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  • Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Crawford Logan
    Overall
    (87)
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    (59)
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    (59)

    The oldest long poem in Old English, written about AD 1,000, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior of southern Scandinavia, in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorizes the Scyldings of Hrothgar's Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result, he has to face her enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce dragon.

    Andrew says: "Beowulf lives again!"
    "Beowulf lives again!"
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    What did you love best about Beowulf?

    As a teacher of English, I'm interested in all aspects of the language. The sheer scope of this Anglo-Saxon epic marks it out as the most important surviving text of its kind anywhere. Of course, not everyone can read or understand the Old English language of Anglo-Saxon times, so Naxos have performed a masterstroke in producing a beautifully read modern (prose) translation of the story, thus making it available to a much wider audience. Any translation is, by definition, a compromise, but comparing this modern reading with the energy and beauty of the original alliterative verse shows that it can be done and, as in this case, most convincingly. Anyone interested in Beowulf - even for the first time - will be enthralled by this version and, as with all Naxos products, be happily surprised by the very reasonable price. I have been buying Naxos products for years and I must say I have never once regretted it. The recording quality is superb and the production team seem to be experts in putting together top-quality performances!


    What other book might you compare Beowulf to and why?

    Sir Gawain and The Green Giant is another masterstroke in making one of the greatest poetical works of Middle English available to a modern audience. The verse translation retains much of the alliteration and power of the original and will appeal to audiences of various age groups.


    Have you listened to any of Crawford Logan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to various versions of Beowulf, but this is the first time I've heard Crawford Logan reading anything. His performance of this epic is wonderfully alive and certainly the best reading I have heard to date.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story is already well known to me, so I was more interested in how close to the original this modern reading comes across. This is a superb reading in every respect!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, and enjoy Anglo-Saxon history at its best! You may even be tempted to do a course and study the original Old English verse some day!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Benedict Flynn
    • Narrated By Sean Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    These stories are about how, many years ago, Arthur the once and future King of England, set out to save his country from the troubles that plagued it, aided by the brave knights of the Round Table, and the most famous sword in the world, Excalibur. How Merlin the Wizard fought against the wicked Morgana le Fay's enchantments, and how Arthur loved and lost the beautiful Guinevere, his Queen.

    Toni says: "A Voice to be Heard"
    "King Arthur - The Legendary King of England"
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    If you could sum up King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in three words, what would they be?

    Power, Adventure, Chivalry


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of King Arthur is, of course, only a legend, and most boys who grew up in England (as I did) will be aware of the numerous battles, and acts of chivalry, as well as the moments of love and despair that Arthur and his knights go through in trying to run a unified country in the wake of the breakdown of Roman rule. This Naxos audio CD depicts all the elements of the story we read about at school, from the time of Aurthur's birth right through to his death and his departure across the sea to his final resting place in the mystical Avalon. The sense of power, adventure and chivalry comes through beautifully in this wonderful telling of the story and will appeal to children of all ages as well as some adults!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favourite part is where Arthur, having been fatally wounded, is collected silently by the Maidens of the Water and ferried away to his final resting place in Avalon, a mysterious island somewhere across the sea.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was nice to be able to familiarise myself with the Arthurian adventures again after nearly fifty years, so that I can share the magic of the story with my grandchildren.


    Any additional comments?

    Another superb production from Naxos!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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