Seamus Heaney’s popular and accessible translation of Beowulf was published years ago and was a best-seller. Now you can hear Heaney read his translation. He has a very pleasant, expressive voice that makes his translation come to life. Whether you count Beowulf among your favorites or are having a hard time getting into it, the readings will pull you in. They’re most excellent!
Here’s the first of two long videos from SkitlerRemix on YouTube:
BBC Radio 4 Extra also has several online programs of Beowulf Readings by Seamus Heaney. Sound quality is excellent. [Alas, the BBC website lists these programs but says they are no longer available. 7/28/2013]
These readings are not to be missed and are highly recommended for students of Beowulf.