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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (642 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Narrator: Robert Glenister Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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A masterly retelling of Homer's epic poem 'The Iliad' recreates the age of heroes in this spellbinding introduction to the Greek Classics.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen Burrow | 2/20/2014

    " Read this a long time ago, but I always like Sutcliff, so it must have been good. Illustrations by Alan Lee are stunning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James B. | 2/10/2014

    " I was very glad to find this illustrated version that I could read to my children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poiema | 1/24/2014

    " This is a children's version of the Iliad, though not beneath the dignity of an adult. Sutcliff brings the many battle scenes alive in her meticulous telling and is very skilled in her use of vivid imagery. The character development is such that you are able to "see" people as neither good nor bad, but as humans who are capable of either. I think this is especially important in a children's book, because children by nature like to categorize characters in black or white, and literature like this helps them learn that the lines are not so neatly drawn in real life. The themes in this book make for great discussion: honor, betrayal, perseverance, vanity, narcissism, forgiveness, and dignity. A study of ancient Greece is really not complete without dipping into the Iliad and this book served well for my 14 year old daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josette | 1/10/2014

    " I never had to read The Iliad in High School or college, so I really enjoyed this re-telling of the story. Enjoyed discussing it w/ my kids too (warning for lunchtime reading: the description of Achille's exploits w/ the body of Hector did not go well w/ lunch!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/10/2014

    " Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (2005) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaron Bass | 12/30/2013

    " I have never read the Iliad and after reading this younger version of it for children I am going to. I am also going to reread this myself with my children listening. What a wonderful story, I am curious what other Greek stories I have missed out on! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 12/17/2013

    " This is a good retelling of The Illiad for kids "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Hemmeke | 11/29/2013

    " Good retelling of the Iliad for young readers. It's been a while since I read the Iliad, but I sense Sutcliff sticks very close to the text, simplifying nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erskine | 7/13/2013

    " This is a great retelling of Homer's Illiad with beautiful illustrations by Alan Lee. Though written for children, adults will appreciate it as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Bass | 1/25/2013

    " Great, comprehensive, illustrated storybook of the Iliad. I read it for the purpose of seeing if it would be something worth pursuing in my 8th grade mythology unit. I think it would be great, but it would be a tad expensive for a class set. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/28/2012

    " Wonderful children's version of The Iliad. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/8/2012

    " This is a well-illustrated (by Alan Lee) children's version of the _Iliad_. If you want to read the Iliad & Odyssey for the story, then read Lattimore's translations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Peters | 9/17/2012

    " This is the first picture book I have read in decades. It is the childrens version of the Iliad, and the source of knowledge of the Trojan war for all of my children. I decided it was my turn to read it. Rosemary Sutcliff does a great job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anajoy-rusticgirl | 7/10/2012

    " The best retelling of the Illiad I've read so far. Beautiful pictures, I recommend it to everybody! Grade level would be about. 5th-6th, but I really enjoyed it, and it could be a read-aloud to younger grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maari | 3/20/2012

    " a really good book but i know the basic story line so it wasn't much an entertainment for me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Franks | 11/13/2011

    " There's nothing wrong with this book, I'm just not a big fan of the Illiad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Courtney | 7/12/2011

    " Wonderfully readable version for children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 6/26/2011

    " A fine summary of events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/3/2011

    " Beautiful illustrations. Great adaptation - so fun to read this book on a child's level; it preps the mind for the deeper language and imagery that Homer posits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 4/27/2011

    " I like that there was a ton of fighting. I also liked that the Greeks won the Trojan war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaron | 12/22/2010

    " I have never read the Iliad and after reading this younger version of it for children I am going to. I am also going to reread this myself with my children listening. What a wonderful story, I am curious what other Greek stories I have missed out on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 10/14/2010

    " A fine summary of events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anajoy-rusticgirl | 9/29/2010

    " The best retelling of the Illiad I've read so far. Beautiful pictures, I recommend it to everybody! Grade level would be about. 5th-6th, but I really enjoyed it, and it could be a read-aloud to younger grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 9/5/2010

    " This version of the Iliad is oriented towards middle-school aged children. The book is beautifully illustrated and retold in an interesting and very readable prose that spares some but not all of the graphic violence of the original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 6/12/2010

    " I liked the mythology stuff but the battles were kind of boring and I think I pretty much knew the story already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/3/2010

    " I was very glad to find this illustrated version that I could read to my children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 10/18/2009

    " This book is awesome to read aloud - the best re-telling of the Iliad I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/25/2009

    " Good retelling of the Iliad for young readers. It's been a while since I read the Iliad, but I sense Sutcliff sticks very close to the text, simplifying nicely. "

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