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Beowulf: Dragon Slayer

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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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, 30 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. In this thrilling re-telling of the Anglo-Saxon legend, Rosemary Sutcliff recounts Beowulf's most terrifying quests: against Grendel the man-wolf, against the hideous sea-hag and, most courageous of all - his fight to the death with the monstrous fire-drake.

©2011 Rosemary Sutcliff (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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Superb version

I can’t fathom why rosemary sutcliff is touted as a children’s author - this excellent version of Beowulf is not especially a children’s version, and it’s excellently performed by Sean Barrett. Don’t pass over this rendition, assuming it’s somehow simplified for children - it’s really not. Sutcliff had a real genius for drawing out the essence of a great story.

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Exactly what audiobooks are for.

The Saga of Beowulf beautifully retold by Sutcliffe and conjured to life by Sean Barrett.

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  • Karen
  • 13-02-12

Faithful retelling of the original

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beowulf: Dragon Slayer?

Sutcliff adapted the original in a few spots. For instance, the

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I listened to this alongside an unabridged audio of the original; my 12-year-old daughter enjoyed it as well. Sutcliff's retelling is vigorous, engaging, and faithful to the original. The reader is very good and really brought the story to life.

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  • Lisa Luciano
  • 27-09-13

Honor...Horror...Legend...Loyalty

If you could sum up Beowulf: Dragon Slayer in three words, what would they be?

Fearless Heroic Honor

What did you like best about this story?

This story oozes with honor -- Beowulf is a fearless, loyal hero.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Great narration, never distracting from the story. Perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes...and we did!

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Excellent history on audio. After reading about Beowulf in homeschool history, we listened to this version while in the car. I'm so pleased we added this to our audio library.