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One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. An immensely influential and compelling epic poem of the Trojan War, with characters whose names have become legendary. 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.)
© (P) 2003 Commuter's Library
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By James M on 12-29-03

Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?

At first I was extremely hesitant to pay so much for an audible title. After carefully considering it I went ahead an made the purchase. I did not regret the expense of this recording one bit.

The narrative was concise and clear. The recording quality was excellent and consistent. There were very few of the annoying changes in the speaker?s volume and tempo that plague so many other recording that can do so much to spoil a work like the Illiad.

Instead the consistent narrative captured the emotion of the work without being campy or maudlin.

The best by far of the Illiad recordings that are available.

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By Ferrell Foster on 12-22-04


In the past, I had bogged down when trying to read The Illiad, but the Audible version helped me wade through the less inspiring portions of the story. The book reminds me of Moby Dick in the sense that the story can get lost in details at times. The pay-off is when you can look back on the completed tale and see that it has taught you something. The only negative to the Audible version is that each book, or chapter, begins with a synopsis of what is going to happen in the chapter as if the reader (listener) will not be able to figure it out. The result is that it takes away some of the excitement and drama.

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By Mark on 04-19-09

An excellent reading

Homer's epics were meant to be listened to, and when read with skill, they add so much to the experience of encountering them. I was impressed with the sustained power of this reading, and after listening at length found myself absorbed into the world. I would like to hear, in the future, an unabridged reading of Robert Fagles' translation, but this one is well worth the money and time spent listening to it. I recommend it heartily.

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By Carolynn on 03-06-07

The Iliad (Unabridged)

I'm putting my review in after listening to the end of part 1 of this book. I have to say it is not by any means the type of book I would normally read, and to be brutally honest only started listening to it because it was a recent Audible 'free listen'.

However, I have to say I am really enjoying it. The long lists of names are a little irritating, but apart from that it is a fascinating book. Thank you Audible - for without you I would never have read /listened to this little gem.

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