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.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
It could be an uncle, a grandad.
Forget Shakespearean oratory and pompous posturing.
Well maybe you may need to understand that the double entendre can work two ways. These are metaphysical poems.
This is no dry preacher watching his mistress getting ready for bed or pontificating about the meeting of souls or minds.
Each piece is named and the interpretation of the lines is just glorious.
I love this recording and I would love more Donne narrated by Whitehead and Keen ( are you reading this NAXOS? )