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Robert Fitzgerald's magnificent translation of Virgil's epic poem was a major literary event at its release in 1983; today it is an acknowledged masterpiece. Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.
©1980 Translation by Robert Fitgerald; (P)1995 HighBridge Company.

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"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come." (The New York Review of Books)

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  • Laura
  • Copper Canyon, TX, United States
  • 04-01-13

The Legend of Rome and Caesar Augustus

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is easy to understand, fascinating and helps one better understand Greek myths and Roman mythology.

What did you like best about this story?

The first part of this book is adventurous, like the Odyssey, and the second is fighting, like the Iliad. The best of both books, though not as much of a smash and bang cacaphony like the Iliad, and it has the better storyline of the Odyssey.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Ravenscroft’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it did not. It was strictly read for school purposes, though I would listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

Hard to tell exactly where you are. Not much warning of which chapter your in, so if this is for school purposes, you may want to get the Robert Fitzgerald translation in the actual book. Be warned, the two are not fully parallel, the audio will occasionally skip up to five pages or more just to get to the point, this can cause confusion. The two for the most part read the same.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Strange Narration

What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

I feel like this audio has been time stretched in the editing process, the narrator's voice is fine but can be hard to listen to as the audio moves, it sounds like the time compressed it to make it shorter.

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Not complete

This version is incomplete and the chapter divisions are off. Chapter 3 was missing completely and it is almost impossible to find chapter breaks. Not happy!

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  • Allie
  • Pennsylvania, USA
  • 02-09-14

The aeneid

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

the recording seems to skips parts of the book that i have. Its a little weird

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  • Maureen
  • New York, NY United States
  • 04-05-17

This is abridged - but a poetic translation

This is a beautiful poetic translation and is easier to follow. I cut off a star because however, because the audible recording is abridged and that is not noted, and it was difficult to purchase. Also no immersion version. The kindle version on the Amazon page is not the Fitzgerald translation.

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All the emotion alive in Ravenscroft' reading

I read along too. better if unabridged.

but very moving as is. Thrilling actually.

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Strange Narration

What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

The narration seems awkward with now flow to it. It was almost as if Ravenscroft were reading from an instruction manual rather than a story.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a classic, and the narrator does add a little emotion added at times.

Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Ravenscroft’s performances?

Not likely.

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Great but chapters don't match

I have the Fitzgerald published by Vintage Classics. And it has 12 chapters. The audiobook has only 9. Hard to follow the book like this.

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Epic translation of an epic poem = an epic listen!

ly the best epic poet the Romans had to offer. As such, this epic poem is the result of a commission by Augustus Caesar to write something rivaling the oral history of Homer. Does it live up to the task ? yes. Is it epic? oh, yes. But.... does it successfully emulate Homer? This is a tricky question, and potentially unanswerable. But in the end, does it matter if it emulated Homer? I posit no. The poem traces the path of Aeneas from the Trojan war to his assignment from the gods to found Rome. His path is littered with tragedy, both from the choices Aeneas makes to the choices other characters in the poem make, including the gods themselves.

I found this poem to be less majestic than Homer's Odyssey and Iliad, but due to the tragic overtones, much more human and thought provoking. The main questions that linger for me are what is one's duty to one's family v. nation, and what does self-denial buy? Dido certainly pursued her passion but to no end. Aeneas fulfills his pietas to Rome but to what end for him?

The dactylic hexameter falters in several places in the poem which makes me wonder how many drafts of the poem Virgil worked through. Certainly, the poem as it stands is missing some final pieces but regardless, it is an absorbing literary adventure filled with mythical and godly characters, as well as humans.

The Fitzgerald version of this poem reads easily and strives to remain faithful to the Latin version whilst inserting well-chosen words to help the modern reader get the gist of the poem. The audio book version is lovely; the narrator did an excellent job!

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abbridged

this is abridged if you are looking for the full aeneid do not get this one