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.
(P)2002 Commuters Library
"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.
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.
"It is a great book"
I loved listening to this book.great naration and great story .i feel good after listening to this one.
As another reviewer has said, monotone and made dull as ditch water. An ideal listen for insomniacs.
I'm not sure if this was just a glitch with the downloading or not but I only seem to have the Odyssey in this audiobook and the parts I do have are scrambled into a different order (Part 3, 1, 2, 4 seems to be the order they go in) As I am using this for help with my University studies it is incredibly irritating that I can't just hit play and listen while writing essays etc. As I haven't really listened beyond the first few minutes of each track I can't make comment on the narration etc. Very confused by this and there's no easy way to contact audible with any problems.
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