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Extended Audio Sample The Iliad: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), by Homer Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.00001064894511 out of 53.00001064894511 out of 53.00001064894511 out of 53.00001064894511 out of 53.00001064894511 out of 5 3.00 (124,895 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This masterful new verse translation of Homer's classic story of the Trojan War has been hailed by critics as “an astonishing performance”and “a remarkable tour de force.” Robert Fagles, chairman of the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, brings the energy of contemporary language of this 2,700-year-old epic, while maintaining the drive and metric music of Homer's poetry, as well as the impact and nuance of Homer's mesmerizing repeated phrases.

As a scholar, Fagles praises Homer's directness and simplicity, the breadth of his imagination, and the power of his song. As a translator, he brilliantly captures these very qualities—which makes this Iliad not only a superb literary work, but a tremendous listening experience.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time. Library Journal
  • [Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase. The Yale Review
  • What an age can read in Homer, what its translators can manage to say in his presence, is one gauge of its morale, one index to its system of exultations and reticences. The supple, the iridescent, the ironic, these modes are among our strengths, and among Mr. Fitzgerald’s. National Review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bec | 1/29/2017

    " I bought this so I could listen along while physically reading the book. To my dismay, the audiobook randomly skips large sections of the actual translation, sometimes a whole book, opting instead for a short & incomplete summary of the events it passes over (this occurs every time the female narrator speaks). Unfortunately, you aren't getting to hear the whole story if you listen to this audiobook. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Donnelly | 2/19/2014

    " Gives a highly insightful and clear vision of the epic roman empire and the tragic story of the battle of Troy and the fight for the beautiful Helen of Troy. The story's characters are imaginative and beautifully described from the villainous Agamemnon and Menelaus to the heroic Hector and Achilles. Homers story truly is the definition of "epic battle". A must read for all fans of Classical Studies, Greek and Roman mythology and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by RK Byers | 2/17/2014

    " GREAT translation. my only disappointment is that I thought for some reason that the story included the death of Achilles. I must watch too many movies... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam Scavo | 2/14/2014

    " very interesting book. it helped me stay awake. this had a lot of action and i like books that actually do things and make the book feel better then it was. "

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