Glad you've figured it out for now. Just remember that
(1) the parts on the CDs are actual sections of the Iliad, word-for-word, not "retold" types of abridgements, and
(2) the skipped parts are summarized by a *different* narrator, so you can clearly tell what parts are left out, plus
(3) the little booklet in the CD set will tell you the exact lines that are read/left out - that booklet was essential for us, our CDs weren't marked so we needed the booklet.
Wanted to make sure you knew that the woman narrator is summarizing the skipped segments.
And also, a couple of the things in the booklet were a little off on our CDs. Not a big deal, but don't spend any time trying to figure it out if this happens.
In case it helps, I still have my son's schedule here on my computer from last year. It looks like about half of the original is included, not sure? Note that my son is NOT a reader and needs more prodding than some
- Iliad books 1, 2, 3
- Sparknotes on books 4-5, or parts of the analysis anyways
(Note: a short book 4 is supposed to be on my CD for lines 489-630 but I couldn't find it?),
and of course the MFW guide notes!
- Iliad book 6
- Sparknotes on book 7
- Iliad book 8 (this is short, female voice summarizes and male voice reads the indicated lines from the text)
- Iliad book 9
- Sparknotes on book 10
- Iliad book 11
- Sparknotes on books 12-13
- Iliad book 14
- Sparknotes on book 15 (start writing responses to these chapters even though you didn't read them, to follow the story along)
- Iliad book 16 (over 2 days, and stop partway thru these long chapters to recap events & write or take notes - use Sparknotes to help if needed)
- Sparknotes on chapter 17
- Iliad book 18 (NOTE: since my son really objected to the endless description of the shield in book 18, I read/summarized the Sparknotes section on "Analysis: Books 17-18" which made several good points about how this shield description fits into the total narrative)
- Iliad book 19
- Iliad book 20 (the CD is just an intro/overview and the last paragraph of the book, so also read Sparknotes)
- Iliad book 21 (the CD is the first half of the book, then read MFW comments on book 21, then read the paragraph that follows the CD (lines 436-445, Zeus laughed), then read Sparknotes on the 2nd half of book 21, discuss all)
- Iliad book 22 (CD begins with a summary of the second half of book 21, a review; now that we're reaching the pinnacle of the book, write at least a few words on each section I've penciled in)
- Iliad books 23-24
Anyways, we ended up focusing less on the missing chapters that I had planned, since really the parts that are left out tend to be parts about extraneous characters and events that aren't central to the story, or yet another battle scene which can be summarized pretty easily as being just like the last one
But we did use Sparknotes to notice some themes and such, such as the part on the shield I mentioned above (which had been really irritating my son!). The abridgement also gave us time to listen to The Teaching Company lectures on the Iliad. Not necessary at all, but we liked them.