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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125,183 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elise Broach, Homer, Robert Fitzgerald, Dan Stevens Narrator: Jeremy Davidson, Dan Stevens Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781427251558
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“Anger be now your song, immortal one,
Akhilleus’ anger, doomed and ruinous,
that caused the Akhaians loss on bitter loss
and crowded brave souls into the undergloom,
leaving so many dead men—carrion
for dogs and birds; and the will of Zeus was done.”
—Lines 1-6

Since it was first published more than twenty-five years ago, Robert Fitzgerald’s prizewinning translation of Homer’s battle epic has become a classic in its own right: a standard against which all other versions of The Iliad are compared. Fitzgerald’s work is accessible, ironic, faithful, written in a swift vernacular blank verse.

This definitive translation of Homer’s epic is timeless in its authority and always fresh in its vivid rendering of the preeminent war story of the Western world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fitzgerald's smooth, musical verse is perfectly matched in this performance by the light, honeyed tones of Dan Stevens, the British actor who played Matthew Crawley in the first three seasons of "Downton Abbey." Stevens has beautiful, clear articulation, and wonderful pacing, and he really seems to enjoy the poetry of the words. I confess that I could listen to him all day. The Boston Globe

  • The lightness of Fitzgerald's touch, his almost conversational poetry, is well suited to the spoken word and to an audio version. His translation is in turn well served by the audio production... The reader is the talented actor Dan Stevens… his tone is not conventionally ‘bardic,' which is to say not dark, ponderous or declamatory, but rather young, bright and noble – as if King Harry had decided to deliver Homer instead of his St. Crispin's Day speech. The epics conjure a shimmering cast of some of the most memorable characters in all of literature... Stevens does a fine job of evoking each character distinctly... his readings play like time-honored storytelling, cozy and accessible. The New York Times

  • “Mr. Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • ‘Makes Homer live as never before.”

    Library Journal

  • “One recognizable characteristic of The Iliad in any translation is its extensive dialogue. Every character, mortal or otherwise, has something to say—and it’s usually a lot. Dan Stevens has a gift for dialogue, so it’s little surprise that his performance of this title is highly enjoyable. Whether listeners are familiar with the genre or coming to it cold, Stevens takes Robert Fitzgerald’s translation and becomes a one-man show, making it accessible and exciting…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Classics
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason Prodinsky | 2/20/2014

    " I wanted to read some classics so I tried this one. About the time he was listing the 20 armies on each side and their lineage etc., I said screw it. I understand epic stories were the thing back then, but I have a hard time keeping focus when there's an overabundance of non-essestial detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tsing Lin | 2/19/2014

    " So far Achilles is just ignoring the king and I thought Hector would kill all the Greeks since he's practically immortal because of Zeus, but then Achilles then decided to join since his friend got killed, he slayed Hector brutally, but I don't really know what will happen next since Zeus is really, really mad. But then Paris hatched out a plan to kill Achilles and succeeded, overall tis book is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Pennellatore | 2/17/2014

    " I'm a Latin and mythology nerd. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry Tikkanen | 2/16/2014

    " Classic mythology at it's finest. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chungsoo Lee | 2/16/2014

    " The classic that defines the Western world and civilization-- a book of war, violence, glorification of heroes in war, culminating at the end with the battle between Hector and Achilles, and about the pain and suffering endured by Hector's father, mother, and his wife at the cruel slaughter of Hector and mutilation of his body. Despite the war and agony, the civility is maintained, as when Trojan King Priam (Hector's father) is received warmly and respectfully by Achilles and was able to dine with the latter; or when the dead are properly buried or rather burned at the pyre; or when the comrade is properly and proportionally avenged (as Achilles did for Patroclus in killing and mutilating Hector). Thus the Greek ideal of civility is illustrated and exemplified in the midst of, and perhaps because of, horror and pain of war. After all, did not Heraclitus say: "War is father of all..."? Indeed, beings " are at war with one another and are thus together," as Levinas paraphrases it. War is said to accentuate the strength, skills, and valor of the heroes; that strife sets apart the exceptional ones from the indistinguishable masses. Nietzsche was keenly aware of the Greek infatuation with crusty when he said: "Thus the Greeks.. have a trait of cruelty, a tigerish lust to annihilate... [...] Why did the whole Greek world exult over the combat scenes of the Iliad?..." (from "Homer's Contest," 1873). Achilles summed it up very well: that we are left to suffer and die by the gods who themselves do not face death. We live in pain and suffering for gods' sport, as another Greek poet said. The purported reason for the war, Helen, is only cursorily mentioned; like the existence of the snake that tempts Eve in the Garden of Eden. The reason for human suffering is not at all addressed or explained; because life is suffering--albeit for gods' entertainment; and because the origin of evil cannot be explained. Tracing evil to gods' devious plots does not work either; because gods themselves are persuaded and deceived by other gods and humans in what it all seems to be a human drama. Gods' intervention only seems to prolong the war (as Apollo protects Troy and Zeus sides with the invading Achaeans) and thus prolonging human suffering. Perhaps, the Greeks should be commended for gripping the harsh reality as such with no comedy--for facing crucifixion head on without resurrection. But is reality at bottom war? Does not goodness precede being exceeding dignity and power, as Plato said who undoubtedly read Homer? There is another path at the heart of the Western (and all) civilization(s). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabi | 2/12/2014

    " I'm not very far into this book, i'm only up to page 25 but i know that the movie Troy is based on this book and so i'm sure it'll be really interesting because i absolutely loved Troy and find all greek mythology fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brad Strom | 2/10/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L.M. Fields | 2/10/2014

    " I couldn't get enough of this... love it so much. Always will! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Laplume | 2/9/2014

    " Robert Graves' Anger of Achilles is a pretty good modern translation. (For some reason Good Reads redirects that version to this version.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/2/2014

    " Heavy duty, but it must be done. Widen your perspective; learn more about the world and how we got to where we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Dennis | 2/1/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 2/1/2014

    " Tried twice to make it through, just didn't enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/26/2014

    " So glad that my book club decided to tackle this. It was worth every minute spent reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ranita Terroe | 1/26/2014

    " I value this book a lot, due to the fact that it was written centuries ago. However, I am not a fan of Greek mythology. I find it really vague and draggy. The Illiad taught me a lot of literary devices, though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2014

    " Better than what I expected. Got boring in some places but overall it was good for a summer reading book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Axtell | 1/25/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jovan Vukadinović | 1/21/2014

    " I understand love, but that isn't love, it's selfishness... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Brewer | 1/21/2014

    " Another classic that I skipped in favor of the Cliff Notes in high school, only to read cover to cover as an adult. The original was much better than the cliff notes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kolan | 1/19/2014

    " Believe I was 12 or 13 when read this -at the time I LOVED greek and roman myths! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett Dunnington | 1/18/2014

    " These correspond so well with one another (The Odyssey) that they can be read in any order. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angharad | 1/17/2014

    " This only gets 2 stars, sadly, because the translation I had (the Penguin one - note, do NOT buy Penguin translations, Oxford World Classics is far superior) was horrifically repetitive. This may be the case in other translations anyway, and actually, though I wrote essays and exams on it, I only got up to chapter 14. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 1/16/2014

    " The Iliad is by far the hardest book that I have ever read. This book is masterfully crafted and dynamic in it's own way. Everything about this book just makes you think and rethink what you have already thought! No one will be able to read this book just once and understand everything that it entails. My favorite part of this book is the role that Achilles plays. Imagine a hero, that is practically unstoppable. Everything about him is just unbeatable. From the way that he battles, to the way that he speaks, even with the way that he carries himself. Achilles is overall one of the most interesting characters that I have ever read about. Overall, this book is very difficult to read, but I highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hara Cynthia | 1/16/2014

    " So far, I'm trying hard not to confuse the names of the characters in the plot. There are so many! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hara Cynthia | 1/14/2014

    " So far, I'm trying hard not to confuse the names of the characters in the plot. There are so many! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summer | 1/9/2014

    " I can't find the version I read. Its penguin books The Iliad translated by E.V. Rieu 1956 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/8/2014

    " Very good. Difficult to follow. The spark notes got me through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 1/7/2014

    " On my second time reading the Iliad I enjoyed it a lot more than the first. Sure it was lengthy, but everything that was included gave the story more depth and made it more real. A great read for those who want to read an epic about honor, mortality, and war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Geiger | 1/4/2014

    " Fagles's Iliad and Odyssey are singular triumphs of translation. Fagles has managed to preserve the urgency, rhythm, and structure of Homeric Greek in English. Read them over and again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandi | 12/30/2013

    " Tried twice to make it through, just didn't enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toutoula | 12/26/2013

    " I ve read the original, in ancient greek. And Homer makes me proud to be from Greece... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/25/2013

    " The word epic is definitely appropriate. Great translation. I first read this in three days while my family was driving back from a vacation out west "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 12/21/2013

    " listening and reading... really great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan | 12/21/2013

    " El primer libro que lei... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Saye | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoy this and find a copy every now and again but have found it's best in small doses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Vreeland | 12/19/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 12/18/2013

    " Proud to have finished, and even more proud to have enjoyed it! I had no idea I would like it as much as I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shams | 12/18/2013

    " I am a huge fan of ancient literature, so automatically biased. The ancient attacks me; I am attracted to long lost wisdom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlene | 12/18/2013

    " I had read the Odyssey in High School but never the Iliad. It took me some time to complete because I found I had to be in a certain mood and a quiet enviroment, however when you are able to establish the reading rhythm with it, it's magical. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi Brown | 12/17/2013

    " SO much fighting...that was not fun. I'm hoping to read it in poetic form soon, though. Maybe it will be better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 12/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Benton | 12/14/2013

    " Only read half for school but thought it was good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K C | 12/13/2013

    " Enjoyed the story and musings immensely. The difficulty for me was the use of Greek names as I'm more familiar with their Latin counterparts. I have his translation of The Odyssey as well, though I'm interested in checking out the Richard Lattimore translation down the road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrina Sanvansan | 12/12/2013

    " Somewhere between brilliant & Zzz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheida | 12/11/2013

    " I was introduced to the wonderful world of Greek mythology by my Grandpa's small library collection. I never get tired of reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 12/9/2013

    " 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 Mamataranta | 12/9/2013

    " My all time favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 12/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading the battle scenes and the games that took place. Everything else was a tad dry for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura!!!!!! | 12/7/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kindra | 12/4/2013

    " I liked this classic overall, but it's hard to retain a memory of this never-ending poem because of the sheer number of characters and all the s**t going on. I liked The Odyssey better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steely Jan | 12/2/2013

    " The five stars are for THIS translation...It's fucking amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cherrie | 11/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 11/7/2013

    " If you haven't yet. What are you waiting for? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenee | 11/2/2013

    " Not as good as the Odyssey but still a very compelling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Kleinpeter | 11/2/2013

    " Would like to read this again. And Weil's comments along with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/21/2013

    " I read an earlier translation in scholl and found it tedious. This translater of Homer's epic is very readable abd I loved it enough to but his trans of The Odyssey before I finished The Iliad. Also great "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Federica | 10/1/2013

    " Accurate but not very poetic translation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clinton Powell | 9/25/2013

    " This translation was a real pleasure to read. Also, I was amazed at how much I related to Achilles. Probably not necessarily a healthy thing. This poem captures incapacitating rage in a way that really hit very close to home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camila Alvarenga | 9/16/2013

    " The story is very interesting, although it can get a bit tiring at certain parts. I recommend reading a children version of it, it's not tiring and there aren't any difficult expressions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecil | 9/5/2013

    " This is an excellent piece of both mythology and wartime drama. I truly love evrything about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Daniel | 9/3/2013

    " Homer has written the worlds greatest epic. A must read for cultural literacy and share entertainment value. The charactor of Hector is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 8/27/2013

    " Better than what I expected. Got boring in some places but overall it was good for a summer reading book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louis | 8/27/2013

    " Yes, liked it. Then stopped 30 pages into the Odyssey. Had had enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dimitra Ekmektsis | 8/18/2013

    " Beautiful, moving, poignant, unmatched! It's like nothing else you have or will ever read. A book that will change your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 9 3/4 | 7/18/2013

    " One of the masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature. It is one of those books that everyone should read at least once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan Thompson | 7/12/2013

    " Couldn't even finish the book. After reading The Odyssey, I couldn't keep my attention on the pages and pages of nothing but names. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Banker | 6/23/2013

    " It is thoroughly enjoyable to reread a book from college with the leisure time to actually read every word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 6/9/2013

    " I enjoyed reading the story in prose form. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie Gilleland | 5/21/2013

    " We will read and discuss this reading in Humanities 101 - Western Traditions 1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Gibbons | 4/8/2013

    " In a list of the top ten characters of all time, 'The Iliad' would hold the top nine. This story has survived the ages for a reason: It's the greatest thing man has written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H | 4/4/2013

    " I studied this at college for my classics AS and absolutely loved it- the prose, the characters are all fantastic not to mention the story. I think there is so much in this epic that can be explored and enjoyed and more people should read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne | 3/31/2013

    " Yeah, I had to read this in English Literature in high school. Not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marruman mc mahon | 3/24/2013

    " The saddest bit was when Hector's son dies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Rautenbach | 3/20/2013

    " Some parts of the book was really good, filled with wars, gods and heroes. But on the other hand some parts felt like reading Leviticus. Overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raima Larter | 3/13/2013

    " Read this in Latin...not the best way to understand or retain a story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 3/2/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly Nielsen | 2/27/2013

    " Surprised that the story was as incomplete as it was. It felt like the middle volume of a larger work, as it starts in the middle, and stops before the ending of the battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hakan Jackson | 2/16/2013

    " This had to be one of the goriest most gruesome books I've ever read. Still it was worth the read and feel I've got a better grasp of Greek mythology. I'm going to wait awhile before I take on the Odyssey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 2/15/2013

    " Great plot, very descriptive fighting scenes, however there were many slowly flowing areas of the book that really weren't that interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenn Kennedy | 2/4/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Greek mythology books. This is the story of the great Achilles. It takes you through the life and death of Achilles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James McNulty | 1/9/2013

    " A great tale of war that expounds, in an exciting manner, on the final days of the trojan war and the triumph of the Achaean hero, Achilles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Daniel | 11/2/2012

    " Homer has written the worlds greatest epic. A must read for cultural literacy and share entertainment value. The charactor of Hector is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/1/2012

    " ughhh remember reading this for my greek mythology class at KU "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 9/21/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Gibbons | 9/5/2012

    " In a list of the top ten characters of all time, 'The Iliad' would hold the top nine. This story has survived the ages for a reason: It's the greatest thing man has written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnnelle Walker | 8/30/2012

    " This is one of my favorites, and I throughly loved this particular translation. Achilles, Patroclus, Odysseus, and the two Ajax's make the most memorable heroes! I love the way the gods are at war with their favorites...this is a must read for any and everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 8/15/2012

    " the Cycloppean walls of Tyrnes were were described, I disocvered--a CLASSIC "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hugo | 8/6/2012

    " An exaggerated account of a bunch of guys on holiday. The author looses focus occasionally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. Rosaria | 7/16/2012

    " What more to say a classic, still great after ages, centuries, millenia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 LaShawnna | 7/2/2012

    " I just cant seem to get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrina Sanvansan | 6/19/2012

    " Somewhere between brilliant & Zzz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pieter | 6/2/2012

    " Begin en bijna zou ik zeggen gelijk ook het hoogtepunt van de Europese literatuur. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Despina | 5/20/2012

    " Loved it when we read it at school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 4/27/2012

    " wierdest book i've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H | 4/27/2012

    " I studied this at college for my classics AS and absolutely loved it- the prose, the characters are all fantastic not to mention the story. I think there is so much in this epic that can be explored and enjoyed and more people should read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 3/30/2012

    " Read for a class. Essential reading for insights into the Malazan Book of the Fallen :^D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dou'a Al nawassrah | 3/13/2012

    " It is a great epic ..In The Iliad ,homer manages to have unity of action but not unity of characters .we see different characters show their strength,Hector,Diomedes and others.The Iliad is an epis that talks about wars and the heroic deeds of the warriors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ioana | 3/13/2012

    " Despite what my boss said, the age of Iliad is not yet passed. Well not for me, anyway. I pity those who cannot still find excitement and pleasure in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheralyn | 2/18/2012

    " It has been so long since I read the Iliad that I am preparing to pick it up again. I only remember reading it for junior high English and I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leilani | 2/11/2012

    " Team Diomedes for the win!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Tran | 2/7/2012

    " This book was full of violence. I learned alot about the war and the greek's culture through this book. I would read this again:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moonchyme | 1/12/2012

    " An epic war story, poetically written and brimming with Grecian myth and lore. Study it, breathe it, live it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wyliena Guan | 12/22/2011

    " I'm trying to start the HUM sequence on my own. I gave up after reading a third of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Ashcraft | 11/16/2011

    " Such a wonderful story and great read --- but it is a story of war and a story of death. The sadness of these mortals running around and killing one another while the Immortals watch from above is to me, very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suenn | 11/9/2011

    " I read this a few months ago in class it's a great book. Richmond Lattimores translation really captures the style of Greek literature as always. If you enjoy this epic I would reccomend the Odyssey as a book for you to later explore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Burke | 11/6/2011

    " I was a weird kid, I read this before I was even 10 yrs old! I enjoyed it very much and may have accounted for my belief in Gods and Goddesses! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie | 10/15/2011

    " sooooo long I think there is an entire chapter about a shield "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Friedmann | 8/15/2011

    " I read this one in high school. I don't remember enough detail to write much of a review, but it seemed to be decent required reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tobias | 8/14/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 8/5/2011

    " The classic, read it during my degree and really loved the book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sopo Chkoidze | 7/12/2011

    " my English teacher forced me to read this. for me it was just historical book for every adult "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianca | 6/4/2011

    " Fagles translation or nothing at all. I'm not usually picky about this sort of thing, but it really matters and makes a difference in this case. Besides that... it's the Iliad. Classic for a reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steely Jan | 6/1/2011

    " The five stars are for THIS translation...It's fucking amazing. "

  • 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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About the Author

Elise Broach is the author of the acclaimed novel Shakespeare’s Secret, as well as several picture books. She lives in Easton, Connecticut, with her family.

About the Narrators

Jeremy Davidson played the role of Master Sergeant Chase Moran for five seasons in the television series Army Wives, and has guest-starred on numerous shows, including Brothers & SistersCold CaseWithout a Trace, and Boston Legal. He has appeared extensively onstage, including opposite John Goodman and Brenda Fricker in the Geffen Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. An Earphones Award–winning narrator, he has also given voice to a number of bestselling audiobooks.

Dan Stevens is nternationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.