The Iliad

  • by Homer
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Homer's Iliad can justly be called the world's greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion."Homer is full of merriment, full of open fun and delicate comedy, even farce - as when Ares, wounded, bursts up to Olympus like a bomb. And the divine family! What a delightful natural party: human beings raised a degree or two, but all the same, funnier than that. They are the comic background for the tragedy below - for the story of Achilles is a tragedy - the fiery conflict of a man divided against himself, who in a few short days drops to the lowest hell of savagery, then rises to self-mastery and inward peace." - W.H.D. Rouse

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A good translation and narrator.

I have to disagree with the earlier negative reviews. The translation is the prose translation by W.H.D. Rouse, which is interesting and straightforward. If you are looking for iambic pentameter, the translation to read is Alexander Pope's, which was reprinted in paperback by Penguin within the last few years, but has not been recorded as far as I know. It is great poetry, but much less accurate than Rouse. Rouse may not be the latest and greatest translation out there, but if you are looking for an unabridged recording, this is a good choice. I prefer the Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles translations, but as far as I know they are only available in abridged recordings. The abridged recording of the Lattimore translation is also available from Audible, read by Anthony Quinn, but you are not getting the whole thing.

To me, Nadia May has a fine voice and it is perfectly intelligible to me.
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- J.C.

Odyssey was great but did not finish Iliad

If, like me, you both read and listen to books, select this as a reader, unless you like hearing how each and every man died in the Trojan war. Sorry guys, but I am a woman and just could not listen to how another man died from having a sword thrust into his back and through his blander or whatever (there are over 250 deaths described), no matter how beautiful the telling. I would love an abridged edition, where only the relevant deaths are described. Still, the Iliad is a great book and a must read, just not a “listen”. The narrator and translator were both wonderful, just too much death in one place, too well described (and read) for my tastes.
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- Dr. C.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.