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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: Anthony Heald Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Homer’s Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

“Homer is full of merriment, full of open fun and delicate comedy, even farce—as when Ares, wounded, bursts up to Olympus like a bomb. And the divine family! What a delightful natural party: human beings raised a degree or two, but all the same, funnier than that. They are the comic background for the tragedy below—for the story of Achilles is a tragedy—the fiery conflict of a man divided against himself, who in a few short days drops to the lowest hell of savagery, then rises to self-mastery and inward peace.”—W.H.D. Rouse

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Without the Iliad the West would be a vastly poorer place; Homer’s achievement speaks to every successive generation with its unflinching understanding of the essential tragic nature of life.”

    Jon Meacham, author of American Lion

  • Iliad is a powerful statement of what it means to be human in the middle of vast and senseless bloodshed.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The classic epics were the original audiobooks, and the power of the Iliad, undiminished over the centuries, comes over best in a spoken reading. Anthony Heald brings vigor and freshness to this rendition, and the pacing and clarity of his articulation are excellent, both in conveying the poetic quality of the lines and in maintaining the narrative flow of the storytelling. His narrative line is simple, direct, and tense, and this fine production makes clear why the Iliad stands up beside any narrative of war and men in arms, ancient or modern. Invigorating in both content and meter, this is an excellent title for extended activity—walking, driving, doing yard work.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Despina | 2/18/2014

    " Loved it when we read it at school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason Brent | 2/16/2014

    " i read the fitzgerald version, not the fagles one. i have been living a lie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chelsea | 2/8/2014

    " Just picked this up at the age of fifteen and really loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Ratzlaff | 2/7/2014

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

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