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  • Beowulf | Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Tad Davis says: "Why, oh, why is it abridged?"
  • Beowulf | Seamus Heaney (translator)

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.

    Tad Davis says: "Almost perfect"
  • Beowulf | Francis B. Gummere (translator)

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Francis B. Gummere (translator)
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking. Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago.

    Jefferson says: "Wonderfully Grim, Austere, Beautiful Beowulf"
  • Beowulf: The New Translation | Gerald J. Davis

    Beowulf: The New Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald J. Davis
    • Narrated By John Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The origins, history and authorship of Beowulf are shrouded in uncertainty. This heroic epic probably began, as most do, with a wandering troubadour strumming a stringed instrument, sitting before a hearth-fire, and singing the verses to a spellbound audience arrayed before him. Beowulf is a rousing adventure story, filled with intrepid heroes, monsters and fire-breathing dragons, which can be listened to for the sheer enjoyment of the tale.

    Katincan says: "An enjoyable listen"
  • Beowulf | Julian Glover

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Julian Glover
    • Narrated By Julian Glover
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    The epic story of this hero’s battle against dragons, monsters, and their mothers is particularly suited to being recorded as an audiobook given that for the first 300 years of its existence it was only ever spoken. The first known (and indeed the only surviving manuscript) of the poem was written in AD 1,000. It survived Henry VIII’s attempts to destroy it (as a religious artifact) and a catastrophic fire that destroyed many other historical British documents.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful performance"
  • The Story of Beowulf | Strafford Riggs

    The Story of Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Strafford Riggs
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A prose translation of the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, this production captures the mood of the original legend of a pagan hero defeating a monster, its mother, and a dragon in Scandinavia.

    22Wonderful says: "Excellent narration!"
  • Beowulf | Robert K. Gordon, translator

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert K. Gordon, translator
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    Beowulf is considered the finest heroic poem in Old English. It celebrates the character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman and warrior, as he proves his superhuman strength and endurance. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, rewarding his men generously and accomplishing glorious deeds to honor his king.

    JerryT says: "Translator Preferred"
  • Beowulf: Dragon Slayer | Rosemary Sutcliff

    Beowulf: Dragon Slayer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Rosemary Sutcliff
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    Grendel prowled in, hating all men and all joy and hungry for human life. So swift was his attack that no man heard an outcry; but when the dawn came, thirty of Hothgar's best and noblest thanes were missing. Only Beowulf, foremost among warriors, has the strength and courage to battle with Grendel the Night-stalker....

    Karen says: "Faithful retelling of the original"
  • Beowulf: CliffsNotes | Stanley P. Baldwin, M.A.

    Beowulf: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stanley P. Baldwin, M.A.
    • Narrated By Ellen Grafton
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    The CliffsNotes study guide on Beowulf supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

    Rosemary says: "Great"
  • Beowulf |  Anonymous

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By J. B. Bessinger
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    It's never been easy to be a hero. When Beowulf arrives at Hrothgar's hall, he discovers that the hall is beset by Grendel, an evil creature that kills and pillages with impunity. Beowulf, in heroic fashion, bests Grendel in combat, then follows Grendel back to his lair to finish the job.

    Kenneth says: "Fun"
  • Beowulf | C. W. Kennedy (translator)

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. W. Kennedy (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Out of the mixture of Latin and Germanic paganism and the Christianity of the Early Middle Ages has sprung one of the world's supremely great pieces of literature. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, delivered a famous lecture to the British Academy in 1936 in which he maintained that Beowulf was a poem all of a piece, and not (as had been suggested) a jumble of fragments for pedantic scholars to paw over.

    James says: "As good as it gets!"
  • Beowulf: A New Translation | Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf: A New Translation

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    Seamus Heaney’s new translation of Beowulf is a work that is both true to the original poem and an expression of something fundamental to Heaney’s own creative gift.One of the great classics of English literature, it tells the story of a hero who wins glory and learns wisdom and is then called upon to face a final test against the monstrous. There are obvious parallels to be found in the history of the twentieth century, and Heaney’s Beowulf cannot fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, revealing psychological and spiritual truths that are both permanent and liberating.

  • Beowulf's Children | Larry Niven,Jerry Pournelle,Steven Barnes

    Beowulf's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
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    A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart. Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.

    Chuck says: "Great follow to legacy!"
  • Beowulf | Francis Barton Gummere - translator

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Francis Barton Gummere - translator
    • Narrated By David McCallion
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    In Denmark, a very prosperous and popular ruler, King Hrothgar, has built a large mead hall and encouraged all of his soldiers to be jubilant and merry. The commotion from the festivities has greatly upset a horrible demon, Grendel, who lives in the swamp. Every night the demon terrorizes the community forcing the Danes to suffer at the hand of the beast for many years until a young Geatish warrior, Beowulf, hears of the plight King Hrothgar has endured.

  • Beowulf |  Anonymous

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Crawford Logan
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    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 [PDQ Edition] | Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown

    Beowulf [PDQ Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown
    • Narrated By Nigle Simmons
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    Beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. The poem also begins in medias ("into the middle of affairs") or simply, "in the middle", which is a characteristic of the epics of antiquity.

  • The Lair of Beowulf: A Phoenix Quest Adventure, Book 3 | K.T. Tomb

    The Lair of Beowulf: A Phoenix Quest Adventure, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By K.T. Tomb
    • Narrated By Becky Boyd
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    In the third exciting novel of this treasure-hunting series, Thalia Phoenix (aka Phoe), who is an amateur archaeologist, is at an impasse when Simon Kessler wants her to find Beowulf's lair. Convinced that the Beowulf myth is nothing but an ancient poem, she refuses. Instead Peter takes the mission. When Peter bungles the job, Phoe, Peter, Jonathan, and a computer expert named Kadan get swept up into something dangerous and compelling, something no human has ever experienced.

  • Beowulf | Douglas Wilson

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Wilson
    • Narrated By Douglas Wilson
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    Beowulf has been translated before, but not like this. In this faithful, but hardly wooden translation, Douglas Wilson gives listeners a taste of the heavy alliteration of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Lewis said Anglo-Saxon poetry was like "blows from a hammer" or "the repeated thunder of breakers on the beach." This recording should delight anyone who loves the sounds of words for their own sake. The essays found in the book are not included in this recording.

    David N. says: "Wonderful Reading! Somewhat Poor Audio."
  • Beowulf | Frances B. Grummere (translator)

    Beowulf

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Frances B. Grummere (translator)
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
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    Commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature, Beowulf is an epic poem that traces the exploits of the titular hero. After coming to the aid of the king of the Danes, whose mead hall is under constant attack by the monster Grendel, Beowulf slays Grendel's mother and goes on to become the king of the Geats.

  • Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem | Caitlin L. Gong - translator

    Beowulf: An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Caitlin L. Gong - translator
    • Narrated By Terry Rose
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    Beowulf is an epic poem that has withstood the test of time. It has been translated and studied for centuries and is a hallmark of academic curricula. It is both an adventure and a tragedy and despite some difficult language is a beautiful story of loyalty and courage in the midst of danger.

    NetBoss says: "Unable to continue."
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