The Faerie Queene (version 2)


Read by Thomas A. Copeland

(5 stars; 9 reviews)

Spenser planned a 24-book romance-epic consisting of two parts, of which he completed half of the first. The first twelve books were to illustrate the development of virtues within the individual soul, and the second twelve were to depict the application of these moral virtues to remedying evils that afflict the world. Each of the first set of quests was to begin at the court of the Fairy Queen, Gloriana, and the knights were to return thither after having defeated some foe representing a personal weakness. Having thus proved themselves, they were qualified to undertake the second quests, in the world. The neat plan becomes somewhat muddled by Book 3, which nevertheless contains the philosophical core of the poem's allegorical structure: the Platonic notion that love (grace) unifies the cosmos and draws the will, through the pursuit of beauty, into virtuous action, returning to God at last in worship. The plot structure of the poem is rich and complex, with many strands interlinked and overlapping, each replete with allegorical significance. (Summary by Thomas Copeland)

(31 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Faerie Queene Front Matter 35:56 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.i 29:45 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.ii 22:00 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.iii 21:49 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.iv 27:14 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.v 25:22 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.vi 22:50 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.vii 25:01 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.viii 25:41 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.ix 28:39 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.x 31:27 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.xi 26:42 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene I.xii 20:32 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.i 33:18 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.ii 21:18 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.iii 22:42 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.iv 22:42 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.v 19:34 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.vi 25:32 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.vii 32:10 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.viii 27:29 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.ix 28:28 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.x 37:13 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.xi 23:30 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene II.xii 41:58 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.i 32:40 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.ii 24:50 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.iii 30:32 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.iv 30:25 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.v 25:39 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.vi 25:11 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.vii 29:30 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.viii 26:02 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.ix 25:27 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.x 30:29 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.xi 27:56 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene III.xii 26:31 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.i 31:20 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.ii 28:40 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.iii 26:51 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.iv 23:05 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.v 23:16 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.vi 22:48 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.vii 23:39 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.viii 31:41 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.ix 19:47 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.x 29:59 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.xi 28:06 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene IV.xii 17:51 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.i 20:36 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.ii 27:16 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.iii 19:42 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.iv 24:35 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.v 29:05 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.vi 19:44 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.vii 21:33 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.viii 23:56 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.ix 25:59 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.x 18:46 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.xi 30:48 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene V.xii 21:13 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.i 25:56 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.iii 22:30 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.iii 23:26 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.iv 19:01 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.v 19:33 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.vi 21:22 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.vii 23:59 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.viii 23:25 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.ix 22:17 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.x 21:19 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.xi 24:57 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VI.xii 20:09 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VII.vi 27:18 Read by Thomas A. Copeland
Faerie Queene VII.vii-viii 31:27 Read by Thomas A. Copeland

Reviews

FANTASTIC READ

(5 stars)

I hope that the listeners appreciate Copeland for the masterful rendition of this grueling work. Unlike prose, one does not just begin reading and restart at a glitch of some sort. Rather, heroic epic poetry requires study, practice, and other preparation. Many thanks to the reader for his hard work.

Outstanding

(5 stars)

"The Faerie Queene" may not be the very greatest poetic work in English, but it is right up there, and while there are even more accomplished audiobook narrators than Thomas Coleman, there aren't all that many of them. I would put him certainly in the top 3% of volunteer readers of free audiobooks that I've heard, and even among professional narrators of commercial audiobooks he might well rank in the top 30%. True, he does not "do the police in different voices," but neither does he try to overwhelm the listener with cloyingly mannered exhibitions of thespian power and versatility. Occasionally a canto does not seem to be read with his full engagement, and his insistence on making actual rhymes out of what in present-day English are merely eye-rhymes is distracting. But this is quibbling. Having expertly read many audiobooks, Copeland so far has the field of sixteenth-century romantic epic (Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser) pretty much to himself. He is a worthy champion.

AMAZING!

(5 stars)

Thomas Copeland is a goddamn saint.