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Publisher's Summary

Dating to the ninth century BC, Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War. 

Renowned classicist Bernard Knox observes in his superb Introduction that although the violence of the Iliad is grim and relentless, it coexists with both images of civilized life and a poignant yearning for peace. 

Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance”.

©1990 Robert Fagles (translation) (P)1992 Penguin-HighBridge Audio; 1992 Penguin-HighBridge Audio, Packaging ©

What the critics say

"...eloquent, rhythmical, and full of power." (Jasper Griffin, Oxford University)

"A remarkable tour de force...." (Maynard Mack, Yale University)

"Astonishing.... This should now become the standard translation for a new generation." (Peter Levi)

What listeners say about The Iliad

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Disappointed that it doesn't follow the text

I bought this to listen along as my kids need to read it for a class. I specifically looked to make sure it was not abridged but in Book 2 it stops following the text for parts.....very, very frustrating. At least tell us in the notes that it doesn't follow the book. The narration is fantastic and great to listen to but would be nice to have the full version that matches the book.

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It's abridged!

Robert Fagles' translation is excellent, as is the reading performance of Derek Jacobi. However! This is an abridged version and I was sorely disappointed to discover this fact, only after I'd finished listening to it! I missed key parts of the story and I'm ticked about that. Abridged versions should be advertised as such. I feel swindled!

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Good book but audio is not good

I think the story was very good, but when i first bought the book on amazon, and even typed the isdn from the book i had bought to the audiobook store, the audiobook was still skipping lines or paragraghs. Made me mad

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Good reading

This is the first audible book I purchased and I hadn't realized that it was an abridged reading when I purchased it (my mistake). The reading by Derek Jacobi was good and because they changed the narration to Maria Tucci for the abridged parts it was easy to find where to read the texts. I thought the summarizing of the chapters were well done as the key points were mentioned and parts of the important descriptions were mentioned.

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This audiobook does not match the text.

I downloaded this audiobook to help me with course reading for one of my university classes. My professors were very picky about the exact translation and version of the book that I had to purchase and so I sought out the same translation and version in my audiobook. Unfortunately, I was not able to use this to help me work through the book because it did not follow the text of its corresponding edition. I am very disappointed.

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  • 2018-10-15

Abridged

Heavily edited, cannot follow along with the claimed Fagles translation. Disappointing and confusing. Printed translation very highly recommended but Audible version deceptively described.

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  • Jennifer S.
  • 2019-01-05

Abridged! Should have read the reviews

This selection should be labeled “abridged” so that you know what you are purchasing. I am disappointed since I wanted the unabridged version.

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  • Mandi
  • 2018-07-30

Two different narrators is annoying...

The narrator for the majority of the story is wonderful. But every fifteen to thirty minutes a different narrator comes in and reads a short excerpt. It's almost as if they forgot to record the whole book in the original session and had to add portions back in. It is annoying at first and only gets more so as the book goes on.

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  • Aditya Mudgal
  • 2018-08-27

Not full review

Book is not full....!!!!!!!! How can an incomplete book be uploaded???? Really disappointed...!!!! Wasted my credit...!!!

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  • Israel
  • 2018-08-02

terrible

the narrator skips parts. You aren't really able to follow along because of it .

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  • Chris Bayley
  • 2018-11-06

Bit dissapointed

Well for sure I’m a homer neophyte but I’ve just finished listening to the rouse translation unabridged which I understand is a Prose translation so in order to ‘go deeper’ into homerville I felt obligated to listen to one of the classic poetry translations (fagles, Lattimore etc) but in this case the story is clearly abridged and I feel the prose does does not have the gravitas of the rouse version. Additionally I feel completely cheated when we wizz through hours and hours of battle in 10mins !

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  • Patrick Brentlinger
  • 2018-12-07

Two narrators: he was epic, she was not

Derek Jacobi was amazing in the performance. I say performance because it was that masterfully done. Maria Tucci’s reading was stiff and flat. I couldn’t see the point of her being interleaved into the story. Mostly I just tolerated her until Derek came back. Fortunately the didn’t use her all that much.

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  • Darrell Falconburg
  • 2020-05-30

Abridged...

I didn't realize it was abridged. They cut out a very substantial amount of the story.

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  • Linds
  • 2018-08-26

NOT A FULL VERSION

THIS VERSION SKIPS AROUND IM SO FRUSTRATED. it’s hard to follow end it doesn’t even married the entire book

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  • Briana H.
  • 2018-07-28

Intriguing and full of action but audible skipped some books or chapters from the written version

I checked out The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles from my public library to follow along with audible. However, I realized that a few books or chapters were skipped and I had a hard time finding my place again. Maria would read tidbits and I didn’t know what script she was reading from and then it jumped back to Derek. The chapters listed on audible did not correspond to the written epic. Although book and movie versions often vary in some aspects, from watching the movie Troy, the epic and audible version ended with the burial of Hector instead of what was shown in Troy with Achilles receiving arrows while trying to save Briseis. I wish everything was read and corresponded to the appropriate chapters; however, I’m glad I was able to finish this epic in 3 days with the help of audible.

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