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    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
    • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The Iliad, together with The Odyssey, is one of two ancient Greek epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer. The work is commonly dated to the 8th or 7th century BC, and many scholars believe it is the oldest extant work of literature in the Greek language, making it the first work of European literature. The story concerns events during the 10th and final year in the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Roman not Greek

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-27-17

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Way of All Flesh

    • By: Samuel Butler
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 130
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      4 out of 5 stars 69
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      4 out of 5 stars 66

    This brilliant satirical novel, tracing the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex, has continued in popularity since its original publication in 1903. Every generation finds in The Way of All Flesh a reaffirmation of youth's rightful struggle against the tyranny of harsh parents and its admirable will for freedom of personal expression.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterpiece&the narrator isn't so bad after all

    • By Eric on 08-15-05

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Way of All Flesh

    • By: Samuel Butler
    • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
    • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 26

    With The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler threw a subversive brick at the smug face of Victorian domesticity. Published in 1903, a year after Butler's death, the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own childhood and youth "in the bosom of a Christian family." With irony, wit, and sometimes rancor, he savaged contemporary values and beliefs, turning inside-out the conventional novel of a family's life through several generations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Dave on 08-06-18

    Regular price: $25.19

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
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      4 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 48

    One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. Too good to be relegated to the dustbin of high-school required reading, the first of Homer's epic poems tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. (Translated by Samuel Butler.)

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?

    • By James M on 12-29-03

    Regular price: $23.80

    • Erewhon

    • By: Samuel Butler
    • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
    • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Setting out to make his fortune in a far-off country, a young traveller discovers the remote and beautiful land of Erewhon, and is given a home among its extraordinarily handsome citizens. But their visitor soon discovers that this seemingly ideal community has its faults - here crime is treated indulgently as a malady to be cured, while illness, poverty, and misfortune are cruelly punished, and all machines have been superstitiously destroyed after a bizarre prophecy.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated by: Roger Rees
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Long considered the world's greatest adventure story, The Odyssey is celebration of life in all its infinite variety. The poem has deeply ingrained in us the sense of life as a journey, introducing a gallery of characters and events that have profoundly influenced western literature. Scylla and Charybdis, Circe, the Lotus Eaters, a visit with the dead, and, through it all, Odysseus's determined search for home, are all here in a classic translation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • mythology

    • By Una on 03-08-15

    Regular price: $15.36

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Samuel Butler - translator
    • Narrated by: Roger Rees
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Originally meant to be heard rather than read, this great epic returns to the oral form for today's listeners.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An impassioned reading

    • By Tad Davis on 08-27-07

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Erewhon

    • By: Samuel Butler Peter
    • Narrated by: Peter Newcombe Joyce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Erewhon is not only an adventure story but also Butler's satirical inversion of English customs and philosophy in the 19th century. The explorer Higgs discovers a well organised and civilised country - apparently idyllic. However, the body politic has two ruling obsessions, disease is considered a crime and machinery is seen as a threat to the supremacy of man.

    Regular price: $17.05

    • The Way of All Flesh

    • By: Samuel Butler
    • Narrated by: Tom Conway
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Abridged
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      2 out of 5 stars 5
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      2 out of 5 stars 5

    The Way of All Flesh is a semi-autobiographical novel by Samuel Butler which attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents a relaxation from the religious outlook from a Calvinistic approach, which is presented as harsh. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published, it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • What is this supposed to be?

    • By Thomas on 11-27-17

    Regular price: $5.96