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First impression of this audio book is Alfred Molena's butter smooth voice and British accent. It is simply and beautifully read and an absolute pleasure to listen to. This is my first encounter with the Illiad so I can't compare the translation, but found it thoroughly accessible and engaging. As for the story itself, in a word, gruelling. Not in a negative way but this is, if you like, 'R rated' reading for the violence. But the macchinations and quarrels of gods and men are intriguing and Homer's use of imagery is delightful.
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Would you try another book written by Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) or narrated by Alfred Molina?
Stephen Mitchell, Yes, Homer, not so much. Alfred Molina was delightful.
Would you ever listen to anything by Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) again?
Stephen Mitchell's translations of the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching are amongst my most prized possessions. I would read a shopping list by Mitchell, and bought this book on the strength of that. Unfortunately, whilst the text was beautifully written, I found the fighting and mayhem tedious. It was like a Shoot-em-up movie's car chase that just went on and on and on, and you find yourself going off to the fridge to get another beer. It could handle a good abridging, I suppose. Then again, parts of the story were most touching and wonderful.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Probably the various scenes of the gods discussing the battle and their strategies. Moments of reflection on the part of Achilles were also wonderfully written.
Do you think The Iliad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I think Homer did that with the Odyssey, didn't he?
Any additional comments?
I was in equal parts delighted and bored stiff. It was the best of books, it was the worst of books. I accept that that is probably just a poor reflection on my cultural development, but there you go. Joe Ordinary, beware.
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A wonderful translation of Homer's epic poem read by Alfred Molina, but for me the best thing was translator Stephen Mitchell's long introduction on what makes this book such a Classic. Inspirational!
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