"Do you know about any good recorded reading (or should I say storytelling?) of Beowulf? If so, could you point me to the source?"
"I'm like Uke - any source for an audio book reading done right?"
"I'd love to hear Beowulf read by someone who knows what he's doing."
All righty, then.
I'm kind of hesitant to suggest this -- for a number of reasons. The gentleman reciting Beowulf is doing so in the original language.
To me, being familiar with the story, this is fantastic. I am afraid, though, that folks who aren't familiar with Beowulf are going to hear a language they don't quite understand, and will give up watching and listening -- maybe to give up on the story altogether. Which would be a tragedy.
The DVD has an English subtitle option, however, so all may not be lost.
This version of the saga ends too soon. It finishes after the defeat of Grendel's mother -- which, to be fair, is the popular ending. To the best of my knowledge, the gentleman has not done a complete telling of the tale -- something I hope he chooses to attend to in the future.
The gentleman's name is Benjamin Bagby, and he recites Beowulf the way it was meant to be done -- in Old English, with proper flair, and accompanied by a harp when required.
Here is the opening of the saga:
Mr. Bagby's rendition of Beowulf is available from his web-site, or from popular on-line sellers.
I suggest viewing the DVD at night, with the lights off or down low for proper effect.