythmical, and full of power." (Jasper Griffin, Oxford University)

"A remarkable tour de force...." (Maynard Mack, Yale University)

"Astonishing.... This should now become the standard translation for a new generation." (Peter Levi)

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Two different narrators is annoying...

The narrator for the majority of the story is wonderful. But every fifteen to thirty minutes a different narrator comes in and reads a short excerpt. It's almost as if they forgot to record the whole book in the original session and had to add portions back in. It is annoying at first and only gets more so as the book goes on.

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Not full review

Book is not full....!!!!!!!!
How can an incomplete book be uploaded????
Really disappointed...!!!!
Wasted my credit...!!!

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NOT A FULL VERSION

THIS VERSION SKIPS AROUND IM SO FRUSTRATED. it’s hard to follow end it doesn’t even married the entire book

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Intriguing and full of action but audible skipped some books or chapters from the written version

I checked out The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles from my public library to follow along with audible. However, I realized that a few books or chapters were skipped and I had a hard time finding my place again. Maria would read tidbits and I didn’t know what script she was reading from and then it jumped back to Derek. The chapters listed on audible did not correspond to the written epic. Although book and movie versions often vary in some aspects, from watching the movie Troy, the epic and audible version ended with the burial of Hector instead of what was shown in Troy with Achilles receiving arrows while trying to save Briseis. I wish everything was read and corresponded to the appropriate chapters; however, I’m glad I was able to finish this epic in 3 days with the help of audible.

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Abridged

Heavily edited, cannot follow along with the claimed Fagles translation. Disappointing and confusing. Printed translation very highly recommended but Audible version deceptively described.

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Droll narration

Very undynamic, tune-out narration. When the battles sound the same as Nestor's prattling, you've an issue.

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terrible

the narrator skips parts. You aren't really able to follow along because of it .

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The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles

The audio book is very nice with all the dramatization but it skips chunks of the book making it hard to follow along. At one point I couldn’t find where the narrator was and it makes you not even want to listen any more. The book is huge but I’m just going to read it myself.

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I Had Such Hope

I loved the Odyssey, and I had hoped that The Iliad would be just as entertaining. It was not. I didn’t see much of a story arc at all, just a bunch of scheming by the gods and men. I suggest reading the cliff notes and jumping straight into The Odyssey.

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Bit dissapointed

Well for sure I’m a homer neophyte but I’ve just finished listening to the rouse translation unabridged which I understand is a Prose translation so in order to ‘go deeper’ into homerville I felt obligated to listen to one of the classic poetry translations (fagles, Lattimore etc) but in this case the story is clearly abridged and I feel the prose does does not have the gravitas of the rouse version. Additionally I feel completely cheated when we wizz through hours and hours of battle in 10mins !