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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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    No snappy nickname 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    J. A. I. 08-27-16
    J. A. I. 08-27-16 Member Since 2014

    Incendas in terra aquilonis

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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.

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    Maura 09-02-15
    Maura 09-02-15
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    "Good actor's distracting reading of the amazing Aeneid"

    I was hoping to be floored by Fagles' translation, narrated by an actor I like very much. However, Simon Callow's performance is overly-dramatized in tone and dynamics to the extent that it is hard to follow the poetry and plot. One sentence will vary from shrill and shouted to whispered and mumbled, with the wrong words emphasized. Disappointing.

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    Melanie 06-14-08
    Melanie 06-14-08

    I love words that can take me into other worlds.

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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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    Chaske Fisher 05-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Aeneid"

    Whether Aeneus was a fiction or real, and if he was real, regardless of how his life was glorified, this book is an exceptional study for any student of western civilization in understanding how we have come to this time when a secret power has nearly subdued all mankind into slavery and despotic tyrrany...

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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.

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    k 07-24-16
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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.

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    Matthew 06-11-16
    Matthew 06-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing performance"

    Wow, just incredible. The scene of Dido's curses of Aeneas when he is about to leave Carthage literally gave me chills. I don't know how much of the effect was Vergil's, how much Fagles', but Simon Callow made a virtuoso performance of the text he had.

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    Zachary 02-02-16
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    "Great reading!"

    I don't know how anyone might not like it. It's a classic greek, well, classic.

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