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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18,394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: John Lescault Publisher: Commuter's Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity. If Homer did in fact exist, this supposedly blind poet was from some region of Greek-controlled Asia-Minor and recited his poems at festivals and political assemblies. In this extraordinary two volume audio set, the glorious saga again unfolds, telling the story of courage and magical adventure in Ancient Greece.

The Iliad, the first of Homer's epic poems, tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles's slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks.

In The Odyssey, in his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclopes, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six headed serpent Scylla.

Both epics are translated here by Samuel Butler.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Chatelain | 2/12/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed the Iliad due to the Homer's portrayal of the conflicts between man and the gods, with both even warring amongst themselves. The battle scenes become so visceral, and are fleshed out more when the concept of mortality becomes challenged by the intervention of gods in protecting certain individuals. Homer manages to make the tale seem even more powerful due to the characterization he gives for several prominent mortals and the Olympian gods. The most intriguing part of the Iliad is how the gods, though immortal and distant from humanity, are made to resemble humanity entirely. As a writer, this portrayal seems inspiring since Homer takes these ethereal beings and humanizes them to the point where ti even seems possible for them to die, and form man no less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Fay | 2/9/2014

    " Love this, one of my favorite 'books' of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/27/2014

    " I adore these stories. The remind me of the myths and legends books I read as a child. To read these is a treat, but not for the easy reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/27/2014

    " Classic must-reads; oft-referenced. I found them very engaging - classic mythology, well told. Not a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikkilehnhoff | 1/27/2014

    " I tried, but it was just too much work to try and read these. SLOW!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Dennis | 1/17/2014

    " A very good translation, but I prefer the translation by Richmond Lattimore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs | 1/17/2014

    " very adventerous good for readers in middle school or high school. on a scale of 1-10 i give a ............6 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 1/12/2014

    " Really Good if your into Greak Mythology, but otherwise hard to get through. I am NOT into that stuff. may take it back, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/20/2013

    " I read these in AP English but after reading the Percy Jackson novels I've got to go back and read again! Technically, this belongs on my "To-read" shelf as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ilsa Eruaistaniel | 10/21/2013

    " Read the first 'book' of th Iliad so far, and enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ambika Devi (Amy) | 9/26/2013

    " I feel ready to embark on this journey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lani | 9/15/2013

    " I think I was just too stupid to get it - ugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/14/2013

    " Giving it a 4, but it felt like a 2 since I was translating it as I "read" it over 24 years ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 8/14/2013

    " read in high school. actually, re read in high school. 1st read in summer after 4th grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Razmatus | 3/6/2013

    " read both, a re-read sometime in future thanks to this lovely edition :))) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davy | 2/1/2013

    " The Iliad and The Odyssey are both classic stories. Both I'm glad to have read. However as good as they are they do tend to lag on and on for a long time. It was a good read in some parts but a frustareding long read in other parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystle | 1/31/2013

    " This is a good book and a true classic.It has action,love,and a real hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 1/16/2013

    " Odysseus, the great hero of Troy begins his journey home after ten long years of war, but he and his crew must face many dangers before they will see their beautiful home of Ithaca. A true classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaycee Looney | 12/23/2012

    " I read the Odyssey in high school and because of my love of Greek Mythology, I really enjoyed it. The Iliad was a bit too heavy for me. All of the pages and pages of lineage, yuck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Violet | 12/21/2012

    " Early heroic tales with a moral ending :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Griff | 4/22/2012

    " I love the adventures, the colorful lands and creatures. Vivid language and amazing imagery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsay | 2/6/2012

    " It was required reading, a drudge to get through, but perhaps someday I will give it a second go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 12/4/2011

    " So many family shout-outs, and the action's really slow. Then again, it is a classic... Who really gives a shit if it actually happened, can't we enjoy the story for what it is? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen O. Roehm | 10/26/2011

    " A poetic translation; these epic poems must be read in order. "

  • 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. "

  • 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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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.