I am not a poet or literature critic. I merely love Beowulf.
The "Rendering" of the poem itself is interesting. Its a 3000 line poem, though, and "interest" will wear. This is not the best version of Beowulf. I think the author (renderer?) would agree. Still, it is interesting to see it done in a similar poetic style to the original.
If you want to read Beowulf once - just so you've experienced it - this is not the version I'd recommend. Probably Heany. But if you like Beowulf and are interested in reading different versions I would recommend this one.
The best part of this book though, in my opinion, is not the poem but the essays at the end. One examines the themes of Beowulf and one examines the structure. I thought these were excellent and would recommend this to anyone with an interest in this poem.
The book itself is a sturdy paperback published by canon press. It looks good. The quality was good - quality paper and print in my copy.