Reviews for Iliad : Homer
AudioFile Reviews 2007 April/May
This audio presentation does a good job of making Homer's text accessible to contemporary listeners and giving a sense of what hearing this epic poem might have been like for ancient Greeks. Susan Sarandon's introductions to each book of the poem are a large part of the production's accessibility. Her delivery is balanced and engaged, but somewhat distant; the summaries of the action will help keep listeners from getting lost. By contrast, Stanley Lombardo's narration is more of a performance as he enters into the drama of the Trojan War. Lombardo clearly relishes the intense imagery of the poem, nearly chanting the metaphors Homer piles up to evoke this mythic battle. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Reviews Newsletter
Homer. The Iliad. 12 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 15 hrs. Parmenides Publishing. 2006. tr. from Greek by Stanley Lombardo. ISBN 9781930972087. $42. LIT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews
More than almost any other book, Homer's Iliad is meant to be spoken aloud, so it's a natural fit for audiobooks. With his fluid translation of ancient Greek into the rhythms of contemporary conversation, Lombardo has rendered the story of the final stretch of the Trojan War and its plethora of jealous, vengeful gods and warriors feasting, battling and endlessly speechifying, more boldly modern and recognizable than the remote marble tableaux conjured by most other versions. Lombardo's expert reading makes the tale's convolutions easy to follow despite its length, and though he doesn't always reach for the extremes one might expect (Achilles' crashing rage sometimes sounds like mere irritation, and soldiers faced with certain death can seem less than petrified), his voice does become mesmerizing. The interruptions between books, in which Sarandon reads synopses of the next, are jarring and unnecessary, since the synopses are printed in a handy booklet, along with a useful map and list of names and places. Similarly, while the thrumming cello and percussion theme that opens and closes each book sets the tone nicely, the electronic chords that sometimes accompany dreams, deaths or appearances of the gods are rather off-putting. Such quibbles notwithstanding, Lombardo's Iliad both sings to 21st century ears and holds true to Homer's original vision; the blind bard would be proud. Lombardo has also translated and narrated Homer's Odyssey for Parmenides. Available as Hackett Publishing paperback. (Reviews, Feb. 13). (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.