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The Aeneid Audiobook

The Aeneid

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Publisher's Summary

The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy. He fights and wins a war against mighty Turnus and his Latins, thereby founding the city of Rome and beginning that line of Roman aristocracy which was to end with the great Caesars. With this mighty epic, Virgil glorified the Roman Empire and Augustus in the divine light of Olympian predestination, suggesting a higher power at work in the affairs of Rome. But ultimately, The Aeneid suggests that violence cannot be justified, and that mankind must deal with the consequences of violence whether born of malevolent gods or men.

The greatness of The Aenied lies in its ability to envelope the listener in an aura of spiritual longing, an effect that hitherto had never been accomplished in ancient literature. This was one of the reasons why The Aeneid remained so popular throughout the Middle Ages. Early Christians were greatly impressed by the pious, noble quality of the hero Aeneas, and to them Virgil was an accessible bridge between the pagan world and their own. And his work remained the model for epic poetry right through the Renaissance and beyond. Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton owe a debt of gratitude to Virgil and The Aeneid which can never be repaid.

The Aeneid is organized into 12 books. This recording includes a brief synopsis of the story prior to the beginning of each book in order to help the listener understand the action of the verse.

© and (P)2004 Audio Connoisseur
Translated by Patric Dickenson.

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    Chris 06-26-17
    Chris 06-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "As epic as the Greeks with a noble touch."

    The Aeneid takes the essence of the epic greek poems and enhances it with as much sword and spear as a sense of nobility that sways elegantly through its iambic pentameter.
    Moreover, the remarkable Mr. Charlton Griffin and the whole production make of this legacy a true example of mastery.

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    FinalFrontier 07-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Mix of Thoughtful and Theatrical"

    The Aeneid is one of those "bucket list" books many people say they'll get around to at some point. If you ever do try to read it on your own, you could lose interest, either because of the length or the realities of life. That is why I'm pleased to see so many versions of this book on Audible.

    The story itself is indeed a good book. Like most epics, it works well with a good voice talent.

    Charleton Griffin is an excellent narrator. While he may not have the "voice of God," his voice is firm, rich, full, strong and authoritative.

    Griffin seems to have been trained in classical theater. As a voice actor, he puts this training to work effectively. One benefit of this training is that we get some of the best diction I've heard from anyone this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Griffin also realizes that neither he nor his audience can see each other. Given this, he uses his abilities as a voice actor to add vocal nuances to his narration.

    He paces the story in a way that allows you to think about it, yet he can be dramatic where it's needed.

    As a result, you have a performance that takes the dramatic effects of the theater and combines it with the ability to tell the story as if you were the only one hearing it.

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    Mountain K9iner 05-06-15
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    "Short of learning Latin, this is great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are certain works every educated person should read, and the Aeneid is high on the list. Griffin's formal, somewhat stilted reading is appropriate for this text. I have not compared other English translations of the Aeneid, but this one, with a few odd word choices, stayed true to the parts of the original I'm familiar with.

    The only reason the story gets 4 stars instead of 5 is that, as classical epics go, Homer is the only one who deserves 5 stars. But then, who can live up to his standards?


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    Linda Hanson sisters, oregon 08-30-11
    Linda Hanson sisters, oregon 08-30-11
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    "masterpiece"

    It is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Possibly my new favorite book of all time. If you can read it and pass it on please do so.

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    David Tucson, AZ, USA 03-08-07
    David Tucson, AZ, USA 03-08-07
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    "Good, not great, translation"

    The narrarator is very good. The musical interludes are quite a nice touch as well. However, the translation itself seems somewhat cumbersome in many places.

    Overall: Very good

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    Calico Pete 05-24-17
    Calico Pete 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    If you enjoyed the Illiad and the Odyssey you will love The Aeneid - a breathtaking, suspenseful, poignant and action packed ride that takes you through the fall of Troy, to the tragic love affair with Dido and the final bloody battlefields of Italy. Behind the journey lurk the vengeful gods, particularly Juno (Hera) dogging Aeneis's steps like an evil witch. Much more so than Homer, Virgil highlights the terrible futility and waste of war. In terms of Charlton Griffin's narration, yes, there is the odd pronunciation of some words that is vaguely irritating but you get used to it and is more than compensated for by a very powerful performance and his surprising ability to so effectively do female voices. Some reviewers commented on a brief summary given at the beginning of each chapter or book - that wasn't part of the audio book I listened to. A very accessible translation. I would thoroughly recommend this audio edition of the The Aeneid!

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    Dr. 02-04-17
    Dr. 02-04-17
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    "FIRST RATE!"

    Truly awe inspiring. I'm just sad that it had to come to an end and I doubt I will ever enjoy another audio book this much ever again.

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    Carolivia Herron Washington, DC 03-05-16
    Carolivia Herron Washington, DC 03-05-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Returning Cycles of Trouble "

    I listen to it or read it every year. So old a story, yet every year this movement from fallen Troy to the founding of Rome is more a commentary on our troubles. Asia seeking a home in Europe, Africa outraged, piety incapable of securing peace. But what art of presentation , it is art that helps us grasp hope out of the terrible battles. Thank you Vergil/Vergel, and the music between the books was enthralling, with the sound of the Chalton Griffin's voice.

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    Tony Hughes Sarasota, Fl. 07-12-15
    Tony Hughes Sarasota, Fl. 07-12-15
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    "Stunning!"

    All fans of the Illiad and the Odyssey need to continue their journey with this awesome and addictive classic. Great narrative !

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    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 10-13-14
    Memphis Graton, CA, United States 10-13-14
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    "Very Epic and Fantastical Story"

    Enjoyed this book quite a bit, I think I thought it was going to be a bit different then it was for some reason, it is quite a bit similar to the Odyssey or Iliad in tone and form but also different. Whenever the word "epic poem" is used to describe a book I think of something rhymey and syntactic (what does that mean?? ) but this is more like a novel with that epic quality that often is found in old books that are well translated. A bit hard to follow as these sorts of books often are but a lot of that was me not paying enough attention. Would enjoy re-listening at some point. Narration is quality and Griffin does a good job with the female characters which I think he flailed on in the Odyssey. Anyhow, fun and epic book! Perhaps not as epic as the Persian Wars or the Peloponnesian War at least to me, but in some ways perhaps more. Kind of vaguely reminded me of the Narnia Chronicles or some fantasy novel like that in a very slight manner.

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