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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Gardner Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781440780608
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World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements, including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling “Beowulf”, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun.

In Gardner’s version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel, a beast whose grotesque body and blood thirst condemn him to the life of an outlaw. Grendel is a horrible monster who greedily gobbles up warriors in the Danish mead hall guarded by Beowulf. But within Grendel lurks a soul that delights in dark humor, dramatic pirouettes, and pranks. Both young adult and adult listeners will revel in this powerful complement to a classic tale.

George Guidall’s narration captures a surreal landscape that shimmers on the other side of the original epic’s heroic mirror. What we see is that there’s a little bit of Grendel living is each of us.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 5/24/2011

    " Without a doubt my favorite book since reading it for the fist time in high school and it has remained unchallenged ever since. Grendel's musings are the building blocks of both legendary wit and despair. I'll write more another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/15/2011

    " It has been years, decades, since I read this but I recall loving it. Must read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2011

    " Amazing book - really brings something to life. Shame the author died (motorcycle accident) as I'd like him to have written more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 4/29/2011

    " There's a reason this is considered a classic. It is! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/14/2011

    " Bleak and beautiful. A modern reimagining of the Beowulf story from Grendel's perspective. Crudely funny, bloody, and achingly beautiful at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 4/14/2011

    " bloody fantastic self dipiction of ethics
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 3/16/2011

    " I wish he had been a bit more light hearted in his approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 3/9/2011

    " In my lifetime, I have read exactly two books more than one time through. Grendel By John Gardner, and Narcissus & Goldmund, by Hermann Hesse. "

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About the Author
Author John Gardner

John Gardner (1925–2007) was one of the world’s premier thriller writers, and published more than forty novels, many of which have been bestsellers. Among Gardner’s works are sixteen books in the legendary James Bond series, including Win, Lose, or Die and Never Send Flowers; he also wrote six books featuring Big Herbie Kruger, including Confessor and Maestro, which was a New York Times Book of the Year. A graduate of Cambridge University who did his postgraduate work at Oxford, he lived in Hampshire. Gardner had variously been a stage magician, an officer in the Royal Marines, a theatrical journalist, a lecturer in Shakespearean production, and a priest in the Church of England.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.