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The masterpiece of Rome's greatest poet, Virgil's Aeneid has inspired generations of readers and holds a central place in Western literature. The epic tells the story of a group of refugees from the ruined city of Troy, whose attempts to reach a promised land in the West are continually frustrated by the hostile goddess Juno. Finally reaching Italy, their leader, Aeneas, is forced to fight a bitter war against the natives to establish the foundations from which Rome is destined to rise. This magnificent poem, in the modern translation by Cecil Day Lewis, is superbly read by David Collins.

Public Domain (P)2015 Naxos AudioBooks

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the magic of Virgil!

Virgil's words flows like a river, it casts a spell on you. In many sections of this book, it's so difficult to stop reading! its continuity keeps you in the flow of each story, nonstop into heart!

such an amazing read, with an excellent narration!

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The Aeneid

I enjoyed listening to David Collins narration of The Aeneid. It was indeed an outstanding performance by an excellent storyteller!

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A1 narration!

David Collins narrates this superbly! It was a bit more gory than I anticipated, but overall a fantastic epic. The symbolism Virgil used to represent Octavian through Aeneas is fascinating! And his genuine representation of the costs of imperialism along with his strong Roman patriotism adds so much pathos in the audience.

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Great story, but....

Loved the translation; loved the narrator. This is one of the best audio renditions of the poem I've heard. But for me, Aeneas remains a bit of a prig, and the poem subject to occasional digressions into sentimentality - something that is never true of Homer.

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Good, could be better

After listening to Dan Stevens perform the Fitzgerald translation of the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, I was spoiled. The story of The Aeneid is likewise spectacular, but the Collins performance was much less engaging to me. It was dynamic but somehow too formal, more like a speech or sermon than a poem at times.

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Enriching but not easy

My first time reading Virgil. I found it interesting and educational but a bit dry compared to Homer. Worth sticking with it for the battles in the final chapters. Having a basic outline and plot overview handy (not included) helped me. Solid performance.

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  • M. R. Beaumont
  • 01-03-19

A Stunning Story

This is a story to stir the blood even if you knew nothing about the Greeks and Trojans. It is a beautiful translation, easy on the ear, and read with great sensitivity.

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  • Dr. A. Aidonis
  • 08-24-19

amazing

excellent strong rendering of Virgin's masterpiece, full of nuance and masculinity - the reader's voice articulated meaning supremely.

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  • colin monteith
  • 08-25-18

Gripping Classic

If you enjoy mythology you will love this thrilling tale of Troy's fall and Rome's origins.

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  • hPALLY
  • 11-16-20

Interesting!

The story itself I enjoyed, it was very fascinating to see how the old times are being described from different perspectives. This poem was written by a Roman writer (Virgil) while Troy and Odysseus was written by Homer (Greek writer). Even though there is no mention about Homer himself, this poem is what happened after the Fall of Try which was written hundreds of years after.

The structure however was bad, at least in my opinion. The whole audio book is mostly divided into parts of 6-9 minutes each and it's very difficult to find where you can stop since the parts cut out in the middle of events and actions.

Overall, to people who enjoy ancient literature, I would definitely recommend this beautifully written piece of work. Even though it didn't have as much action as, for instance, illiad or Odysseus, it was still very enjoyable.

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  • Rebecca Sarna-Alexander
  • 06-01-20

worth the time

worth the time spent on it, an excellent translation with a competent narrator capable of distinguishing voices well.

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  • M. J. C. Ward
  • 12-31-20

Do not miss this!

Magnificent in every respect. The translation rolls with an inexorable cadence and captures the epic tone beautifully, while the reading is flawless throughout. I was really gripped.

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  • Jeremy
  • 01-06-19

yes

mt favourite bit in the story, was when that guy kills a bull with a punch.
Generally though the poetic style is very nice from Virgil

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  • Christopher Rowe-Spencer
  • 06-15-18

Enormously good.

This translation is very close to the original in tone and meaning, and of very high poetic quality. The language is accessible as well as beautiful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-20

Beautifully read

Such an excellent narator! I found that both the story and the reader were wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-19

Virgil's reflection of Roman culture

loved hearing Virgil's reflection of Roman culture not long before Jesus Christ invasion of it. The obsession with martial glory and pagan piety. Fascinating, a poets version of a horror movie

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  • Shane O'Bryan
  • 03-06-19

Excellent reading of a classic

very good narration, not easy to do. worthwhile if you want to understand national foundation myths...