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  • "A classic story, beautifully told"

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    Disclaimer: I received this audiobook from the translator in exchange for an honest review

    I read Beowulf in high school and enjoyed it, but would have had a greater appreciation for it had I heard this version. I found this audio version of Beowulf to be beautiful and poetic. While the story itself is powerful and timeless, Davis' translation and Hanks' narration improve upon it. John Hanks is a hidden gem, his voice is broad and resonant and he can voice whimsical passages as skillfully as he narrates more serious, dramatic scenes. This is a beautiful story, beautifully told... my only complaint is that at 3 hours and change, I enjoyed it so much that I wished it were longer. Highly recommended

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    Beowulf: The New Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald J. Davis
    • Narrated By John Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The origins, history and authorship of Beowulf are shrouded in uncertainty. This heroic epic probably began, as most do, with a wandering troubadour strumming a stringed instrument, sitting before a hearth-fire, and singing the verses to a spellbound audience arrayed before him. Beowulf is a rousing adventure story, filled with intrepid heroes, monsters and fire-breathing dragons, which can be listened to for the sheer enjoyment of the tale.

    Amazon Customer says: "An enjoyable listen"
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  • Beowulf

    "Why, oh, why is it abridged?"

    Overall

    Seamus Heaney is a wonderful poet and a wonderful reader: listening to him is like hearing the original poet holding forth. But the reading is abridged, in what seems more like a marketing decision -- trying to fit the audiobook onto a two-CD set -- than an artistic one. "Beowulf" could certainly use some abridgement here and there, and I wouldn't mind if there were only minor omissions; but among the episodes cut is the challenge that Unferth issues to Beowulf about his swimming contest with Brecca. This isn't just empty padding: it's essential to the characters of both Unferth and Beowulf. In many ways this is the best single recording of "Beowulf" available: why couldn't there be an unabridged (or at least a less-abridged) version as well? That would get six stars out of five. No other version comes close to the mastery of language shown by this one.

  • The Aeneid

    "Not the best, but not bad"

    Overall

    I don't think this is the best Aeneid on audiobook -- if you have to choose, get the Charlton Griffin one -- but it's not bad. The translation is wonderful: pithy, hard-hitting, and tough; it's worth having this one to get Fagles' take on Virgil, if nothing else. But the performance, though I liked it, is definitely not to everyone's taste. Simon Callow (or the producer?) decided to do it as if it were a one-man stage show, rather than a studio reading. If you've ever seen Callow doing Charles Dickens, you get the idea: it's a very broad performance.

    On the other hand, Aeneas needs a boost. As epic heroes go, he's a pill and a half: dutiful to a fault, self-righteous and self-justifying ("well, I never actually used the word MARRIAGE, did I?"). Virgil takes received wisdom and the Grandeur that was Rome at face value, where Homer delightfully subverts everything he touches.

  • Purgatory: From The Divine Comedy

    "Clear translation, excellent music"

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    The pace is a little "stately," to put it politely. But of the many versions of The Divine Comedy available on Audible, the Naxos version has the clearest translation and the best music. (Short musical segments bridge each canto.) I don't know anything about Benedict Flynn as a translator - his work appears to have been done specifically for this recording and is not available anywhere in print, as far as I know - but it is a lucid narrative, and Heathcote Williams gives each line time to sink in.

    Purgatory doesn't have the dramatic scenes of torture that fill Inferno, although some of the punishments are enough to make a tender-hearted listener squirm. It's a lighter place to visit than Hell: although there IS suffering to be endured, everyone who reaches its shores is assured of salvation, and Dante's relief as he encounters some of his friends there is palpable. People smile here. They sing songs and they make jokes.

    There is poignancy here as well. Near the end, Dante turns to speak to Virgil, only to discover that Virgil is gone: he has returned to Limbo. He is the instrument of Dante's salvation but will never experience it himself. It's impossible for me to get through this part of the story without a sense of profound injustice; but it's Dante's world and it has to be taken as it comes, at least for the duration of the poem.

    While the story is lucid and the images vivid, the problem anyone will have coming to this for the first time will be the thousands of allusions to classical mythology and medieval European politics. An audiobook is particularly difficult to get through in this respect: best to have some notes handy while listening (Guy Raffa's "The Complete Danteworlds" is a useful companion, but any annotated translation will do). My advice would be to take the notes lightly, though. Use them sparingly; focus on the words and emotions first. It's a dramatic poem with a spectacular conclusion.

    An alternative to this is the Audiobook Contractors production, with Grover Gardner reading. That uses an unusual approach to the annotation problem, weaving short glosses into the text itself. If you do that, though, come back to this one later: the mood, atmosphere, and music of this version make for a great listen.

  • Beowulf

    "Good reading, but translation just a bit stilted"

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    Charlton Griffin's audiobooks always present interesting fusions of narration and music, and the same is true here. The music is generally well-chosen and provides an effective, atmospheric backdrop for the story. The poem is divided here into logical chunks, rather than the original short chapters that often seem to have more to do with length than content. Griffin certainly sounds like an Anglo-Saxon bard setting about his business. In terms of the translation used, though, I'd have to give the edge to the one used by Blackstone, old-fashioned in style but not in vocabulary; this one is old-fashioned in both, in a way that interferes with comprehension.

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  • "Outstanding compilation of Yeats's ..."

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    I don't understand the criticisms by some other reviewers of this album's audio quality. Might they be referring to an earlier release of this album (which has been offered in several formats by a few vendors over the years)? The quality is absolutely outstanding, and the readings by Stephanie Beacham, Colm Meaney, Julian Sands, David Warner, Gabriel Byrne, Roger Rees, Minnie Driver, and Samantha Eggar are as fine as you could ever want.

    There are 88 "tracks" on this album. Unfortunately Audible's space limitations preclude me from providing here a Table of Contents. What I will say is that titles of poems are introduced, but not who's narrating what: a typical (and frustrating) lapse in documentation by Audible.

    Any Yeats lover should buy this new release, as roughly a quarter of the poems are not present on the 4 other Audible.com Yeats compilations.

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    The Poetry of William Butler Yeats

    • NONE (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated By Stephanie Beacham, Gabriel Byrne, Minnie Driver
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    (25)
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    (9)
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    (9)

    The Nobel Laureate's early poetry is suffused with the radiant lyricism of Irish folklore and myth; the yearning romance and distinctly Irish voice of these first works have inspired scores of poets.

    Joseph Marcus says: "Outstanding compilation of Yeats's Short Poems"

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    The Great Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    A collection of the best-known poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). One of the Victorian era's greatest writers, Hopkins' reputation has continued to grow since his death. This collection includes "The Windhover", "The Caged Skylark", "Carrion Comfort", "Spring", and "Fall and Inversnaid".

    Robert says: "Excellent encounter with the poet."
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UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

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    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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ABRIDGED) by Seamus Heaney Narrated by Seamus Heaney

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    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
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UNABRIDGED) by Simon Armitage Narrated by Bill Wallis

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    • By Simon Armitage
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The famous Middle English poem by an anonymous Northern England poet is beautifully translated by fellow poet Simon Armitage in this edition. "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" narrates in crystalline verse the strange tale of a green knight who rudely interrupts the Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

    Mary says: "great original, translation, and reader"
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  • 4.4 (105 ratings)
    The Waste Land & Four Quartets  by T.S. Eliot Narrated by Paul Scofield

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    • By T.S. Eliot
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    These are masterly readings, by renowned thespian Paul Schofield, of two substantial works of poetry by T.S. Eliot.

    Judith says: "Exquisite!"
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    Thomas's recording of this holiday classic is considered the first official audiobook. You'll hear the author's recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth as well as some of his most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."

    Ruth Green says: "An index of contents"
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    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
    • Narrated By Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench
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    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of life's seven ages, from childhood to old age. Within the framework of Shakespeare's speech, "The Seven Ages of Man," performed by Sir Ian McKellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from Chaucer to Emily Dickinson to Walt Whitman and many others. The poem are presented by the finest cast ever assembled on one recording and includes Ralph Fiennes, Dame Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Caine, and more.

