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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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    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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    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.

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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.


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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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    pamtish Dupo, IL 04-12-17
    pamtish Dupo, IL 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story, Horrible narration"

    Excellent story, Horrible narration. It was so difficult to understand I had to return it, and purchase a different version.

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    Zachary 02-02-16
    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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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-15
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Classic Worth Reading"

    I had just finished reading Homer's 2 epics prior to reading this, and feel like that helped me to understand things a bit better. However, I still had to rely heavily on a reader, which I could use after each chapter. An added benefit to having a reader is that since it's going to be in print form you actually get to see names spelled out and that helps me to keep the characters straight.

    Parts of this book were like the Odyssey and parts of it were like the Iliad. In general I found this to be more like the Iliad in that the gods played a big role. I feel like that makes things more confusing at times.

    This narrator was different from any other I have listened to. I think some people will love his overly dramatic, loud style, but I found it to be way too much.

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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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    Pedro Poitevin Salem, MA 08-03-15
    Pedro Poitevin Salem, MA 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for everyone"

    Part of the blame may lie with Virgil, whose derivative epic does not quite measure up to Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; part of it with the translator Robert Fagles, who may have privileged meter a bit too much over readability; and part of it with Simon Callow, who is too histrionic for the material, but the end result is less than optimal: this is an audiobook that listeners should only buy if they are aware both of Callow's tendency to dramatize and Fagles' metrical enthusiasm. I wish Stanley Lombardo (who translated Homer's texts so well) took on the task of giving us a more readable Virgil. The contrast couldn't be starker.

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