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The Aeneid | [Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Virgil]

The Aeneid

Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.
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Publisher's Summary

Robert Fitzgerald's magnificent translation of Virgil's epic poem was a major literary event at its release in 1983; today it is an acknowledged masterpiece. Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.

©1980 Translation by Robert Fitgerald; (P)1995 HighBridge Company.

What the Critics Say

"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come." (The New York Review of Books)

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    Kodiak1221 New York, NY 02-26-13
    Kodiak1221 New York, NY 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

    I feel like this audio has been time stretched in the editing process, the narrator's voice is fine but can be hard to listen to as the audio moves, it sounds like the time compressed it to make it shorter.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 04-02-14
    Dave 04-02-14
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    What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

    The narration seems awkward with now flow to it. It was almost as if Ravenscroft were reading from an instruction manual rather than a story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a classic, and the narrator does add a little emotion added at times.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Ravenscroft’s performances?

    Not likely.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Allie Pennsylvania, USA 02-09-14
    Allie Pennsylvania, USA 02-09-14
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    "The aeneid"
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    the recording seems to skips parts of the book that i have. Its a little weird

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Copper Canyon, TX, United States 04-01-13
    Laura Copper Canyon, TX, United States 04-01-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is easy to understand, fascinating and helps one better understand Greek myths and Roman mythology.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first part of this book is adventurous, like the Odyssey, and the second is fighting, like the Iliad. The best of both books, though not as much of a smash and bang cacaphony like the Iliad, and it has the better storyline of the Odyssey.


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

    I have not.


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

    No it did not. It was strictly read for school purposes, though I would listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to tell exactly where you are. Not much warning of which chapter your in, so if this is for school purposes, you may want to get the Robert Fitzgerald translation in the actual book. Be warned, the two are not fully parallel, the audio will occasionally skip up to five pages or more just to get to the point, this can cause confusion. The two for the most part read the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Sid Vogel 10-30-14
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    Would you listen to The Aeneid again? Why?

    I wanted to listen to this Poem because it is a key part of the fabric of Western Civilization's world view. Along with Homer's epic tales and the Bible, perhaps this is one of the foundational pieces of literature that defines Rome, it's view of itself, the basis of Roman society, law, honor, civic duty, and patriotism. It is all a story, well told, but it helps us understand the Roman thought process that was spread through out the Western World. It was entertaining, and given time, i would listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shocking detail at how it accounted for the known history of the world at the time it was written and included the heroes and gods of the Greek legends.


    What about Christopher Ravenscroft’s performance did you like?

    Clear, steady pace. Nice voice, easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not possible


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to understand the foundations of Western Civilization, and why we think the way we do, this is one of the important pieces of literature you should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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