Beowulf (Hall translation)


Read by clarinetcarrot

(2.8 stars; 3 reviews)

The most famous piece of Old English literature, Beowulf was written by an unknown poet at least 1000 years ago and tells how the eponymous hero who is a great warrior defeats the monster Grendel and his mother. He later goes on to rule the Geats before dying killing another foe, a dragon. This metered translation was made by John Lesslie Hall - Summary by clarinetcarrot (3 hr 23 min)

Chapters

Preface 11:43 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters I - III 11:01 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters IV - VI 11:09 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters VII - IX 11:40 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters X - XII 14:33 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XIII - XV 12:14 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XVI - XVIII 12:06 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XIX - XXI 11:25 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXII - XXIV 15:36 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXV - XXVII 14:34 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXVIII - XXX 14:53 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXXI - XXXIII 14:31 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXXIV - XXXVI 18:21 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XXXVII - XXXIX 11:53 Read by clarinetcarrot
Chapters XL - XLIII 17:36 Read by clarinetcarrot

Reviews

(3.5 stars)

Overall, a good recording of a very decent translation. Sound quality varies a bit, but never to the point that you can't hear or understand what is being said. Some background noise can be heard, but not so loud as to be distracting. Reading is very dry, little variance in tone, but it is a straightforward reading not a theatrical one. I read along with the text as I listened and this really helped me absorb/understand what I was reading. I appreciate the time the reader took to do this.