Note: I posted this review to what should have been the page for the Naxos audiobooks edition of the complete Iliad read by Anton Lesser. It has ended up on the page for a printed edition of both the Iliad and Odyssey.
This is the first complete Iliad I have listened to (well, mostly) and as such I have no real comparison. Lesser reads very well and avoids overdoing it while never being dull. He subtly distinguishes voices when there are different speakers in close proximity. Johnston's translation is more than servicable and follows the Greek pretty closely, which for me is a good thing. Too many of the other audio recordings appear to be rather looser, and some are of pretty horrid flat prose. Many edit out the original formulae and repetitions, but I think one really wants to hear them. They are an important part of the oral flavour of the work. Similarly, by trying to keep his syntax a bit closer to the Greek, Johnston ensures a listener will not forget this is a translation of something very different from English verse. If I had been able to find an affordable complete recording of Lattimore's translation (and perhaps Fagle's) I'd have bought that, but I can recommend this highly. I have dropped one star because of that, and because, despite Lesser's admirable performance, I kind of like Jacobi's and McKellan's recordings of Homer better.