Beowulf: Dragon Slayer

  • by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 1 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grendel prowled in, hating all men and all joy and hungry for human life. So swift was his attack that no man heard an outcry; but when the dawn came, 30 of Hothgar's best and noblest thanes were missing.
Only Beowulf, foremost among warriors, has the strength and courage to battle with Grendel the Night-stalker. In this thrilling re-telling of the Anglo-Saxon legend, Rosemary Sutcliff recounts Beowulf's most terrifying quests: against Grendel the man-wolf, against the hideous sea-hag and, most courageous of all - his fight to the death with the monstrous fire-drake.

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Honor...Horror...Legend...Loyalty

If you could sum up Beowulf: Dragon Slayer in three words, what would they be?

Fearless Heroic Honor


What did you like best about this story?

This story oozes with honor -- Beowulf is a fearless, loyal hero.


What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Great narration, never distracting from the story. Perfect.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes...and we did!


Any additional comments?

Excellent history on audio. After reading about Beowulf in homeschool history, we listened to this version while in the car. I'm so pleased we added this to our audio library.

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- Lisa

Faithful retelling of the original

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beowulf: Dragon Slayer?

Sutcliff adapted the original in a few spots. For instance, the


Any additional comments?

I listened to this alongside an unabridged audio of the original; my 12-year-old daughter enjoyed it as well. Sutcliff's retelling is vigorous, engaging, and faithful to the original. The reader is very good and really brought the story to life.

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- Karen "Liberal Arts Maven, Finance Executive, Suburban Mom. Old-fashioned nerd."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks