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The Iliad [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Homer , Michael Page

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a great fan of Tantor Unabridged Classics 14 April 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD
With many books, translations are negligible, with two obvious exceptions, one is the Bible, and surprisingly the other is The Iliad. Each translation can give a different insight and feel to the story. Everyone will have a favorite. I have several.

The addition of reading from Tantor which is quite professional, the experience is enhanced this also keeps the story moving. Some time I do have to stop it for time to think but for the most part the pace is great and it has that old traditional feel of storytelling being handed down through the ages.

"Sing, O Goddess, the anger of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a heroes did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures for so were the counsels of Zeus fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles first fell out with one another."
-Translated by Samuel Butler, 1888

You will find that some translations are easier to read but others are easier to listen to on recordings, lectures, Kindle, and the like. If you do not see information on specific translators, it is still worth the speculation and purchase. Right after the translation readability and understanding, do not overlook the introduction which gives an inset to what you are about to read. The Stephen Mitchell translation goes though each of the major characters so well that you think you know them before you starts reading. Other introductions explain the struggle between different types of power. Rodney Merrill's 28 page introduction focuses on singing.

Our story takes place in the ninth year of the ongoing war. We get some introduction to the first nine years but they are just a background to this tale of pride, sorrow and revenge. The story will also end abruptly before the end of the war.

We have the wide conflict between the Trojans and Achaeans over a matter of pride; the gods get to take sides and many times direct spears and shields.

Although the more focused conflict is the power struggle between two different types of power. That of Achilles, son of Peleus and the greatest individual warrior and that of Agamemnon, lord of men, whose power comes form position.

We are treated to a blow by blow inside story as to what each is thinking and an unvarnished description of the perils of war and the search for Arête (to be more like Aries, God of War.)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but good audio qualities 11 Dec 2013
By Franklin F. DEHAVEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
Roman gods and goddesses, not Greek. That was disappointing for me. Alexander Pope needed Edith Hamilton's mythology lessons before trying to translate
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1.0 out of 5 stars not CD able 25 May 2013
By Dianne Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:MP3 CD|Verified Purchase
No where did this say it could not be played in a car CD. not sure what to do with this.
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