The Iliad & The Odyssey (Unabridged) - Homer
Before I listened to this pair of audiobooks, I had already read Robert Fagles' translation of The Odyssey, but had never had time to read The Iliad. (It wasn't a requirement for obtaining a degree in physics.) Since it seemed unfortunate to never have read one of the foundations of Western literature, and knowing that I was unlikely to have time to ever read The Odyssey again, I downloaded and listened to both of these books. I'm glad that I did. Even having read The Odyssey, it was magnificent to listen to it aurally, the same way that Homer's original audiences absorbed it. And as for The Iliad, I simply would never have had time to read it. But listening to the story of the siege of Troy with my iPod in my car (hooked into my sound system on a hardline input) while I was driving, and also in my basement as I assembled bookcases, made it easy to finally absorb this masterpiece over the course of a week. The English translation is excellent, and the narrators who perform the readings are likewise excellent: smooth and clear. Considering the number of hours these two books required for recording, this audiobook of the twin masterpieces of early Western literature is a terrific value. I recommend it even for people who have read these books, as reading is not the same as hearing them the way Homer's audiences did.