The Iliad

  • by Robert Fagles
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
  • 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This masterful new verse translation of Homer's classic story of the Trojan War has been hailed by critics as "an astonishing performance" and "a remarkable tour de force." Robert Fagles, chairman of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, brings the energy of contemporary language of this 2,700-year-old epic, while maintaining the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, as well as the impact and nuance of Homer's mesmerizing repeated phrases.As a scholar, Fagles praises Homer's directness and simplicity, the breadth of his imagination, and the power of his song. As a translator, he brilliantly captures these very qualities, which makes this Iliad not only a superb literary work, but a tremendous listening experience.


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Wonderful translation and reading, but abridged

I have to give this five stars even though it's abridged. Derek Jacobi is one of the best narrators of epic texts around, and Fagles is brilliant. It's worth listening to even if you have another (unabridged) version. (If you don't, I recommend the Anthony Heald reading from Blackstone Audio, recently added to Audible's collection.) The abridgement here is skillfully done, and the omitted portions are summarized by another narrator who quotes some of the omitted text; but I'm greedy, I want Fagles' Homer in its entirety.
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- Tad Davis

Please have an unabridged version of favors!

Please have an unabridged version of favors! This one is good but really disappointed it was abridged
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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2008
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books