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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94,996 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert K. Gordon Narrator: Robertson Dea Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Beowulf is considered the finest heroic poem in Old English. It celebrates the character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman and warrior, as he proves his superhuman strength and endurance. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, rewarding his men generously and accomplishing glorious deeds to honor his king.

The narrative falls into two parts. Beowulf first rescues the royal house of Denmark from two marauding monsters; then, after having ruled his people for fifty years, he is called on to combat a dragon that is terrorizing the countryside.

The poem combines mythical elements, Christian and pagan sensibilities, and actual historical figures and events in a narrative that ranges from vivid descriptions of fierce fighting and detailed portrayals of court life to earnest considerations of social and moral dilemmas. Remarkable for its sustained grandeur of tone and its brilliance of style, it is presented here in an authoritative prose translation by Robert K. Gordon.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Williamson | 2/16/2014

    " The mixture of viking 'pagan' thought and early christianity is quite oddly banged together and creates some strange imagery. However, other than the predictions of doom for the Gaets, "Beowulf" is a tale that is rather monotonous (the animated film has a rather more modern twist to it, and is, to me, more interesting a tale) and for a contemporary reader not well structured. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chad Oakley | 1/31/2014

    " Expected boring, but actually quite good! Wish I could go back to college and sit in on a class reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlotte | 1/31/2014

    " Beowulf--the Anglo-Saxon superhero! What's not to love? This is a very accessible version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim Van | 1/29/2014

    " Ok, I admit it. I'm a bit twisted. Not exactly light late spring reading... "

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