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The Aeneid Audiobook

The Aeneid

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the much-anticipated new translation of Virgil's epic poem from the award-winning translator Robert Fagles.

The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

The Aeneid is a sweeping epic of arms and heroism and a searching portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and the force of his own destiny. Here, Fagles brings to life the timeless journey of Aeneas as he flees the ashes of Troy to found Roman society and change forever the course of the Western world.

Fagles' translation retains all of the gravitas and humanity of the original as well as its powerful blend of poetry and myth.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

Translation ©2006 Robert Fagles
(P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Anthony Moosic, PA, USA 01-24-09
    Anthony Moosic, PA, USA 01-24-09
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    "I'm happy I bought this one"

    This combination of translation and narration brings the beauty and passion of this work to the modern listener in a way similar to how it must have struck the ancient one. Some basic knowledge of the classical period will be helpful. The narrator does have a habit of dropping his voice at the end of sentences but this is a minor flaw considering his overall excellent rendition. This presentation helps one to understand why Virgil's work is a timeless classic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    No snappy nickname 04-05-17
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    "Ratings are of this version, NOT the real Aeneid"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I can't recommend this or any of the audio-format Aeneids to a friend. Vergil is one of the most difficult poets in any language to translate. And while Fagles' Iliad is a classic for a reason, he doesn't "feel" Vergil the way that he "feels" Homer. The translation is turgid and stodgy and. . .basically everything that people who do not read Latin assume that Vergil is.

    I can only recommend either the Lombardo or Ahl translations, and neither has been recorded.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Virgil again?

    Absolutely, if someone records a better translation.


    Do you think The Aeneid needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    And. . .we see auto-forms gone hilariously wrong.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Wisniewski 12-10-16
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    "Great tale. Great voice actor. Distracting performance."

    The story is obviously a classic. Simon callow is an incredible dramatic actor. And he puts on quite a performance here. But it's such a performance that it distracts from the story quite a bit. The voices he creates for old women and grieving women are a little over the top.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iacobus de arenoso 08-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Quite Homeric"

    But the story of Troy is continued by Virgil's muse ...

    "Of arms and a man I sing ..."

    Simon Callow's performance is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kea 07-24-16
    kea 07-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator sometimes talked too low"

    The narrator sometimes talked very low which made it difficult to hear, especially when listening while driving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanieby Washington, DC 06-14-08
    Melanieby Washington, DC 06-14-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Grand epic"

    I downloaded this with some trepidation, fearing it would be too dense for listening. But the combination of a very accessible translation and a brilliant reading have proved my concerns unfounded. This is a marvelous way to enjoy one of the masterpieces of classical Roman literature. In many ways, it's better than reading, as the reader glides over names whose pronunciation would baffle me. I have listened to this while jogging and even cooking and have never found myself lost. A great story told by a great storyteller.

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    Monte 12-14-07
    Monte 12-14-07 Member Since 2015
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    "The Aeneid"

    Great story and terrific translation. Unfortunately, the narrator seems to have mistakenly undertaken an onstage Shakespearean performance rather than an audiobook narration. You can almost feel the spittle on your face as the narrator overdramatically renders the speakers. I agree with the other reviewers, read this magnificent book and wait for the next audiobook version.

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    Amazon Customer 10-18-17
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    "Good but the chapters aren't IN ORDER"

    I enjoyed the audiobook. Usually, when I listen to audiobooks, I follow along in my book but I have found that the Chapter times given in this audiobook are not correct. If you click Section 4, for example, it will not start at the beginning of Chapter/ Book 4 but in the middle of Chapter/ Book 3. It is also a real pain to fast forward or rewind in the audiobook in order to find where the Chapter/ Book actually starts!

    Here are the correct times if you also have this problem:
    Book 1 - 0:00:49
    Book 2 - 1:01:51
    Book 3 - 2:05:10
    Book 4 - 3:01:12
    Book 5 - 3:59:01
    Book 6 - 5:01:26
    Book 7 - 6:15:36
    Book 8 - 7:13:29
    Book 9 - 8:07:41
    Book 10 - 9:03:57
    Book 11 - 10:10:13
    Book 12 - 11:16:03

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Impossible to Listen"
    What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

    The reader ends each line in a heavy breath whisper, making it impossible to hear while driving in the car.
    I want my money back.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I want to bu a version with a better reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Burton 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "WOW"

    Really a Great performance, great narrator, truly well done! I would highly recommend to anyone.

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