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Kindle is free. "This publication features the Samuel Butler translation" from 1898

It's the Audible part that is $0.49. You can sample the Audible version here:
https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Il...229106391X
A quick scan doesn't tell me which translation it uses.

A few reviews of the separate versions of the two books here, not very favorable unfortunately:
https://www.audible.com/search?se...les+Purkey

Usually the way to go on these is to get the Kindle book, then go to Audible and see what versions it lets you buy at a discount, check the ratings, listen to a sample, see which version you like. In this case just this version is discounted (for non members).

Usual price is $0.94 fwiw.

From an Amazon review of the Iliad:

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I would certainly encourage you to consider trying some or all of the above, but I might suggest (purely as a practical and inexpensive starting point) the public domain, prose translation by Samuel Butler, available for free from various online sources. A free verson may not be currently offered in the Kindle Store, but several well-formatted editions are sold there for as little as $.99, and for that low price some even include Butler's translation of "The Odyssey." Although a well-known, late 19th century translator of Homer's two epics and the favorite of many readers, Samuel Butler isn't necessarily the scholar's favorite, and (like virtually every other translator of Homer) he has a few idiosyncrasies [see the NOTE below]. Therefore, he may not be considered the "best" translator from an academic perspective, but Samuel Butler's English IS straightforward, comparatively easy-to-read, and appropriately majestic but quite understandable; you will certainly be able to better appreciate and enjoy the drama and sweep of the "Iliad" in HIS version rather than struggle with the awkward English of Lord Derby's.

NOTE: One of Butler's idiosyncracies (which is by no means unique to him) is a preference for using the names of Roman deities rather than the Greek (as in "Jove" rather than "Zeus"). He did so because he felt readers of his time were more familiar with the Roman names; today, the opposite is true. I do, however, own two hardcovered editions of Butler's translation in which all the Greek names have been restored, so presumably there MAY be a similarly treated ebook available (though I haven't yet found it). Not all (nor even, most) Greek names have been so treated by Butler; "Achilles," for example, remains "Achilles" (though "Odysseus" does become "Ulysses"). But for most readers the occasional appearance of a Roman name should prove to be little more than a minor distraction from an otherwise enjoyable text. Since no translation is perfect, at least this imperfection is quite bearable.
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Great novel. Thanks.
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Kindle is free. "This publication features the Samuel Butler translation" from 1898

It's the Audible part that is $0.49. You can sample the Audible version here:
https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Il...229106391X
A quick scan doesn't tell me which translation it uses.

A few reviews of the separate versions of the two books here, not very favorable unfortunately:
https://www.audible.com/search?se...les+Purkey

Usually the way to go on these is to get the Kindle book, then go to Audible and see what versions it lets you buy at a discount, check the ratings, listen to a sample, see which version you like. In this case just this version is discounted (for non members).

Usual price is $0.94 fwiw.

From an Amazon review of the Iliad:
Any idea which audio version is best?
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Sucks it is not freeee
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IMO, readability varies greatly between the many different translations. I'm currently reading the Illiad (Lattimore translation) and feel I have to go through a few steps before I actually understand what's happening. For me I absolutely need the hard copy version so I can make notes in the margins.

1. Read each chapter/book, looking up names I come across to find out who they are or whom they are related to.
2. Listen to a chapter/book synopsis by someone who knows what they're talking about on YouTube.
3. Read a commentary on the chapter/book, following along in my hard copy version, making notes on the pages.

I applaud anyone who can listen to this as an audiobook and understand it.
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Shows up as free for me. Both book and audible.
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