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The Iliad and The Odyssey are epic poems traditionally attributed to Homer, of which the written versions are dated to the 8th century BCE. Chronicling events in the Greek Bronze Age, this magnificent pair of poems forms the cornerstone of Western literature. 

If The Iliad is a classic war story, The Odyssey is symbolic of the individual’s journey through life. Achilles is the main hero of The Iliad which describes the final stage of the Trojan War, a conflict between a coalition of Greek city states and the city of Troy in Anatolia. The cause of the war was the kidnapping of Helen, wife of the King of Sparta, by the Trojan prince Paris. 

Longer and more complex than The Iliad, The Odyssey deals with the struggle of the hero Odysseus to return home to his island of Ithaca after the war. He faces and escapes numerous perils on the voyage, like the spell of a nymph, an intoxicating plant, a one-eyed killer giant, a hideous sea monster and the deadly sirens whose songs lure sailors to death. When Odysseus finally gets back to Ithaca, he faces a further struggle to reclaim his home.

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  • Justin J. Larsen
  • 17-03-2020

Iliad and oddessey

When in doubt start at the beginning. This is the beginning of literature and for under $10 I was able to listen to these classic stories on my shop floor for the first time in my life. I was somewhat familiar with pieces of them had never completely read them. While I would prefer a male narrator (after all this is a story of war, bloodshed and vengeance) Andrea did an outstanding job.

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  • DJC
  • 12-01-2021

behind the scenes

Great old stories. Very little said about the horse and entering the city of Troy, and the death of Achilles.
The narrator was great but the editing left a lot of the behind the scenes noise and retakes in. It took me out of the story at times.

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  • Craig
  • 18-06-2020

Not very good told this way

Disappointed in this book cuz I love the Iliad and odyssey told in other books

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  • Macstiv
  • 01-08-2020

epic in true sense of the word

First read thse at school a long time ago.
Then years later when I had chance to visit Ithaca, I read the Odyssey again.
Now some further years later I have listened to both again.
I love the imagery that is created tho always thought that Homer had gone too far with everybody's lineage, even though they were only briefly part of the tale
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Performance was very good but let down a little bit by the editing. There were a few moments where the performance was stopped for a correction and then restarted without being edited out. Also some brief none english phrases which I presumed were part of the performer's notes to be edited out or perhaps belonged to another language version.

Overall, did not spoil the enjoyment.

Now need to find a lighter book for my next listen.. 👍😀.

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  • Beeky
  • 28-03-2021

Weirdly read

I found the way the reader read the stody rather weird. Weird way a pronouncing words and odd melody to the voice. This made it difficult to follow the story. It sounded a bit like the story was read by a machine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-2021

Ancient and engrossing

Getting used to the translation took far less time than I envisaged. Really enjoyed this.

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