There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin
It was delightful to listen to O. Wilde's fairy tales. Just look at the list of the narrators. They are virtuosos! I'm glad I bought the audiobook. It is a gem of my collection. Listening to the fairy tales was a captivating experience.
A collection of P.B. Shelley's best-known works, masterfully read. Here's the list of the poems:
1. The opening lines from Queen Mab
3. To Wordsworth
4. Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
6. Stanzas written in Dejection near Naples
7. From Prometheus Unbound
8. The Indian Serenade
9. Love's Philosophy
10. Ode to the West Wind
11. Song to the Men of England
12. Sonnet: England in 1819
13. The Mask of Anarchy
14. The Cloud
15. To a Skylark
16. from Epipsychidion
17. To the Moon
18. A Lament
19. One word is too often profaned
20. Chorus from Hellas
21. concluding stanzas from Adonais
22. With A Guitar, To Jane
23. Song: Rarely, rarely comest thou
24. To Jane: The Invitation
26. Lines: 'When the lamp is shattered'
27. Music, when soft voices die
28. To Jane: The Recollection
S. T. Coleridge was an influential poet of his time. He was one of the founders of the Romantic movement.
Being a chronic opium addict, suffering from depression and poor health, he created intense, vivid and emotional imagery. His poetry is gothic, nostalgic, razor-sharp and evocative. The narrators' performance was heartfelt.
Here's the list of poems on the audio:
1 Kubla Khan
2 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
4 Frost at Midnight
5 This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
6 Christabel (abridged; no Conclusion)
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
Despite being lesser known than her sisters' works, "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" may be the best of the Bronte books. Anne is a good writer; terrific at description, and there is humor here and richness of character development. I really loved this listen. The story is long and, I will admit, tedious at times (it's a Victorian novel after all!), but this edition of the audio book has handled the strange structure of the book very well. Both Alex Jennings and Jenny Agutter render their portions of the narrative beautifully.
A word of warning, however. This claims to be an Unabridged version, but it is not so. Because I was listening to the book as a book club assignment, I followed along with the written version and found some puzzling omissions. Just why they chose to abridge some parts -- especially in the central, diary portion of the book -- I can't imagine. The cuts are small and not terribly important, but nevertheless are there. Anyone wishing to experience the entire work should be aware of the abridgment.
But it's a fine trip! I'm very pleased to have learned that there is more to the Brontes than "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights".