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Extended Audio Sample The Aeneid, by Virgil
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virgil Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Virgil's sweeping epic, starring Ralph Fiennes as Aeneas and Derek Jacobi as the Narrator. One of the classics of all time, The Aeneid was Virgil's last and greatest work. In it, he recounts in vivid imagery the legendary origin of the Roman Empire.

The story begins after the Greeks have destroyed the city of Troy. The Trojan Prince Aeneas, defeated and depressed, leads his remaining citizens to a new land and a new destiny foretold by the Gods. The journey to the west coast of Italy is full of adventure, love, betrayal and suffering.

On the island of Carthage, Aeneas meets Queen Dido who shelters his people. The two fall in love, but their happiness comes to a tragic end. Once in Italy, all seems hopeful, but soon rivalries develop between Aeneas and local powers and war breaks out...

Using a version of The Aeneid translated by C. Day Lewis, this memorable performance is put on by a star cast including Anna Massey, Gina McKee, Diana Quick and Eleanor Bron.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Baxter Trautman | 1/10/2014

    " Have to read it with The Guide to Classical Mythology on my lap but it's what the character in my novel is parsing through. He is taken, as am I, with the parallels of war and place despite the distance of centuries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by RK Byers | 1/9/2014

    " Virgil should leave Homer to Homer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bernard Norcott-mahany | 1/7/2014

    " A very readable translation of the "Aeneid." It won the National Book Award the year it came out and remains one of the better translations of Vergil's epic. It's also usually quite inexpensive which might make this the translation to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 12/26/2013

    " I'm really not sure what the plot is here. It's about the founding of Rome, I guess, but things seem to wander. I'm reviewing a bit late, but it didn't make sense to me when I read it either. "

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