Iliad

  • by Homer, Stanley Lombardo - translator
  • Narrated by Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon - introduction
  • 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus.
Translated and Narrated by Stanley Lombardo. Introduction by Susan Sarandon.

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What the Critics Say

"In the front of all poetry stands the poetry of [ancient Greece], and in its foremost rank stand the epics of Homer." (Andrew Lang, Homer and the Epic)
"Lombardo's Iliad both sings to 21st century ears and holds true to Homer's original vision; the blind bard would be proud." (Publishers Weekly)

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Disappointing but enlightening

My mistake was to assume that Susan Sarandon would be doing a significant part of the narration - wrong. She simply introduces the various books. Stanley Lombardo does the rest. There is a brutal and bloodthirsty thrust to the whole story and yet a sense of humanity. But at times it sounded to me like an old-fashioned radio soap opera. Remember, soapies are addictive and so this audiobook proved to be. Like soapies, there are lives you want to keep track of and, like soapies, there are troughs and peaks. I enjoyed the peaks so much I was prepared to sink into the troughs. I now see why the Iliad is considered essential to our understanding of myths and storytelling. In fact I have now discovered a newly published, enlivening and relevant South African translation, using South African English. So the Iliad has set me on a voyage of exploration.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2007
  • Publisher: Parmenides Publishing