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Iliad

The Story of Achilles

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Narrator Anthony Heald
Translator W. H. D. Rouse
Length 13 hours 34 minutes
Language English
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Homer’s Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns, the heroism and treachery of its combatants unmatched in song and story. Driven by fierce passions and loyalties, men and gods battle to a devastating conclusion.

“Homer is full of merriment, full of open fun and delicate comedy, even farce—as when Ares, wounded, bursts up to Olympus like a bomb. And the divine family! What a delightful natural party: human beings raised a degree or two, but all the same, funnier than that. They are the comic background for the tragedy below—for the story of Achilles is a tragedy—the fiery conflict of a man divided against himself, who in a few short days drops to the lowest hell of savagery, then rises to self-mastery and inward peace.”—W.H.D. Rouse

Homer is a legendary ancient Greek epic poet, traditionally said to be the creator of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. Homer's works form the groundwork of the Western Canon and are universally praised for their genius. Their formative influence in shaping many key aspects of Greek culture was recognized by the Greeks themselves, who considered him as their instructor.

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.

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Reviews

“Without the Iliad the West would be a vastly poorer place; Homer’s achievement speaks to every successive generation with its unflinching understanding of the essential tragic nature of life.”

Iliad is a powerful statement of what it means to be human in the middle of vast and senseless bloodshed.”

“The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters.”

“The classic epics were the original audiobooks, and the power of the Iliad, undiminished over the centuries, comes over best in a spoken reading. Anthony Heald brings vigor and freshness to this rendition, and the pacing and clarity of his articulation are excellent, both in conveying the poetic quality of the lines and in maintaining the narrative flow of the storytelling. His narrative line is simple, direct, and tense, and this fine production makes clear why the Iliad stands up beside any narrative of war and men in arms, ancient or modern. Invigorating in both content and meter, this is an excellent title for extended activity—walking, driving, doing yard work.”

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