Written By: Seamus Heaney

Narrated By: Seamus Heaney

Date: May 2000

Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes


A New York Times Bestseller and Whitbread Book of the Year.Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel's mother. He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon.The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.While an abridgment of Heaney's full translation of Beowulf, Heaney prepared this abridgment himself to read for the BBC program from which this recording is taken.


  • Allan Dinkoff

    Riveting. If you're a purist, or looking to follow along with the text, not for you. If you want a great tale well told, it is hard to beat. I'm not a big fan of audio books generally, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  • Linda kothe

    It skips over large portions of the text and is very hard to follow. The book itself isn't bad, it just annoying to follow along when the narrator skips pages at a time.

  • Ginger Chaffin

    it needs sections, because im at a certain spot and cant find it at all!!!


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