The Iliad

Version: Abridged
Author: Homer
Narrator: Derek Jacobi
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Poetry, Literature, Classics
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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In this brilliant translation, Robert Fagles brings the vigor of contemporary language to Homer's 2,700-year-old story of the trojan war. The result is a wonderfully accessible Iliad that preserves every nuance of Homer's genius: the drive and metric of his poetry, the directness and simplicity of his imagery, and the full breadth fo his prodigious imagination.

Reviews (3)


Written by Lolieata Ford-Bey on October 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

this audiobook was vey helpful to me especially for someone who can not read or understand the language of greek.

Good reading

Written by Avdi on March 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The reader has a good voice, and the translation flows well. Any tediousness the story might have is the fault of Homer's love of detail, not of the production. Recommended.

This is how The Iliad is meant to be heard

Written by Robin Fingerson from Erie, CO on September 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had read Fagles new translation, but nothing prepared me for the powerful and almost musical reading. This is how the Iliad should be heard -- it is a poem meant to be heard, not read, and the fabulous translation makes this accessible and easy to understand. A few parts are tedious (the enumeration of soldiers and ships gets quite long), but this is a compelling story. The narration is clear and easy to understand, evenly paced without dragging. Definitely a recommendation!

Author Details

Author Details

, Homer

Amongst his previous publications are: Homer (Past Masters, OUP, 1980), Homer on Life and Death (OUP, 1980), Virgil (past Masters, OUP, 1986), co-editor with Murray and Boardman of The Oxford History of the Classical World (OUP, 1986), Homer: The Odyssey (CUP, 1987).