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    2.4 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    The oldest surviving epic poem in Old English, written around 1000 AD, Beowulf tells the story of a great warrior in southern Scandinavia in both youth and maturity. A horrible monster, Grendel, terrorizes King Hrothgar of Denmark’s great mead hall until Beowulf defeats him. Celebrations of the monster’s demise are short-lived, however, as Grendel’s mother returns to avenge her son’s death. Beowulf vanquishes her as well, and returns to Geatland a great hero. Years later, now a king, Beowulf slays a dragon but is mortally wounded in the battle, proving his valor and bravery one last time before death.  The tale is powerfully performed here by Crawford Logan in a lively modern translation by Benedict Flynn.

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    Beowulf

    Translated by Benedict Flynn
    2.4 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.0 hrs • 2/26/2014 • Unabridged

    From the reign of Henry VIII until the crumbling of the English Republic under Cromwell, the poets of the Renaissance era captured a time when the world as they knew it underwent tumultuous change. Within their ranks were Spenser, Donne, Milton, Shakespeare, Sidney, Jonson, Marvell, Drayton, and many others. The second volume of The Renaissance Poets bring these influential poets together to illustrate this poetical canon.

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    The Renaissance Poets, Vol. 2

    1.0 hrs • 2/26/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 0.9 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    It's never been easy to be a hero. When Beowulf arrives at Hrothgar's hall, he discovers that the hall is beset by Grendel, an evil creature that kills and pillages with impunity. Beowulf, in heroic fashion, bests Grendel in combat, then follows Grendel back to his lair to finish the job. But Beowulf couldn't have counted on meeting Grendel's mother. And then, later, there's this dragon. But why are you reading about it? This story was meant to be told, to be repeated aloud. Listen as J.B. Bessinger, Jr. reads Beowulf and many other Old English poems, including Caedmon's Hymn. Listen to poems about love, war, faith, and heroism from centuries past. Contents include: Caedmon's Hymn, The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer, The Battle of Brunan Burg, A Wife's Lament, and selections from Beowulf: lines 1-125, lines 195-225, lines 702-852, and lines 3137-3180.

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    Beowulf

    0.9 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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    5.7 hrs • 10/17/2007 • Unabridged

    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous English poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager. The virtuous Gawain accepts and decapitates the intruder with his own ax. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. Next Yuletide Gawain dutifully sets forth. His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dream-like castle, a dire challenge answered, and a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.

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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Translated by Simon Armitage
    Read by Bill Wallis
    5.7 hrs • 10/17/07 • Unabridged
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  5. 2.3 hrs • 2/1/2006 • Unabridged

    The Canterbury Tales is the most famous and acclaimed work of the late fourteenth-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. This recording of the “General Prologue” and “The Physician’s Tale” are read in the original Middle English by Richard Bebb, under the direction of a leading Chaucerian scholar, Professor Derek Brewer. It is an authoritative performance that brilliantly evokes the world of the Middles Ages both for the general reader and the student alike. This is followed by a witty modern verse translation, and provides a fascinating contrast with the original.

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