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3.00000272226492 out of 53.00000272226492 out of 53.00000272226492 out of 53.00000272226492 out of 53.00000272226492 out of 5 3.00 (124,896 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Homer Narrator: Derek Jacobi, Sir Derek Jacobi Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598877458
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 2/14/2014

    " Ajax, Diomedes, Hector, Odysseus, oh my! Loving it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malik Rivera | 2/13/2014

    " I like this book a lot. I thought the translation of the book was sort of difficult and the context was a little difficult as well. I like the idea the author Homer tells about the battles and events between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. The book mainly takes place during the Trojan war and consist of a lot of action throughout the Novel. I liked this book a lot I thought it was interesting and a good read, I recommend it to everyone to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Herbst | 2/8/2014

    " I began reading this in translation as a child with an interest in Greco-Roman mythology. I made it to the catalogue of ships before realizing that this was not what I was looking for. Later readings in both English translation and excerpts in Homeric Greek have shown me that some books are worth the struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Smilinjack | 2/7/2014

    " Take a class on Greek Mythology first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/6/2014

    " Really enjoyed this, a great way of getting your head around the story and all its characters. This could be used as a great learning resource. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Diamond | 1/28/2014

    " War, greeks, betrayal, family drama. The whole shabang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 1/27/2014

    " Ajax, Diomedes, Hector, Odysseus, oh my! Loving it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/26/2014

    " I enjoyed reading the story in prose form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suhasini Srihari | 1/22/2014

    " Truly an epic! 'Rage of Achilles' is the main theme and the glory of war is seen through Homer. The language might give you a boring start but as you go on reading the poem, you'll get the flow. Also, you'll get to know of the different Greek Gods through their constant intrusion in mortals' lives. The history of Trojan War on a grand scale! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connor Wasler | 1/21/2014

    " Besides being one of the longest poems ever composed, the Iliad is also one of the most important. It makes the reader wonder what it means to be human, and also makes us reconsider what a hero truly is. Furthermore, besides the well-known cast of characters, the Iliad boasts some of the most beautiful language I've ever come across. All you have to do is read the chapter about the creation of Achilles' shield and you'll know what I'm talking about. Maybe our world leaders could learn something from reading this poem... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Krepps | 1/18/2014

    " Surprisingly readable and interesting! I read it for a book club, which is the way to do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moonchyme | 1/18/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Brent | 1/14/2014

    " 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 Bob | 1/6/2014

    " 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/26/2013

    " obvious! It is a classic afterall....I followed it up with the Odyssey! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyndsay | 12/25/2013

    " I liked it but I found that it went on and on about the things I didn't care about while skimming the parts I DID care about. I wanted to hear more about the Gods and Goddesses and such but he really focuses on the battles and who did what to who and who slew who... I find I'm preferring the Aeneid by Virgil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Kao | 12/14/2013

    " I was first familiar with The Odyssey (read and loved that as a kid), but I fell in love with Homer through The Iliad. Some parts are forgettable (when he starts listing their competitions and all the random prizes that people won, I zone out) but ignore that. Enjoy the prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa James | 12/14/2013

    " An epic story, it's one that every student usually reads in high school or college, & I was no different. Finding it tough going, I was still very impressed with the sweeping adventures & scope of the story :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Benton | 11/30/2013

    " 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 Alex Mortensen | 11/28/2013

    " Fabulous book!It was so powerful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David S. T. | 11/27/2013

    " In high school, I read a rewritten short prose version of The Odyssey and I wanted to re-read it in a poetic version, but I decided to first read this. In hindsight, I'm not sure I was ready for this book yet. First I have a very limited knowledge of Greek mythology so I didn't know most of the gods with the exception of the main ones such as Zeus and I didn't know most of the Trojan war background and for the most part this book assumes you know both. I was also expecting this to be more like the Odyssey, but instead there is almost no plot and its just battle scene after battle scene with the repeated formula of X fought Y son of Z ...description of how Y died, and then repeat. It got very tedious at parts. I think I might like it more on a later reread though after I read through a book of Greek mythology and now I know more of what to expect. I did enjoy the argument between Agamemnon and Achilles, along with the parts where the gods are petty and always arguing (I got a good laugh at the scene where Zeus is full of lust and trying to seduce Hera), very anthropomorphic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark Campo | 11/23/2013

    " I love myth and such but i could not read any version of this book i've found. i know all the myth and such i like probably sprang from this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Pennellatore | 11/23/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 11/17/2013

    " One of the best books, ever :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robweiser | 11/9/2013

    " Fitzgerald's translation exceeds the original Ancient Greek where word placement isn't mandated. Instead, his Romantic bent has fun with the language with an eye towards description and humor lost in most high-school forced, tweed-coated editions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Kleinpeter | 11/6/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 11/5/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karl Geiger | 11/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 11/4/2013

    " Everyone should read Homer. This translation was great and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheralyn | 10/11/2013

    " 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 Susan | 10/11/2013

    " Richmond Lattimore is my favorfite translator of both The Odyssey and The Illiad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget Cameron | 10/7/2013

    " A timeless tale, yet wasn't it written by Sappho? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sydney | 9/16/2013

    " The only reason I understood this book was because of spark notes, they were a life saver. I really wasn't interested in this book, I only read it because I had to for school.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Gilbert | 8/6/2013

    " The book starts developing a rhythm that makes you feel like you are in the middle of the battle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathan Thompson | 6/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jason Prodinsky | 6/2/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L.M. Fields | 5/12/2013

    " 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 L.M. Fields | 3/29/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss.terri | 3/28/2013

    " Finally!!! Now I can say I read it. It is a classic from 800 B.C.E. by Homer. A very boastful epic poem about a battle where men get speared in the right or left nipple a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 3/24/2013

    " Tough read. You should really be into Ancient Greece if you pick up this book or it will be like nails on a chalk board. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Pantalone | 3/3/2013

    " It's probably one of the best translations of the epic poem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Pantalone | 1/30/2013

    " It's probably one of the best translations of the epic poem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Ashley | 1/9/2013

    " The greatest piece of surviving literature in the ancient world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pieter | 11/23/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Conor | 11/10/2012

    " Terrible. And enough of "rosy fingered dawn" already. In fairness, it was probably quite good back in 300 BC, when there was nothing else to do but listen to stories of people eating food ALL THE TIME, but by today's standards, there are better things to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odessa | 9/22/2012

    " This is my favourite ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moonchyme | 7/30/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Gilbert | 7/21/2012

    " The book starts developing a rhythm that makes you feel like you are in the middle of the battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Morris | 4/26/2012

    " For any Greek mythology enthusiast, the Odydssy and the Iliad are a must-read. Two of the best books I have ever read. Sure, the prose and poetry take some getting used to. But the stories are awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 4/2/2012

    " I read this while in Greece. Fitting, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 2/13/2012

    " A little too much gore at times, but I particularly liked reading about the gods' roles in all of this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniela Estrada | 11/24/2011

    " One of my absolute favorite epic poems!! The battle between Achilles and Hector is remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danilo Stern-Sapad | 11/21/2011

    " You have to read one of the poetic versions. A lot of the translations are terrible. I have no idea how this particular edition reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Petruzzi | 8/27/2011

    " Incredible. Fagles' translation is the next best thing to the original Greek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 8/25/2011

    " 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 Jonathan Ayala | 8/22/2011

    " Really entertaining but also can get a little boring and confusing. All the Greek names in this book are difficult to pronounce. This book is for the more experienced readers. i highly recommend this book to anyone. Tells a great hero story and a downfall of a great city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip | 8/20/2011

    " Going to give the Robert Fagles translation a go here. As recommended by Thomas Cahill - see Wes, there he is again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Riss | 6/29/2011

    " I have a rough relationship with Homer and Greek literature in general. It's hard for me to get into the stories because the Greek and Trojan "heroes" are hardly heroes at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Slade | 6/11/2011

    " Great epic poem on the Trojan War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa James | 5/22/2011

    " An epic story, it's one that every student usually reads in high school or college, & I was no different. Finding it tough going, I was still very impressed with the sweeping adventures & scope of the story :) "

  • 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
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.

About the Narrators

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.