Book Review: The Iliad (Stephen Mitchell Translation)


The Iliad:
by Homer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First impression of this audio book is Alfred Molena’s butter smooth voice and British accent. It is simply and beautifully read and an absolute pleasure to listen to. This is my first encounter with the Iliad so I can’t compare the translation, but found it thoroughly accessible and engaging.

As for the story itself, in a word, gruelling. Not in a negative way but this is, if you like, ‘R rated’ reading for the violence. But the macchinations and quarrels of gods and men are intriguing and Homer’s use of imagery is delightful.

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