Fantastic! My students loved their study of Beowulf this year, largely due to the addition of this audiobook to the curriculum.
Heaney's version of Beowulf is great, and I was looking forward to the man reading his own book. But it's not the whole thing. Not happy about this! The book is not so long that they couldn't have given us an unabridged version.
This is one of the most magnificent books I've ever read. The text can be somewhat confusing so this audio version proved extremely helpful. I highly recommend this audio version and translation.
Required reading in high school. I have been back to this one again and again. Heaney is so much my preferred reader that I will listen to no other rendition of this work.
I listen to this for different reasons each time it seems. I have come to Beowulf to experience the action, or the honor, or the tragedy, or the hope. I am in the mood for this book every fall and many summers. Listening to it helps me identify my own internal struggle in the mirrored images of these people.
Words fail. I love the story, this particular translation and Mr Heaney's narration. It's short but epic. You feel as if you're sitting around the campfire hearing tales from the bard. I listen to this every few months and it's never stale.
Pagan Christian Worldview
I enjoyed how the story allowed us to enter into the world of Beowulf's day, to begin to understand the world before Christianity and to see the seeds of salvation that God was planting in this story and in this time of history.
The pronunciation of so many names and his wonderful accent!
No, that might be too much. We enjoyed listening and then discussing in segments.
A classic I recommend to all!