Reading and listening to the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf are vastly different experiences. The anonymous author of this classic text wrote in soaring poetry that Lesslie Hall translated here. And poetry, as everyone knows, should be read aloud. Thus Fleet Cooper captures the rhythms and nuances of Beowulf for audiobook listeners without the disruptions that a reader might encounter, such as footnotes, unfamiliar spelling, etc. Cooper's grave and graceful rendition of this famed tale does justice to the Scandinavian hero who defeats the monster Grendel. The language is both beautiful and violent, and this performance conveys the epic's timeless power.
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.