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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125,156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon Publisher: Parmenides Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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Here are the most exciting and essential parts of two historic, epic poems: the Iliad and the Odyssey. The ancient words of Homer find a new home in today's world - spoken aloud, just as Homer intended.

Translated by Stanley Lombardo. Introduction by Susan Sarandon.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denk | 2/18/2014

    " I love the story but hate the translation. I wish I had read the Fagles version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura!!!!!! | 2/2/2014

    " I thought it had alot to it but lets face it its all about a battle and war I mean if you like it great for me it was hard to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 1/29/2014

    " Fagles translation is breath-taking, and this truly is a tale for the ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jezza | 1/28/2014

    " I've putting this off for way too long but I finally finished it. My book challenge has really motivated me to make time to just sit in a comfortable space and just dive into books. Anyways. I have a cartoon version of the Iliad, but fortunately I've forgotten the events that happened and in which order so I guess reading the poem made me look deeper into what isn't shown in the movie and the more significant events, like the huge conflict between Agamemnon and Achilles. Not only is there betrayal, there's also a lot of violence and romance. I noticed that there was some obvious foreshadowing. I can't believe the main character dies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan Clark | 1/22/2014

    " At its best, the Iliad was an epic of legendary quality with sympathetic characters as the victims of some divine whim. At its worst, though, this novel dragged by at a page every five minutes, a never-ending slough of Greek names and deaths. Fortunately, these two extremes balanced each other out in the end, making for an experience that was more beneficial than time-wasting. It may have taken some time, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Ryan | 1/21/2014

    " not great by modern prose standards.... but it stretches your mind to understand our world as it was "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Campo | 1/17/2014

    " I love myth and such but i could not read any version of this book i've found. i know all the myth and such i like probably sprang from this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 1/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 1/3/2014

    " I preferred the Odyssey, but this one has its moments as well. Skip the list of ships and armies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Carter McKnight | 12/19/2013

    " A brilliant translation, grippingly readable, an action movie in fluid language. A book to be savored again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danilo Stern-Sapad | 11/27/2013

    " You have to read one of the poetic versions. A lot of the translations are terrible. I have no idea how this particular edition reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/23/2013

    " Wanted to read this ancient classic. Is not a book for girlie girls. This is a book of war, and of dying. Not an easy book for me to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 7/5/2013

    " A little too much gore at times, but I particularly liked reading about the gods' roles in all of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/14/2013

    " Definitely the best translation I've seen so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nameh dah | 5/28/2013

    " Todo en ella se disfruta. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 4/26/2013

    " Re-reading. Different translation this time 'round. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin West | 4/19/2013

    " Actually, I own several other translations, none of them by Fagles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Grasso Lynch | 3/10/2013

    " I taught the illiad to a middle school multiple age special needs class, extremely challenging task, but grew to love it because I was forced to dissect it and understand the mythology and history. Wouldn't have worked so hard if it was for leisure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 8/19/2012

    " Not a story about troy--a story about Achilles and rage. Need to reread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 7/6/2012

    " I didn't understand half of what went on in this book, it just didn't make sense...After reading the Odyssey, this book was just disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 6/22/2012

    " Tough at first but you get used to it. I read the prose version by Samuel Butler and it was pretty easy to follow. Now here in a few months I'm on to the Oddyssey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsi Lupton | 4/16/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol Hardesty | 8/5/2011

    " Not as good as "The Odyssey". It's all blood and guts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/24/2011

    " Epic win ;) get it?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rondell | 5/23/2011

    " i am a big fan of this book . man who goes through a hold lo of advanture just to make it home and when he get home he still got promblems.on his journey home he faces the cyclops the siren chydris and carbdis plus the suitors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 5/22/2011

    " The Lattimore translation is marvelously close to the original, yes, but let’s face it — it’s prose (prose with unjustified right margins). Fitzgerald is correct, even when he takes liberties. And more importantly, his translation is genuinely poetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 5/21/2011

    " Not exactly my cup of tea. Although I am part Greek myself, Greek mythology has never truly held my interest, maybe when I'm older I'll give it another shot, but for now I find the writing and poem great, but Odysseus and his men not quite that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheldon | 5/18/2011

    " I recommend the Lattimore translation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 5/16/2011

    " I read this in college, and didn't enjoy it much. Maybe I need to re-read? Or maybe it's really just not for me.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/16/2011

    " I felt guilty for not liking this more, but I was a bit bored during it. Glad I read it, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " I have taught seven translations of The Odyssey and Fagles has been the most accessible to the students. I still cover the entire book with my freshmen, feeling that through this classic they can learn what great literature is like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kyry | 5/14/2011

    " Hard to read... Kinda boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 5/13/2011

    " I don't need to review this because thousands already have. Good book though. I liked it. Nice and long. Good story. so old its almost part of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/13/2011

    " As Greek and Roman mythology is a favorite of mine, this epic was very entertaining. A great read to understand the action stories of a culture long ago. "

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Author Homer

Although recognized as one of the greatest ancient Greek poets, the life and figure of Homer remains shrouded in mystery. Credited with the authorship of the epic poems Iliad and Odyssey, Homer, if he existed, is believed to have lived during the ninth century BC, and has been identified variously as a Babylonian, an Ithacan, or an Ionian. Regardless of his citizenship, Homer’s poems and speeches played a key role in shaping Greek culture, and Homeric studies remains one of the oldest continuous areas of scholarship, reaching from antiquity through to modern times.