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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Abridged,Abridged; 2.25 hours on 2 CDs edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565114272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565114272
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The whole performance is wonderfully intermediate - poised between the Bible and folk wisdom, between the Light Ages and the Dark Ages - and at the same time pulverisingly actual in its language. He has made a masterpiece out of a masterpiece.' Andrew Motion, Financial Times" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Text: English (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cool book , i highly recommend it.
Andi98270
The one thing holding me back from giving it five stars is that the Kindle version does not include the Old English like the print version of the book does.
Jessica Sams
Seamus Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is a great rendering of a work that is both old and new.
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Stephens on December 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm posting this review as a warning to buyers that although Amazon is presently listing the audio CD as UNABRIDGED, it's actually marked "Unabridged Selections" by the publisher in what is obviously an exercise in marketing double talk.

The audio CD version omits many lines and even some sizable chunks of the original work. The only word for that is "Abridged" and the publishers should be ashamed of themselves for calling it anything other than "Abridged".

Amazon should update the listing accordingly. I'm giving the edition a 1 star rating simply to call attention to the deceitful packaging. I have no other complaint aside from that.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Art-Lover on September 30, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have the physical book edition of this wonderful work, and wanted to have it also with me on Kindle. However, without any indication at all, the Kindle edition is abridged. It is only the modern English translation and does NOT include the Anglo-Saxon text.

Amazon nis selling you half a book on Kindle, not the entire book. This is very deceptive and one wonders how many other Kindle books have been butchered by Amazon.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed listening to the CD audio version more than reading the translation. But BEWARE. The CD is advertised as UNABRIDGED. When you read the cover carefully, it says, UNABRIDGED SELECTIONS. There are passages omitted. That was the major disappointment, and one has to assume a deliberate attempt to mislead on the part of the publisher. Otherwise, why not call it what it is, ABRIDGED?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on December 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My career is as far removed from classical literature as you can get, but boy do I love epic poems. I've read multiple versions of Beowulf (including 2 comic adaptations), and Heaney's version is by far the most accessible. The man has a true command of English, and he manages to present the poem in more straightforward language without a feeling of talking down to the reader.
That said, if you want a real treat, check out the audio version of Beowulf. Heaney's translation is good enough on page, but to hear him read it is marvelous. It makes you feel like you're sitting around a campfire, listening to an elder spin some wild yarn. Be warned, however: even though this Amazon page says "UNABRIDGED", the audio versions are really unabridged SELECTIONS. You don't get the full text of the poem, but you get the necessary parts - enough to make it enjoyable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the new verse translation of this first millennium text, which was written sometime between the seventh and tenth centuries by an unknown English author. Translated by Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995, and read by him on this audio cd, he breathes new life into this mythic epic.
This is the story of the heroic Beowulf , and his timeless story is stark in its simplicity, made sonorous by the poetic reading given by Seamus Heaney. It is, in its simple narrative, a story that was meant to be read aloud. After all, between the seventh and the tenth centuries, few people could read.
Seamus Heaney gives a remarkable reading, his soft brogue and cadence capturing the dark, epic mood of the piece. His verse translation gives the story an accessibility that should make it a much more enjoyable experience for many who may have shied away from this early English work.
What is there not to like about this story? It is about a hero who vanquishes monsters and lives to fight another day in the quintessential battle between good and evil. Its message, undoubtedly relevant when written, is still relevant today. Those who are new to this work should consider purchasing the audio cd and listening to Seamus Heaney's rendition of this ancient work.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan P. Behunin on September 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this recording not realizing what "unabridged selections" meant. Now I know that it is just a tricky way to say "abridged". I am not pleased with this deception. The description on the back of the cd case mentioned that Beowulf was originally meant to be heard, not read. I would have liked to have heard the whole narration. Some of the parts I enjoyed reading are sadly missing. Sometimes whole parts of the plot are omitted. For instance, the beheading of Grendel is skipped, but the part where his head is carried in triumph by Beowulf's men is kept in. The abridgement loses some of the complexity of the tale. On the bright side, Seamus Heaney reads the tale (what there is of it) beautifully. Listening to the reading does help with pronounciation and helps clarify the tale. It is a shame that the entire tale was not read! I reccomend Seamus Heaney's translation in book form. Though it may not be the same as listening to a mideval scop tell his tale, it is very well done. I would have given this recording five stars had it been complete. I hope a truely unabridged recording of Heaney's translation is released later.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Such a clever sense of humor editors have to date. This new recording of Heaney's translation in his own voice is indeed NOT unabridged, but contains "unabridged selections." Most notably absent are the details of Beowulf's descent into the Haunted Mere and the beheading of Grendel. The latter note is particularly insulting as the editing of the disk leads the listener to believe that it is the mere witch's head being lugged back to Heorot. This aside, Mr. Heaney's delightful brogue is suprisingly well suited to the reading of this epic. Recommended, but a prior familiarity with the poem is advantageous.
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