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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 Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2004 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Jim Van | 1/29/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet Borggren | 1/25/2014

    " Highly recommended. Really, give it a chance - very compelling story and the translation makes the language sing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/12/2014

    " Such an important milestone. So glad I had this experience. What I have learned, keeps coming up in everything. This work is really a fundamental illustration of the time period in which it was written and a slice of the life it encompasses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blue Caeruleus | 12/31/2013

    " Not quite as enchanting as I was expecting, but worth reading at least once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jure Godler | 12/18/2013

    " Beowulf! Wuf! Wuf! (Good translation though.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Meiser | 12/2/2013

    " This translation is a poetic masterpiece; it is absolutely beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Goble | 10/31/2013

    " My favorite translation of Beowulf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arwen | 10/26/2013

    " If you're not going to read the original, you might as well read Heaney. It's true that it's not the most committed to textual accuracy, but it's definitely the most successful poetically that I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 10/12/2013

    " Read a watered down version of this in high school, soon follwed by a more acurate translation. It's a good story and great introduction for someone interested in epic literature. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dawn Roberts | 9/28/2013

    " Hated this story as a kid, and still hate it after reading a paraphrase to my kids this year. Nasty, awful, and pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harrison | 6/22/2013

    " A classic--though I think that after Beowulf defeats Grendel's mother the story loses steam... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Bulger | 4/7/2013

    " Another indispensable piece integrated into high school education, Beowulf is a fun and adventurous inventor of the classic creature feature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/15/2012

    " Great poem, fun translation. Get the version with the Anglo-Saxon on the left-hand page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Titus2teen | 12/10/2012

    " I read the normal unsimplefied version. Hard to understand, but a very good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ShotofPatron | 11/15/2012

    " Yet another high school assigned book. I did this senior year with the english translation. Turns out I'd have to read this very book in an English college class as well. I'd like to think I know everything about this story having to read it twice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Bruski | 9/6/2011

    " Beowulf does truly live up to its reputation as the cornerstone of fantasy storytelling. At times it reads like a work of Homer and at others, a book from Tolkien. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Welch | 9/4/2011

    " This was a wonderful book to listen to on tape. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 5/21/2011

    " Historically valuable but I could not make it through the whole thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rp | 5/18/2011

    " I have loved Beowulf since Elementary and I finaly own a copy. This one is great because it has the original text right beside the english translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silvie | 5/17/2011

    " If you're going to read Beowulf, this is the version you'll want. I can't even put into coherent words what this story did for me. Yes, I know, it's dated, but the language! Brought me to tears more than once because I was so into it.

    Keep in mind I'm a Norse geek and a weenie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 5/16/2011

    " Old school monster battles? Written by a cloistered monk? Instant five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/12/2011

    " A great story written by a great storyteller. Must be read with a glass of mead and a haunch of beef! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 5/10/2011

    " Just excellent. I enjoyed every line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 5/9/2011

    " Meh, Liked the Odyssey a lot better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/5/2011

    " I had to read this for school and I am not into prose at all, but overall it was a good book. Funny how the movie in parts does not coincide with the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoenix | 5/4/2011

    " It has the potential to be a good book. The story is.... though for me unrelatable, interesting. Its that having been forced to read it a thousand times that makes me hate it and burst into tears at its mention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 5/2/2011

    " I probably would not have gotten as much out of the book as I did if it was not for the introduction. Now I truely appreciate Seamus Heaney's masterpiece. "

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