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    • Beowulf

    • By: Seamus Heaney (translator)
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 373

    Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Almost perfect

    • By Tad Davis on 01-28-13

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Beowulf

    • By: Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 814
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 615
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 600

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why, oh, why is it abridged?

    • By Tad Davis on 09-25-08

    Regular price: $17.46

    • Beowulf for Cretins

    • A Love Story
    • By: Ann McMan
    • Narrated by: Christine Williams
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges. Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend, Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross-country flight. Sparks fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached and no contact information exchanged. Back home at St. Albans, the college rocks Grace's world when it announces the appointment of a new president, the first woman in its 165-year history: Abbie.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Funny

    • By vondee on 08-03-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Beowulf

    • By: Anonymous
    • Narrated by: J. B. Bessinger Jr.
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    It's never been easy to be a hero. When Beowulf arrives at Hrothgar's hall, he discovers that the hall is beset by Grendel, an evil creature that kills and pillages with impunity. Beowulf, in heroic fashion, bests Grendel in combat, then follows Grendel back to his lair to finish the job.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun

    • By Kenneth on 11-21-07

    Regular price: $9.11

    • The Story of Beowulf

    • By: Strafford Riggs
    • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    A prose translation of the oldest surviving long poem in Old English, this production captures the mood of the original legend of a pagan hero defeating a monster, its mother, and a dragon in Scandinavia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent narration!

    • By 22Wonderful on 11-23-16

    Regular price: $9.99

    • Beowulf

    • By: C. W. Kennedy - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    Out of the mixture of Latin and Germanic paganism and the Christianity of the Early Middle Ages has sprung one of the world's supremely great pieces of literature. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings, delivered a famous lecture to the British Academy in 1936 in which he maintained that Beowulf was a poem all of a piece, and not (as had been suggested) a jumble of fragments for pedantic scholars to paw over.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as it gets!

    • By James on 07-09-05

    Regular price: $16.80

    • Beowulf

    • By: Douglas Wilson
    • Narrated by: Douglas Wilson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Beowulf has been translated before, but not like this. In this faithful, but hardly wooden translation, Douglas Wilson gives listeners a taste of the heavy alliteration of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Lewis said Anglo-Saxon poetry was like "blows from a hammer" or "the repeated thunder of breakers on the beach." This recording should delight anyone who loves the sounds of words for their own sake. The essays found in the book are not included in this recording.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic Fun with Doug

    • By jdawg on 02-16-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • Masterpieces of Medieval Literature
    • By: Timothy Shutt
    • Narrated by: Timothy Shutt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    It is during the Middle Ages that modern Europe, indeed, modern Western culture as we know it, comes to be. Classical Mediterranean culture drew from the ancient Middle East, and more directly, from the Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. The Middle Ages add the Northlands, Celts, and Germans, and ultimately, Slavs as well, to the mix.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Kind of Professor I Want My Kids to Have

    • By John on 12-07-12

    Regular price: $49.95

    • Beowulf

    • Monster Slayer [A British Legend]
    • By: Paul D. Storrie
    • Narrated by: Book Buddy Digital Media
    • Length: 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Beowulf is a brave and mighty warrior, known to have the strength of 30 men. At home in Geatland, Beowulf hears about the terrible troubles of his father's friend, Hrothgar, the king of the Danes. Hrothgar's land is plagued by Grendel, a vicious monster who attacks the Danes by night. Beowulf sets sail to aid Hrothgar and the Danes. But is Beowulf strong enough to slay the monstrous Grendel? And even if he succeeds, what other dangers lie ahead for the warrior-hero?

    Regular price: $4.89

    • Beowulf's Children

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 264
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    A new generation is growing up on the island paradise of Camelot, ignorant of the Great Grendel Wars fought when their parents and grandparents first arrived on Earth. Setting out to explore the mainland, this group of young rebels feels ready to fight any grendels that get in their way. On Avalon, however, there are monsters that dwarf the ones their parents fought, and as the group will soon learn, monsters also dwell in the human heart. Avalon does not give up her secrets easily, and some of those mysteries are wicked as sin and blacker than the grave.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great follow to legacy!

    • By Chuck on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Beowulf

    • By: Francis B. Gummere (translator)
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When sleep was at its deepest, night at its blackest, up from the mist-filled marsh came Grendel stalking. Thus begins the battle between good and evil, for lying in wait and anxious to challenge the ogre Grendel is a young man, strong-willed and fire-hearted. This man is Beowulf, whose heroic dragon-slaying deeds were sung in the courts of Anglo-Saxon England more than a thousand years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully Grim, Austere, Beautiful Beowulf

    • By Jefferson on 10-26-10

    Regular price: $12.59

    • Beowulf

    • By: Anonymous
    • Narrated by: Crawford Logan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    The oldest long poem in Old English, written about AD 1,000, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior of southern Scandinavia, in both youth and maturity. The monster Grendel terrorizes the Scyldings of Hrothgar's Danish Kingdom until Beowulf defeats him. As a result, he has to face her enraged mother. Beowulf dies after a battle against a fierce dragon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beowulf lives again!

    • By Andrew on 02-13-12

    Regular price: $17.81

    • Beowulf

    • By: Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Stephen Mitchell's marvelously clear and vivid rendering recreates the robust masculine music of the original. It both hews closely to the Old English and captures its wild energy and vitality, not just as a deep "work of literature" but also as a rousing entertainment that can still stir our feelings and rivet our attention today, after more than a thousand years. This new translation - spare, sinuous, vigorous in its narration, and translucent in its poetry - makes a masterpiece accessible to everyone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great translation, weak reading

    • By Tad Davis on 10-24-17

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Beowulf: The New Translation

    • By: Gerald J. Davis
    • Narrated by: John Hanks
    • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    The origins, history and authorship of Beowulf are shrouded in uncertainty. This heroic epic probably began, as most do, with a wandering troubadour strumming a stringed instrument, sitting before a hearth-fire, and singing the verses to a spellbound audience arrayed before him. Beowulf is a rousing adventure story, filled with intrepid heroes, monsters and fire-breathing dragons, which can be listened to for the sheer enjoyment of the tale.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable listen

    • By Katincan on 07-05-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Beowulf

    • A New Translation
    • By: Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Seamus Heaney’s new translation of Beowulf is a work that is both true to the original poem and an expression of something fundamental to Heaney’s own creative gift.One of the great classics of English literature, it tells the story of a hero who wins glory and learns wisdom and is then called upon to face a final test against the monstrous. There are obvious parallels to be found in the history of the twentieth century, and Heaney’s Beowulf cannot fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, revealing psychological and spiritual truths that are both permanent and liberating.

    Regular price: $18.11

    • Beowulf

    • By: Julian Glover
    • Narrated by: Julian Glover
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The epic story of this hero’s battle against dragons, monsters, and their mothers is particularly suited to being recorded as an audiobook given that for the first 300 years of its existence it was only ever spoken. The first known (and indeed the only surviving manuscript) of the poem was written in AD 1,000. It survived Henry VIII’s attempts to destroy it (as a religious artifact) and a catastrophic fire that destroyed many other historical British documents.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful performance

    • By Tad Davis on 11-17-15

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Beowulf [PDQ Edition]

    • By: Francis Barton Gummere and Unknown
    • Narrated by: Nigle Simmons
    • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Beowulf is considered an epic poem in that the main character is a hero who travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. The poem also begins in medias ("into the middle of affairs") or simply, "in the middle", which is a characteristic of the epics of antiquity.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • boring...

    • By Nikki on 08-28-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Beowulf

    • By: Robert K. Gordon, translator
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    Beowulf is considered the finest heroic poem in Old English. It celebrates the character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman and warrior, as he proves his superhuman strength and endurance. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, rewarding his men generously and accomplishing glorious deeds to honor his king.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Translator Preferred

    • By JerryT on 05-10-05

    Regular price: $11.17

    • Beowulf: A Performance Translation

    • By: Sebastian Lockwood, Francelia Clark
    • Narrated by: Sebastian Lockwood
    • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This single inherited epic in our language has it all: drama, blood, heroism, mourning, and teaching with soul-searching thought about all this. It looks back. In its top layer of listening, we are brought along with heroic figures, even with a superhero, to challenge agonizing monsters. This world also includes beautiful sea voyages, crafty disputes, the falling of tribes, and moving elegies. Most often its Old English poetry can translate directly into fresh pictures. The epic Beowulf is a masterfully told story.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Beowulf: Dragon Slayer

    • By: Rosemary Sutcliff
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Grendel prowled in, hating all men and all joy and hungry for human life. So swift was his attack that no man heard an outcry; but when the dawn came, thirty of Hothgar's best and noblest thanes were missing. Only Beowulf, foremost among warriors, has the strength and courage to battle with Grendel the Night-stalker....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Faithful retelling of the original

    • By Karen on 02-13-12

    Regular price: $18.58

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