- Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
- Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 20-05-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
This version of Beowulf is organized in 17 parts. Within some sections, there are digressions which do not, strictly speaking, belong to the central plot. These sections, called "lays", have been enhanced by an echo to help the listener detect them. An introduction by Henry Bradley precedes the poem.
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By James on 09-07-05
As good as it gets!
After listening to Mr. Griffin's inspired version of Virgil's Aeneid, there was simply no way I was going to pass up on this one. Beowulf plagued me in college. I struggled with it, basically just to get through it. If only this recording had been available to me back then. Although the poem itself is not as linear in development or as clear in its meaning as, say, The Iliad or The Aenead, it yet possesses a power which is very peculiar. I think much of this is a result of the rich alliteration and powerful symbolism that is spread throughout the work. And, as the publisher's summary says, there is definitely an echo of Virgil here. I was so captivated by the power of this epic poem that I went out and bought the Kennedy translation just to follow along. Even better! I cannot say enough in praise about Mr. Griffin's work here. His ability to instantly pull you into the story and keep you riveted to the words borders on the magical. Like everything he does, the production values are top notch. If you are even slightly curious about Beowulf, this is your golden opportunity.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Alan Rither on 31-03-07
A strange tale told in a strange way
Since high school (too many years ago) I've heard about Beowulf but it was always something that I was told was an "acquired taste" like Limberger cheese. But I heard so many good things about this new translation that I felt it deserved a chance. The narration with unobtrusive background music really made the story come alive so I would recommend it for anyone wanting to get an understanding of English/Danish sagas. This is the sort of tale that was told around the fire while our ancestors were drinking mead as the dogs crunched on the bones scattered on the floor. It deserves quiet time on a rainy weekend to get the best effect. While there are some exciting moments (as when Beowulf slays Grendel), most of it deals with the events leading up to the fateful moment and the aftermath. If you've ever considered reading Beowulf, this is the one!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful