AudioFile Recommends

THE ILIAD
by Homer, Robert Fitzgerald [Trans.] | Read by Dan Stevens

One recognizable characteristic of THE ILIAD in any translation is its extensive dialogue. Every character, mortal or otherwise, has something to say--and it's usually a lot. Dan Stevens has a gift for dialogue, so it's little surprise that his performance of this title is highly enjoyable. Whether listeners are familiar with the genre or coming to it cold, Stevens takes Robert Fitzgerald's translation and becomes a one-man show, making it accessible and exciting. One small criticism of Stevens's performance is that he sometimes gets so invested in the dialogue that he speaks a bit too quickly for every word to sink in--but this never continues for long, and it takes nothing away from the production's overall value. N.J.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine