- The Story of Achilles
- Narrated by: Anthony Heald
- Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-10-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By J.C. on 03-11-03
A good translation and narrator.
I have to disagree with the earlier negative reviews. The translation is the prose translation by W.H.D. Rouse, which is interesting and straightforward. If you are looking for iambic pentameter, the translation to read is Alexander Pope's, which was reprinted in paperback by Penguin within the last few years, but has not been recorded as far as I know. It is great poetry, but much less accurate than Rouse. Rouse may not be the latest and greatest translation out there, but if you are looking for an unabridged recording, this is a good choice. I prefer the Richmond Lattimore or Robert Fagles translations, but as far as I know they are only available in abridged recordings. The abridged recording of the Lattimore translation is also available from Audible, read by Anthony Quinn, but you are not getting the whole thing.
To me, Nadia May has a fine voice and it is perfectly intelligible to me.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
By Dr. C. on 14-06-11
Odyssey was great but did not finish Iliad
If, like me, you both read and listen to books, select this as a reader, unless you like hearing how each and every man died in the Trojan war. Sorry guys, but I am a woman and just could not listen to how another man died from having a sword thrust into his back and through his blander or whatever (there are over 250 deaths described), no matter how beautiful the telling. I would love an abridged edition, where only the relevant deaths are described. Still, the Iliad is a great book and a must read, just not a “listen”. The narrator and translator were both wonderful, just too much death in one place, too well described (and read) for my tastes.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful