The Iliad & The Odyssey

  • by Homer
  • Narrated by John Lescault
  • 28 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity. If Homer did in fact exist, this supposedly blind poet was from some region of Greek-controlled Asia-Minor and recited his poems at festivals and political assemblies. In this extraordinary two volume audio set, the glorious saga again unfolds, telling the story of courage and magical adventure in Ancient Greece.The Iliad, the first of Homer's epic poems, tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles's slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks.In The Odyssey, in his perilous journey home after the Trojan War, Odysseus must pass through the land of the Cyclopes, encounter Circe the Enchantress, and face the terrible Charybdis and the six headed serpent Scylla.Both epics are translated here by Samuel Butler.

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And his armour fell rattling around him...

There is surely no need to give my opinion of the story here so I'll only mention the narration.
I was not completely satisfied by the style of the reading for this audio book when it started but, after time, I found it grew on me. There is a rhythm to it that the narrator's lack of inflection lets through. The text itself and the repetitions within it carried me along at a comfortable pace and I soon found myself muttering along as familiar phrases were repeated.
Details stayed with me long after the book had ended and I can still recall substantial portions now as I write this several months after listening. They play back in John Lescault's distinctive voice and the images they conjure remain as vivid.
In conclusion, an unsettling start turned into a memorable experience. Pretty soon I'll be set to listen to the whole lot again.
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- P. Ward

Monotone...

As interesting as the illiad is, this is the first audio book I've seriously considered stopping listening to. The guy who reads it does it in a continuous monotone. When he does vary from it, it's completely random, and the volume varies considerably, sometimes within a sentence.

I've only finished the first part, but I'm not convinced I'll be completing the whole thing.
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2004
  • Publisher: Findaway World