The Aeneid

  • by Robert Fitzgerald (translator), Virgil
  • Narrated by Christopher Ravenscroft
  • 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Robert Fitzgerald's magnificent translation of Virgil's epic poem was a major literary event at its release in 1983; today it is an acknowledged masterpiece. Profoundly poetic yet gloriously accessible, this is the best way to experience a work that has remained a centerpiece of Western civilization for 2,000 years. Fitzgerald's rendering speaks directly to the modern listener, inviting us to share the excitement, adventure, and human tears as Aeneas, the warrior hero, escapes from the burning city of Troy, embarks on a long and perilous journey, and eventually, triumphantly establishes a new nation: Rome.


What the Critics Say

"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come." (The New York Review of Books)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The Legend of Rome and Caesar Augustus

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is easy to understand, fascinating and helps one better understand Greek myths and Roman mythology.

What did you like best about this story?

The first part of this book is adventurous, like the Odyssey, and the second is fighting, like the Iliad. The best of both books, though not as much of a smash and bang cacaphony like the Iliad, and it has the better storyline of the Odyssey.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Ravenscroft’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No it did not. It was strictly read for school purposes, though I would listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

Hard to tell exactly where you are. Not much warning of which chapter your in, so if this is for school purposes, you may want to get the Robert Fitzgerald translation in the actual book. Be warned, the two are not fully parallel, the audio will occasionally skip up to five pages or more just to get to the point, this can cause confusion. The two for the most part read the same.

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- Laura

Strange Narration

What disappointed you about The Aeneid?

I feel like this audio has been time stretched in the editing process, the narrator's voice is fine but can be hard to listen to as the audio moves, it sounds like the time compressed it to make it shorter.

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- Kodiak1221

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2009
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books