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Beowulf (Fort Raphael Publishing Company Edition - Unabridged)

An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem
Narrated by: Kevin Theis
Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

"Beowulf", a sprawling, fantastical tale of bravery, heroism, and Anglo-Saxon heraldry, is the most celebrated epic poem in the English language.

The story of the great Geatish fighter Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the beleagued Hrothgar and his men, the poem relates three epic battles: Beowulf's fight with the monster Grendel, his face-off with Grendel's vengeful mother and, after serving as King for 50 years, Beowulf's fateful clash with a fire-breathing dragon.

Francis B. Gummere's translation of this ancient text has been hailed for over a century and is here brought back to life with a summary of the poem by the English scholar Dr. J.L. Hall.

Public Domain (P)2018 Fort Raphael Publishing Company

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I really don't know how to rate this

An epic tale from Saxon times. In archaic English, which makes for a different listening experience. This is a piece of classic literature. So if you enjoy reading the Norse sagas or Homer then this is a book for you. Not an easy read in fact challenging. Am I pleased I read it YES! I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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Not for me

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Narration 6/10 The narration is painfully slow and with so much emphasis put in the end of every sentence. It gets annoying really fast. Story 6/10 It's the classic story of Beowulf who defeats the monster Grendel only to be seduced by his mother whom he'll impregnate to what will later in the story be a dragon showing up trying to kill him. However the "poetic" way it's written and narrated can actually give you a headache after some point, since you are trying to reconstruct the sentences in your head, trying to actually make sense of what is going on. Overall I didn't really enjoy this and I would much rather listen to a proper version of the story. This "poem" version would probably be better off remaining a written novel. Personally I didn't manage to finish this off, despite how short it is, but hey it's also a matter of personal taste and I might just be judging too hard at the moment because I don't seem to like the "poem" style narrative.

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Alliteration abounds!

Whether it was the translation, which rendered the story almost nonsensical in favour of alliteration, or the narration which never wavered from jubilant excitement, which lulled my brain into a state of numbness, I will never know. But I won't be revisiting this.

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Kevin takes a classic and gives new life to it

Kevin his performance is just perfect for this piece he give rustic vigour and classic grit to the norse tale

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  • IndiaC
  • 03-08-18

Sweeps you into the story

Stirring, sturdy reading that sweeps you into the story. Music and sound effects provide effective punctuation. I listened in one sitting, while driving a notoriously bland stretch of road, and it made the miles zip by. Very entertaining—and I would recommend this version for students working with the poem, as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-18

Good read. Excellent performance.

Enjoyed the epic story rendered in an epic voice. Theis is becoming one of my favorites.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-18

Perfection!

Ok. So I was an English major and had to read this. I got the story and appreciated it, but I hated slogging through it and just didn't get how it was so pivotal. I'm so glad I took the time to listen to Mr. Theis' narration. He made it sing for me. I get it now! Thank you!!!

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  • MichaelR
  • 02-07-18

Great Narration

A piece of classic literature brought to you by an excellent narrator. Very enjoyable listen.

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  • Susan Joslyn
  • 02-07-18

Way to make it fun

Among the classics I never got to in early life, this one is both the most engaging and the most inexplicable. I have to re-listen here and there to keep the story straight. Probably would never have made it through in print. This reading is clear and the narrator has a beautiful voice. The occasional sound effect and background music are a real bonus, making it fun, keeping you in it.

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  • Vicki
  • 28-06-18

An Exciting Folktale, Very Accessible

Kevin Theis does a great job bringing this epic tale to life. This version is proof that Beowulf was meant to be heard, not read.

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  • Steve Pickering
  • 28-06-18

A classic!

Incredibly engaging, moves at a clip, and really fascinating. Glad to revisit this story again!

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  • Rachel
  • 06-09-19

Great narration, great production

Rating for production rather than the story because it's Beowulf. Love or hate it, read it because you want to or it's assigned: you know what you're getting anyway. :) This is a great version. Excellent narration, good quality production. (I got free codes from the narrator for this, and am voluntarily leaving a review)

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  • Doug
  • 23-11-18

Overwrought

My mistake: always listen to a sample. An old-fashioned "lofty" translation read in a gratingly old-fashioned declamatory style. Nerve-jangling.

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  • Troy Buffington
  • 31-10-18

Exciting

Well done story of heroism and death. Terrifying monster described in detail and exciting to the end.