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Download Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography: Books That Changed the World Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alberto Manguel Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN:
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No one knows if there was a man named Homer, but there is little doubt that the epic poems assembled under his name form the cornerstone of Western literature. The Iliad and The Odyssey, with their incomparable tales of the Trojan War, Achilles, Ulysses and Penelope, the Cyclops, the beautiful Helen of Troy, and the petulant gods, are familiar to most people because they are so pervasive. They have fed our imaginations for over two-and-a-half millennia, inspiring everyone from Plato to Virgil, Pope to Joyce, Dante to Wolfgang Petersen.

In this graceful and sweeping addition to the Books that Changed the World series, Alberto Manguel traces the lineage of these epic poems. He considers their original purpose, either as allegory or record of history; surveys the challenges the pagan poems presented to the early Christian world; and traces their spread after the Reformation. Following Homer through the greatest literature ever created, Manguel's book above all delights in the poems themselves, the primordial spring without which there would have been no culture. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/29/2013

    " A great general source book for those interested in the two great books of literature. Mangual has a keen observation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/30/2013

    " I think I have a book crush on Alberto Manguel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janin | 2/14/2013

    " People more brilliant that I will ever be, looking in depth at Homer's Epic Poems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aradweb Aradweb Adil | 5/29/2012

    " If it is to hard to go through Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, then just grab this book. It is not just about the Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey Biography but can be a quick references to all the book chapters in both book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 5/22/2012

    " Fairly interesting. Not great. It was fun to remember the books, though, and dig a little deeper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd Eckman | 2/24/2012

    " WAY over my head! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Chambers | 1/6/2012

    " This Biography ofHomer by Alberto Manguel was well written and extensive. It gave a true and complete history of literature and history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 8/19/2011

    " I consider these books to be over rated for their literary value. I recognize their importance in history, and religion, and the way literature has advanced/ However, I do not feel that they are piratically well written and I don;t consider them among the greats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/28/2011

    " A great general source book for those interested in the two great books of literature. Mangual has a keen observation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aradweb | 9/29/2010

    " If it is to hard to go through Iliad translated by Robert Fagles, then just grab this book. It is not just about the Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey Biography but can be a quick references to all the book chapters in both book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 4/2/2009

    " I think I have a book crush on Alberto Manguel. "

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About the Author
Author Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel is internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor; he is also the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Canada in 1982, and now lives in France, where he was named an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.