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The Iliad

Narrated by: Anton Lesser
Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Classics, Greek & Roman
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Perhaps the greatest poem of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of 50 critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent, while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word.
Public Domain (P)2006 Naxos AudioBooks

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Excellent version

The translation by Ian Johnston is immediately accessible without sacrificing the epic forms -- rhythmic metaphors, ritualized repetition, heroic epithets. The reading by Anton Lesser is crisp, clear, and fast-moving. Great job. This being a Naxos audiobook, the only thing missing is music; but once I realized it wasn't there, I didn't miss it: I kept getting caught up in the sweep of the narrative.

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Easy on the ears, food for the mind

I waited for some time before finally braving The Iliad. I was frankly intimidated, assuming (from experience reading other epic poetry) that a good translation would be extremely difficult to listen to and comprehend. I was so wrong!

This translation and this narrator make Homer come alive.

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Great way to enjoy a difficult classic

As a reader who reads for the story itself (vs. how the story is told), the Iliad would have been a difficult read for me given its age and "flowery language", but this format and Lesser's narration make it a very enjoyable experience. If you want to enjoy this classic, this is the way to do it.

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  • MR
  • 04-13-13

the best of the lot

i had tried to listen to other versions of this, many being too mono tone and boring and it had put me off till i started this one and it was brought more to life. it is well read and draws you in to an epic story that at times you just want to keep listening.

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  • David S
  • 07-08-13

Brilliant!

What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

I've read several versions of the Iliad, but I really enjoyed this audiobook version. Anton Lesser's performance in particular really brings the book to life, which made it all the more enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hector would be my favourite character as the Greek heroes tend to be pillocks!

Have you listened to any of Anton Lesser’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not had any other books read by Anton Lesser, but I intend to as I was very impressed with his performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The most moving moment for me would have to be Priam's supplication of Achilles. After his son Hector is killed and dragged back to the Achaean ships to be fed to dogs, Priam goes to his son's killer to beg for his body. The dignity of Priam is brought into sharp relief in this scene as he sits at Achilles' feet and begs for his son's body.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who thinks this is anything like that dreadful film with Brad Pitt is mistaken. The Iliad is a wonderful story that was unfortunately butchered in the film Troy.

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  • Robert Garton
  • 03-22-17

Brilliant !!!

Fantastic performance, wonderful story telling. Really enjoyed it from start to finish. Highly recommend it 👏👏👏👏👏👏

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  • Sarah Hutchinson
  • 06-02-15

Very good for revision

Really good, very useful for revision even though it wasn't the right translation! Highly recommend!!!

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  • David
  • 12-23-12

A good listen

The narration and writing of this ancient story is a good and reasonably-easy listen. The old tales are the best, but it's not often that they can be 'read' and digested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-19

Epic poem made easy and entertaining to listen to

Anton Lesser is a wonderful narrator who really brings the story to life. His crisp delivery, sense of well timed drama, expressive voice and characterisation is superb. It made this so easy and enjoyable to listen to and brought archaic Greece to life. If you are looking for a version of the Iliad to listen to, you won't find better than this. Excellent!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-19

Marvelous narration of this glorious epic

Next ! Ulysses, I've got the bug, I like my audio to be eclectic, Marvelous company on a canal walk

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  • Maximus
  • 05-30-19

Legendary

This story is amazing, a tale of heroes and god's, the Iliad is a timeless Greek legend. Anton Lesser does ana amazing job of narrating it, at first I was skeptical of him but his narration grew on me and I wouldn't listen to it any other way now.

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  • Jane-Anne
  • 08-28-19

Enjoyed this so much

So much easier to listen, for the pronunciation of names and places. This is a great translation and so well read, clearly and with feeling.

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  • Mr M J Emberson
  • 06-23-19

Great Translation and Pace

Lesser keeps it well paced, not too fast or too monotone, and switches his tone for each character, making it easy to remember who’s talking during longer speeches when the mind is prone to wander. Especially liked his mourning Priam. The translation is accessible, but doesn’t detract from the Greek, and perfectly captures scenes dynamically. Good for students and classics enthusiasts alike!!!

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  • Robert Stockton
  • 06-28-18

Good to know!

Not exactly a page turner, but a fascinating look into literary history. It was certainly good enough for me to now deem it necessary to read The Odyssey, which is like a sequel.