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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight | Simon Armitage

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

    Mary says: "great original, translation, and reader"
  • The Odyssey (Dramatized) |  Homer,Simon Armitage - dramatisation

    The Odyssey (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Homer, Simon Armitage - dramatisation
    • Narrated By Tim McInnerny, Amanda Redman, full cast
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    "My fame is written in the heavens, and my fate too..." So speaks Odysseus as he starts to recount his struggles to sail home to Ithaca, in one of the greatest pieces of storytelling in Western literature. The Odyssey is his incredible traveller's tale, and also the story of his faithful wife Penelope who waits for him, besieged by suitors, and their son Telemachus who has a quest of his own.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Excellent, but not an exam reference!"
  • Walking Home: A Poet's Journey | Simon Armitage

    Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The wandering poet has always been a feature of our cultural imagination. Odysseus journeys home, his famous flair for storytelling seducing friend and foe. The Romantic poets tramped all over the Lake District searching for inspiration. Now Simon Armitage, with equal parts enthusiasm and trepidation, as well as a wry humor all his own, has taken on Britain’s version of our Appalachian Trail: the Pennine Way.

    Raleigh says: "elegant literary stroll"
  • The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation | Simon Armitage (translator)

    The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage (translator)
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    First appearing around 1400, The Alliterative Morte Arthur, or The Death of King Arthur, is one of the most widely beloved and spectacularly alliterative poems ever penned in Middle English. Now, from the internationally acclaimed translator of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, comes this magisterial new presentation of the Arthurian tale, rendered in unflinching and gory detail. Following Arthur's bloody conquests across the cities and fields of Europe, all the way to his spectacular and even bloodier fall, this masterpiece features some of the most spellbinding and poignant passages in English poetry.

    Christopher says: "Hardcore Arthur Fans and Medievalists Will Love It"
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight | Simon Armitage

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Simon Armitage
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    When the mysterious Green Knight arrives unbidden at the Round Table one Christmas, only Gawain is brave enough to take up his challenge.... This story, first told in the 1400s, is one of the most enthralling, dramatic and beloved poems in the English tradition. Now, in Simon Armitage, the poem has found its perfect modern translator. Armitage's retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight captures all of the magic and wonderful storytelling of the original while also revitalising it.

  • Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way | Simon Armitage

    Walking Home: Travels with a Troubadour on the Pennine Way

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Simon Armitage
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    In summer 2010 Simon Armitage decided to walk the Pennine Way. The challenging 256-mile route is usually approached from south to north, from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, the other side of the Scottish border. He resolved to tackle it the other way round: through beautiful and bleak terrain, across lonely fells and into the howling wind, he would be walking home, towards the Yorkshire village where he was born.

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