    ESK says: "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"
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    The Modern Scholar: Dante and His Divine Comedy: The Modern Scholar (






UNABRIDGED) by Timothy B. Shutt

    The Modern Scholar: Dante and His Divine Comedy: The Modern Scholar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy B. Shutt
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    Kenyon College professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt examines Dante's greatest work, The Divine Comedy, both in terms of its autobiographical elements and its allegorical meaning for the human race.

    Jeanne says: "Lectures certainly, but entertaining as well"
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  • 4.3 (54 ratings)
    Inferno: From The Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator) Narrated by Heathcote Williams

    Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
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    (54)
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    "Abandon all hope you who enter here." ("Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

    Laurel says: "The Best Inferno So Far"
  • T'was the Night Before Christmas (






ABRIDGED) by Clement Clark Moore Narrated by John William Cawthorne

    T'was the Night Before Christmas

    • ABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Clement Clark Moore
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (32)

    This is a wonderful rendition, set to the overture of "The Nutcracker", of the timeless Christmas classic by Moore to be enjoyed again and again from season to season.

    Marigold Galore says: "just lovely!"
  • The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles) Narrated by Ian McKellen

    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (431)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer, W. H. D. Rouse (translator) Narrated by Anthony Heald

    Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Homer, W. H. D. Rouse (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
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    (60)
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    (55)
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    (57)

    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

    Ganesh says: "Best Iliad experience on Audible"
  • The Iliad (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator) Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (115)
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    (116)

    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
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  • Beowulf: The New Translation (






UNABRIDGED) by Gerald J. Davis Narrated by John Hanks

    Beowulf: The New Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Gerald J. Davis
    • Narrated By John Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The origins, history and authorship of Beowulf are shrouded in uncertainty. This heroic epic probably began, as most do, with a wandering troubadour strumming a stringed instrument, sitting before a hearth-fire, and singing the verses to a spellbound audience arrayed before him. Beowulf is a rousing adventure story, filled with intrepid heroes, monsters and fire-breathing dragons, which can be listened to for the sheer enjoyment of the tale.

    Amazon Customer says: "An enjoyable listen"
  • Beowulf (






ABRIDGED) by Seamus Heaney Narrated by Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
  • The Poetry of Emily Dickinson  by Emily Dickinson Narrated by Julie Harris

    The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

    • HIGHLIGHTS (45 mins)
    • By Emily Dickinson
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
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    (11)
    Performance
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    A collection of the finest work of one of America's best-loved poets. Despite Dickinson's prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. Critics now consider Dickinson to be a major American poet. Read by Julie Harris.

  • Iliad (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator) Narrated by Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon

    Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon (Introduction), Stanley Lombardo (Translator)
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
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    The first of Homer's great epic poems, the Iliad portrays the final days of the Trojan war. The Iliad has stood the test of time and is still one of (it not the) best depictions of ancient warfare. It is an essential precursor to the infamous journey of Odysseus. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Daryl says: "Good for first timers"
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  • The Iliad of Homer  by The Great Courses Narrated by Professor Elizabeth Vandiver

    The Iliad of Homer

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Elizabeth Vandiver
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    For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. When you join Professor Vandiver for this lecture series on the Iliad, you'll come to understand what has enthralled and gripped so many people.Her compelling 12-lecture look at this literary masterpiece -whether it's the work of many authors or the "vision" of a single blind poet - makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written.

    Elan says: "Vandiver never disappoints"
  • Inferno: From The Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator) Narrated by Heathcote Williams

    Inferno: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Benedict Flynn (translator)
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    "Abandon all hope you who enter here." ("Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate.") Dante’s Hell is one of the most remarkable visions in Western literature. An allegory for his and future ages, it is, at the same time, an account of terrifying realism. Passing under a lintel emblazoned with these frightening words, the poet is led down into the depths by Virgil and shown those doomed to suffer eternal torment for vices exhibited and sins committed on earth.

