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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: Homer, Elise Broach, Robert Fitzgerald, Dan Stevens Narrator: Jeremy Davidson, Dan Stevens Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Barry Tikkanen | 2/16/2014

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

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