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Grendel

John Gardner

World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling Beowulf, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun. In Gardner’s version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel, a beast whose grotesque body and blood thirst condemn him to the life of an outlaw. Grendel is a horrible monster. He greedily gobbles up warriors in the Danish mead hall guarded by Beowulf. But within Grendel lurks a soul that delights in dark humor, dramatic pirouettes and pranks. Both young adult and adult listeners will revel in this powerful complement to a classic tale. George Guidall’s narration captures a surreal landscape that shimmers on the other side of the original epic’s heroic mirror. What we see is that there’s a little bit of Grendel living is each of us. Also available: Beowulf

World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling Beowulf, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun. In Gardner’s version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel, a beast whose grotesque body and blood thirst condemn him to the life of an outlaw. Grendel is a horrible monster. He greedily gobbles up warriors in the Danish mead hall guarded by Beowulf. But within Grendel lurks a soul that delights in dark humor, dramatic pirouettes and pranks. Both young adult and adult listeners will revel in this powerful complement to a classic tale. George Guidall’s narration captures a surreal landscape that shimmers on the other side of the original epic’s heroic mirror. What we see is that there’s a little bit of Grendel living is each of us. Also available: Beowulf
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World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling Beowulf, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun. In Gardner’s version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel, a beast whose grotesque body and blood thirst condemn him to the life of an outlaw. Grendel is a horrible monster. He greedily gobbles up warriors in the Danish mead hall guarded by Beowulf. But within Grendel lurks a soul that delights in dark humor, dramatic pirouettes and pranks. Both young adult and adult listeners will revel in this powerful complement to a classic tale. George Guidall’s narration captures a surreal landscape that shimmers on the other side of the original epic’s heroic mirror. What we see is that there’s a little bit of Grendel living is each of us. Also available: Beowulf

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Guidall

Length:

5h 32m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:11


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:43


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

39:10


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:23