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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: Francis B. Gummere Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking....

Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago. Beowulf is our only native English heroic epic. In the figure of Beowulf, the Scandinavian warrior, and his struggles against monsters, the unknown author depicts the life and outlook of a pagan age.

The poem is a subtle blending of themes on the conflict between good and evil, and an examination of heroism. Its skillful arrangement of incidents and use of contrast and parallel show it to be the product of a highly sophisticated culture. This version of Beowulf is the translation by Francis B. Gummere.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natalie Quinn | 2/17/2014

    " I remember reading this story in high school. I wasn't particularly found of this story, however with that being said, I did feel my high school English teacher did a good job of making this story interesting. He helped bring this story to life, and for that, I think this is a good story for a teacher who is looking for traditional literature for the young adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JT | 2/3/2014

    " I would give it 3.5 stars, but 3 will have to suffice. We just read this in British Literature to 1603. It wasn't my favorite poem, but it wasn't bad either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandon Westlake | 2/2/2014

    " A good man battles a monster, violent and bloody. I read it for the first time in HS English as a senior "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nate | 1/24/2014

    " If you want a strict and methodical transcription, please don't approach BEOWULF through this text. This IS a superb translation, however. To translate something does mean more than turning this word into that... it is more than just making sentences digestible in a different or more modern language. It is also to capture the essence of the author's intent. I believe Seamus Heaney accomplishes that with this version of BEOWULF. There is a darker quality which establishes a mood that carries the reader through the book. Gone are the clunky fumblings through disjointed sentences in an attempt to reach famed passages that are frequent memories of BEOWULF from high school. Heaney has constructed this epic into what I imagine the original author would have produced in modern verse. The story is intact, wonderfully wrought, and increased for the modern reader by the cohesion and somber ambiance that now graces this 1000 year old masterpiece. "

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