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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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One the earliest and greatest epic poems of the Western world, The Iliad tells the story of fifty critical days towards the end of the Trojan war. Achilles has quarrelled with Agamemnon and sulks in his tent while Hector brings his Trojans to the brink of victory; but fate will have the last word. While the heroes fight before the walls of Troy the gods have also drawn up battle lines, and it is their disagreements as much as the heroes' efforts which will decide the conflict.

Despite the poem's antiquity, the very real, human qualities of the protagonists and their dilemmas make The Iliad immediately accessible, especially in the hands of a master story-teller such as Anton Lesser. The Iliad was composed in the eighth century B.C., almost certainly as an oral composition incorporating a number of different stories from a rich poetic tradition of works now lost to us. The identity of Homer has been fiercely but inconclusively debated since ancient times. The Greeks believed he was a single person, and various cities competed for the honour of naming him a citizen. However, nothing reliable is known about him, although some traditions insist that he was blind. The poem was originally designed for recitation on important occasions by a professional bard, at least until the sixth century B.C. when, according to Greek traditions, the Athenian tyrant Peisistratus had the poem written down and codified in a form similar to the work we know today.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Ratzlaff | 2/12/2014

    " Bogs itself down with the combat halfway through, but it's a classic tale. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Axtell | 2/8/2014

    " I feel even worse about this than The Odyssey but really I found this so unspeakably boring! I couldn't finish the thing but I did later read most of the end for study purposes. The language really did not work for me and somehow I didn't relate to any of the characters, no matter how awful their predicaments. Also, the amout of repetition, listings and interruptions in the narrative in order to go off at inappropriate and boring tangents made the whole experience worse for me. In the end I just didn't care for it but it is Homer and there is worse due to the historical interest and so I am giving it two stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denorris | 2/6/2014

    " Good book based off the time, glad I was able to get it now that im older and understand more of what it was as opposed to when I was younger. Never realized how much of it was due to ignorance and intolerance. Hector is kind of useless in the book, he gets so much publicity but never actually wins a fight. It was good and worth the time. I would recommend it to anyone who thinks they know the story from a younger point in their life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan Ayala | 1/26/2014

    " Really entertaining but also can get a little boring and confusing. All the Greek names in this book are difficult to pronounce. This book is for the more experienced readers. i highly recommend this book to anyone. Tells a great hero story and a downfall of a great city. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad Strom | 1/25/2014

    " Gotta be honest I had trouble getting into this one... characters seem so one dimensional "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 1/23/2014

    " What can I say, that hasn't been written in volumes before? This is a blood thirsty read in which, men and women are the toys of the gods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Omur | 1/18/2014

    " Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 1/9/2014

    " i enjoyed the odyssesy more than the iliad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 12/31/2013

    " It was awesome and the fact it is responsible for Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneis (Dido's Lament actually and only when dido's part is sung by Emma Kirkby). "It was awesome" is a really bad review". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muhammad Nusair | 12/25/2013

    " Second time I read the Iliad, but the edition I just finished is the most amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Dimattia | 12/15/2013

    " If you had a great teacher like I did, a Dr. Curtsinger at the University of Dallas, you will understand the pages of genealogies relating to weapons in the midst of killing an enemy. A very underrated book, emphasizing the importance of telling your story to your ancestors. Among other things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 12/5/2013

    " Not always easy to read, but important to read if one is going to have a rounded education in lit across the many years and cultures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepak Kikeri | 11/30/2013

    " Superb, excellent story telling of joke-like Gods and humans!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie | 10/13/2013

    " I love what Fagles does with this translation. I actually read this for a class and we compared certain books in the Lombardo and Fitzgerald translations. They are all three very different reads. I would highly recommend this translation if you've never read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsi Lupton | 7/18/2013

    " Love this timeless story, but as far as this type of dense writing goes, can't say that I actually read this for pleasure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indraneel Sur | 3/19/2013

    " Re-read this over the late summer and fall as necessary preparation for SONG OF ACHILLES; college nostalgia requires me to rank the Fitzgerald translation first in my affection, but this was a fine second. The poem itself is simply amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobias | 3/8/2013

    " Great read. Not a "great book" for no reason. I'd imagine the constant battle scenes would bore some, though. ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas Owen | 3/5/2012

    " Personally, I was very disappointed with the read. I guess for the time, it was a very heavy novel or story, but it led a lot to be desired, and though I consider myself very open minded, it caused me not to think but to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/24/2011

    " Awesome! Read it and then read again. It is a basic to all of western thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Hawker | 12/16/2011

    " A lot more action-packed than "Odyssey" although slightly less poetic in structure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/18/2011

    " Stephen Mitchell translates a classic better than any action flick made in the past 10 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 8/8/2011

    " This is the book that made me decide to be an English teacher "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 7/28/2011

    " I read (and comprehended) the entire poem in Latin. #BAWSE "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 5/20/2011

    " I love both the Fitzgerald and the Lattimore translations. This work is everything. My desert island book, if I were given the desperate situation of only having one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 5/20/2011

    " I read it in greek at school and fortunately my teachers were a little better than the ones teaching the odyssey by Homer. But still I wish we didn't have it as a lesson at school. I believe I would have enjoyed much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " This is one of the best books not written. It was part of an oral tradition like much of the Hebrew/Christian Bible, but more entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina | 5/15/2011

    " Tra i due poemi, il mio preferito. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alford | 5/7/2011

    " I try to read this through at least once a year. Each time is more moving to me then the last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Of Homer's works, the Iliad is my favorite.

    This translation, I think, is the best one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cedar | 5/1/2011

    " I swear if Greeks and the Trojans did not spend so much time scavenging for valuables on the dead and if they took up modern day burial practices the Trojan war would have lasted a year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/28/2011

    " Really good required read if your tiring to catch up on the classics, Read with the Oddssey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. | 4/26/2011

    " I've read this work three times. There is something about the treatment, the language, that gives me a taste of the war. It doesn't feel like an ancient battle. I know these people. I recognize them. They're like me. Only I have to remind myself that this happened a long time ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 4/22/2011

    " I read the Stanley Lombardo translation, which rocked my socks off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/21/2011

    " i don't know what version of The Iliad I read in college, but I loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rei | 4/21/2011

    " wooooooooooooow!!!!!!
    akhirnya beres juga baca buku ini
    wkwkwkwkwk "

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About the Author
Author Homer

Homer (9th or 8th century BC) is the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two greatest epic poems of ancient Greece. Virtually nothing is known about his life. Tradition has it that he was blind. Most scholars believe he composed the Iliad and the Odyssey by relying on oral traditions. Their value lies chiefly in the poetry itself, moving from sublime passages about the gods and heroic exploits to passages expressing deep human emotion.

About the Narrator

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens.