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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 Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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TOLSTOY CALLED THE ILIAD A miracle; Goethe said that it always thrust him into a state of astonishment. Homer’s story is thrilling, and his Greek is perhaps the most beautiful poetry ever sung or written. But until now, even the best English translations haven’t been able to re-create the energy and simplicity, the speed, grace, and pulsing rhythm of the original.

In Stephen Mitchell’s Iliad, the epic story resounds again across 2,700 years, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flows in every word. And we are there with them, amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

Mitchell’s Iliad is the first translation based on the work of the preeminent Homeric scholar Martin L. West, whose edition of the original Greek identifies many passages that were added after the Iliad was first written down, to the detriment of the music and the story. Omitting these hundreds of interpolated lines restores a dramatically sharper, leaner text. In addition, Mitchell’s illuminating introduction opens the epic still further to our understanding and appreciation.

Now, thanks to Stephen Mitchell’s scholarship and the power of his language, the Iliad’s ancient story comes to moving, vivid new life. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Mitchell’s updating has resulted in a livelier, more contemporary feel for this epic of world literature…make room for this one on the shelf…For all the revising and updating, there’s still much poignancy here.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[A] romping, clear-sighted translation…gripping…in The Iliad there are immortal, death-prophesying horses; though rivers can fight and you might find yourself chatting to a god; when we look at the stones of Troy, we see not aliens, but ourselves. That remains the poem’s greatest pull, and Mitchell has reenergized it for a new generation.” 

    Telegraph (London)

  • “The focus is all on the poetry…Mitchell’s characters boast and argue sharply. His Hera sasses, his Agamemnon snarls, his Helen prophesies.” 

    Chronicle of Higher Education

  • “Alfred Molina’s rich tones and robust narrative style…[and] impeccable pacing and subtle inflections, along with plenty of vocal punch for the battle scenes and confrontational dialogue, make the sometimes coarse vernacular feel appropriate to what Mitchell calls the ‘spirit of the text.’ Let’s hope we get to hear Molina finish the story for us in The Odyssey.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stuart West | 2/6/2014

    " Any book you've ever read stems from literature such as The Iliad, believe that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Esther | 1/26/2014

    " listening and reading... really great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Darlene Underdahl | 1/16/2014

    " It was required reading in school. While the other kids struggled, I loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy Nielsen | 1/5/2014

    " So much killing... and how the heck did they know everyones names!! "

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