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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: March 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coco | 1/20/2014

    " Read in my spare time since I hadn't in school and figured I should. After getting over the "So-and-so, son of Blahdy-blah" and the over-glorifying of the characters as is the nature of an epic poem, it was actually an enjoyable read. I hadn't known Beowulf's other exploits besides Grendel and his mother. (January 2008) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jojo | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed the Beowulf movie, so naturally I started to read the book, hoping the book would be better. I was wrong... I do fill guilt bashing the name of a great poem such as Beowulf, but I have to write what I felt as I was reading the book. The book did little for me to keep me interested, but there were several battles that were as great as predicted. But I do have to say you literally have to want to read the book to actually want to finish it. On a side note the movie was not the same as the book, but almost completely different. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexa | 1/12/2014

    " Beowulf is an epic journey through European mythology which I thorouhly enjoyed. I recommend this for people who love dabbling in ancient tales. Like several of the other works that I've read, Beowulf was an assignment from my Honors English II class (and I do believe I would have gotten more out of it if I hadn't so anxiously poured over it and enjoyed my time reading the story. All the same, it's wonderful). I have never watched the popular movie, however my teacher has given it bad reviews and pushes the policy to "never judge a book by it's movie" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 1/12/2014

    " It's all about the flow of language for me. I much prefer to here it read to me in old English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Dimarucut | 12/28/2013

    " This book is great because I'm into a lot of action books and this is one of the best that I have read, and I read a lot of action books. This book gets me thinking because I haven't read a lot of this at school and I haven't even watched the movie, so I would try and predict what would happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jiji | 11/16/2013

    " Loved the story of Beowulf! Even though we were forced to read it in school, this is one of the few stories that I really enjoyed. Full of adventure, castles, action, and monsters. Definitely worth a good read if you can understand the writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Gould | 11/6/2013

    " Read for Uni, half on a Saturday night infront f the tv and half on a Sunday morning, easy to plod through for an old tale, however the many foreign names mentioned in passing can get a little confusing along with the excessive variantiions of people's names and titles. Occasionally beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Castillo | 10/22/2013

    " I tried to read beowulf in a lot of different translations. This one is by far the easiest. I'm not a scholar so I don't know if it's the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla Becich | 10/17/2013

    " Prose was interesting and different. The story in itself however is not something that excites my imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Longo | 10/3/2013

    " I discuss this book in my review of "Grendel." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dakota | 9/10/2013

    " This is a beautiful translation! It flows smoothly and poetically while keeping its bewitching originality. I can't imagine re-reading 'Beowulf' by anyone but Heaney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 4/9/2013

    " All the verse translations are better than the prose translations. I think I prefer the Michael Alexander verse translation over the Heaney, although they are both quite good. I would like to read the Frederick Rebsamen version also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/25/2013

    " I only picked this up for the original Anglo-Saxon, of course. Heaney's wafflings on the other page were unforgivable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria Kelnhofer | 1/26/2013

    " My issue is the translation. I do not enjoy his translation from the Anglo-Saxon. I have read better translations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 1/7/2013

    " I like the hero's journey aspect of the story, and the fact that it's so old, and a look into a really different time period and culture from the present day America. I just didn't really enjoy reading it. Not the type of style I'm into, is all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/10/2012

    " The best version of a classic. What else can I say? Beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Etienne Melton | 7/7/2012

    " One of my favorite stories of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wil Abtahi | 5/27/2012

    " One of the finest epics I know. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah | 4/19/2012

    " Read the English Literature Version you read in English Class "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harrison | 1/9/2012

    " 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 Lora | 1/5/2012

    " Fabulous!! I've finally read this, altho' I had to do it out loud when no one was around. What an interesting story. In a few years, I think my son will enjoy it too. It's actually a 'follow-able' plot, even if the people & place-names are a bit complicated and strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Courrégé | 7/15/2011

    " S'alright. There were some exciting scenes in this book, and there were some hidden messages that you must really search for, but some of the book is boring and useless. All in all, not a bad read. Certainly better than that atrocious film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 minoska | 6/27/2011

    " Interesting but boring...does that make sense? It was just too much of a slow and long read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 6/18/2011

    " THE reason I majored in English. Definitely not for everyone, but if you love Old English, epic poems and/or anything Anglo-Saxon, you will definitely love Beowulf. "

  • 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. "

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