    Laurel says: "The Best Inferno So Far"
  • Paradise Lost (






UNABRIDGED) by John Milton Narrated by Flo Gibson

    Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Considered by many to be the greatest epic poem ever written, this biblical tale relates the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Despite God's prohibitive warning, Satan entices Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. Dire consequences ensue.

    jaye says: "it was too complicated for me"
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained (






UNABRIDGED) by John Milton Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    (215)
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    (148)
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    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    thomas says: "SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK!"
  • The Inferno of Dante (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator) Narrated by Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Robert Pinsky

    The Inferno of Dante

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, and others
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    This critically acclaimed translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. Well versed, rapid, and various in style, the Inferno is narrated by Pinsky and three other leading poets: Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, and Louise Glück.

  • Cartas a un Joven Poeta [Letters to a Young Poet] (






UNABRIDGED) by Rainer María Rilke Narrated by RUMI Productions LLC

    Cartas a un Joven Poeta [Letters to a Young Poet]

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Rainer María Rilke
    • Narrated By RUMI Productions LLC
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    Franz Xaver Kappus era un estudiante en la Academia Militar Teresiana en Vienna, Austria, cuando fue sorprendido por uno de sus profesores mientras leía uno de los libros de Rilke. Este profesor le reveló que Rilke había sido alumno de esa misma Academia. Kappus decide entonces escribir una carta a Rilke en la que le solicita su opinión acerca de los poemas que ha escrito, además de compartir con él su indecisión entre seguir la carrera militar o convertirse en poeta.

  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 8  by Nasir Kazmi, Deputy Nazir Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 8

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Nasir Kazmi, Deputy Nazir Ahmed, Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi
    • Narrated By Zia Mohyeddin
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 8 includes either an essay or a poetry by the following authors: 1) Nasir Kazmi , Deputy Nazir Ahmed, 2) Letter to Parveen Shakir, 3) Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi 4) Deputy Nazir Ahmed.

  • Wake Up England (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Bridges Narrated by Phillip J. Mather

    Wake Up England

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Robert Bridges
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
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    In "Wake up England", published in 1914 at the start of the Great War, Poet Laureate Robert Bridges urges the British citizenry to support the war by appealing to their sense of patriotism and duty, mindful that God is on their side.

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  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 9  by Ibn e Insha, Ayub Khawar, Hafiz Mehmood Sherwani, Israr Ashfaque, Ghulam Ahmed Furqat, Meera Jee Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 9

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Ibn e Insha, Ayub Khawar, Hafiz Mehmood Sherwani, and others
    • Narrated By Zia Mohyeddin
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 9 includes either an essay or poetry by the following authors: 1) Ayub Khawar Ki Nazm, 2) Ibn e Insha, 3) Padhant, 4) Hafiz Mehmood Sherwani, 5) Israr Ashfaque 6) Ghulam Ahmed Furqati, 7) Meera Jee Ki Nazm, 8) Urdu Ka Aakhri Qari.

  • A Literary Love Affair (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Robert Browning, Walter Raleigh, Oscar Wilde, John Keats Narrated by Natalie Thomas, Benjamin O’Mahony

    A Literary Love Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and others
    • Narrated By Natalie Thomas, Benjamin O’Mahony
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    This anthology looks back over some of the great love affairs of literary history. It includes readings of poetry, letters and scenes from fiction written by British poets and authors from Shakespearian times to the twentieth century. Here are real-life romantic couples, such as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb, Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

  • Kindness to Animals (






UNABRIDGED) by Burton Egbert Stevenson (anthologist) Narrated by Ann M. Richardson

    Kindness to Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Burton Egbert Stevenson (anthologist)
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
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    A truly sweet poem narrated by voice actor Ann M. Richardson. Short, but sure to enthrall the child in all of us.

  • Pro Patria (






UNABRIDGED) by Owen Seaman Narrated by Phillip J. Mather

    Pro Patria

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Owen Seaman
    • Narrated By Phillip J. Mather
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    Written in 1914 by Owen Seaman, the poem "Pro Patria" is a call to arms to defend the righteous and noble values that England was deemed to represent. Calling upon God to support the coming actions of the war, based on a gallant national history, "Pro Patria" is an allusion to Horace and was also utilized in Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen.