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The Aeneid Audiobook

The Aeneid

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the much-anticipated new translation of Virgil's epic poem from the award-winning translator Robert Fagles.

The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

The Aeneid is a sweeping epic of arms and heroism and a searching portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and the force of his own destiny. Here, Fagles brings to life the timeless journey of Aeneas as he flees the ashes of Troy to found Roman society and change forever the course of the Western world.

Fagles' translation retains all of the gravitas and humanity of the original as well as its powerful blend of poetry and myth.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Translation ©2006 Robert Fagles
(P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Melanie 06-14-08
    Melanie 06-14-08

    I love words that can take me into other worlds.

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    "Grand epic"

    I downloaded this with some trepidation, fearing it would be too dense for listening. But the combination of a very accessible translation and a brilliant reading have proved my concerns unfounded. This is a marvelous way to enjoy one of the masterpieces of classical Roman literature. In many ways, it's better than reading, as the reader glides over names whose pronunciation would baffle me. I have listened to this while jogging and even cooking and have never found myself lost. A great story told by a great storyteller.

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    Monte 12-14-07
    Monte 12-14-07 Member Since 2015
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    "The Aeneid"

    Great story and terrific translation. Unfortunately, the narrator seems to have mistakenly undertaken an onstage Shakespearean performance rather than an audiobook narration. You can almost feel the spittle on your face as the narrator overdramatically renders the speakers. I agree with the other reviewers, read this magnificent book and wait for the next audiobook version.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. I. 08-27-16
    J. A. I. 08-27-16 Member Since 2014

    Incendas in terra aquilonis

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    "Not Quite Homeric"

    But the story of Troy is continued by Virgil's muse ...

    "Of arms and a man I sing ..."

    Simon Callow's performance is awesome.

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    k 07-24-16
    k 07-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator sometimes talked too low"

    The narrator sometimes talked very low which made it difficult to hear, especially when listening while driving.

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    Matthew 06-11-16
    Matthew 06-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing performance"

    Wow, just incredible. The scene of Dido's curses of Aeneas when he is about to leave Carthage literally gave me chills. I don't know how much of the effect was Vergil's, how much Fagles', but Simon Callow made a virtuoso performance of the text he had.

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    Zachary 02-02-16
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    "Great reading!"

    I don't know how anyone might not like it. It's a classic greek, well, classic.

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-15
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-15 Member Since 2015

    I like to read but listening is better.

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    "A Classic Worth Reading"

    I had just finished reading Homer's 2 epics prior to reading this, and feel like that helped me to understand things a bit better. However, I still had to rely heavily on a reader, which I could use after each chapter. An added benefit to having a reader is that since it's going to be in print form you actually get to see names spelled out and that helps me to keep the characters straight.

    Parts of this book were like the Odyssey and parts of it were like the Iliad. In general I found this to be more like the Iliad in that the gods played a big role. I feel like that makes things more confusing at times.

    This narrator was different from any other I have listened to. I think some people will love his overly dramatic, loud style, but I found it to be way too much.

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    Maura 09-02-15
    Maura 09-02-15
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    "Good actor's distracting reading of the amazing Aeneid"

    I was hoping to be floored by Fagles' translation, narrated by an actor I like very much. However, Simon Callow's performance is overly-dramatized in tone and dynamics to the extent that it is hard to follow the poetry and plot. One sentence will vary from shrill and shouted to whispered and mumbled, with the wrong words emphasized. Disappointing.

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    Jason P Ohio USA 07-12-15
    Jason P Ohio USA 07-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A great story, but not the best narration."
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    Buy the Charlton Griffin narrated version!
    This book is great but I highly recommend the Charlton Griffin narrated version. It is a better narration and translation. But best of all it begins with a wonderful introduction that includes a greatly needed chapter by chapter synopsis of the events of the book. See my review of that version for more a more detailed review.

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    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 10-09-14
    Joseph Scarnici San Juan Capistrano, CA 10-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Virgil is a master of what he did"

    .... and that was to make Augustus look good to the Romans.
    Great book, the reader dropped his voice low sometimes making it hard to understand. It was a great epic, completes the story of the Trojan war and the founding of Rome. Not as interesting as the Illiad as he had an agenda to glorify Rome instead of a tale to entertain but I'm sure the Romans of the Agustus Era enjoyed it.

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