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ESK

ESK Moscow, Russia Member Since 2011

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

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  • "The Anthology of 'Music-Makers'"

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    Poetic delight. Lyric ecstasy. Personally, it's the best collection of poems ever. Should you have any doubts about that, look at the list of poems and the narrators.
    (Part I/Disc I)
    1. Autumn from 4 Seasons/Capella Istropiltana - Stephen Gunzenhauser (conductor)
    2. Shakespeare, Seven Ages from As You Like It, Act II Scene VII - Sir Ian McKellen
    3. A Fancy - The Rose Consort Of Viols
    4. Shakespeare, From All the world's a stage: Infant (excerpt) - Sir Ian McKellen
    5. Thom Gunn, Baby Song - Catherine McCormack
    6. Ann Stevenson, The Victory - Richard Jackson
    7. Emily Dickinson, Surgeons - Gayle Hunnicutt
    8. Shakespeare, Fancy from Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 2 - Mark Rylance
    9. Ogden Nash, Guppy - Prunella Scales
    10. Edward Lear, Quangle Wangle's Hat - Connie Booth
    11. Thomas Hood, I Remember, I Remember - Ralph Fiennes
    12. William Allingham, The Fairies - Juliet Stevenson
    13. Thomas Hood, A Parental Ode - Ralph Fiennes
    14. Robert L. Stevenson, My Shadow - Stella Gonet
    15. Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussy Cat - John Cleese
    16. A. A. Milne, Sneezles - Andrew Sachs
    17. Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter - Joss Ackland w/ Peter Bayliss
    18. Ted Hughes, Jellyfish - Leo Sayer
    19. G.K. Chesterton, The Donkey - Emma Fielding
    20. Anonymous (or Christopher Isherwood?), The Common Cormorant - Andrew Sachs
    21. R.L. Stevenson, Where Go the Boats - Stella Gonet
    22. Ted Hughes, Crab - Leo Sayer
    23. A.A. Milne, The End - Catherine McCormack
    24. Midsummer Nights Dream (Uphill Down Dale) - Barry Wordsworth (conductor)
    25. Shakespeare, From All the world's a stage: School - Sir Ian McKellen
    26. R.L. Stevenson, To Any Reader - John Sessions
    27. Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood - Ioan Gruffudd
    28. Vernon Watkins, The Collier - Ioan Gruffudd
    29. Shel Silverstein, Sick - Catherine McCormack
    30. John Whitworth, Boring - John Cleese
    31. John Whittier, From The Barefoot Boy - Jenny Agutter
    32. Full Fathom Five from Tempest, Act I Scene 2 - Dame Glenda Jackson
    33. Oscar Wilde, Rosa Mystica - Michael Williams
    34. Rudyard Kipling, A Smuggler's Song - Michael Caine
    35 C. Day Lewis, Walking Away - Timothy West
    36 Hilaire Belloc, Tarantella - Terence Stamp
    37 T.S. Eliot, Macavity - David Suchet
    38 Rudyard Kipling, If - Michael Caine
    39 Shakespeare, From Hamlet: This Above All - Michael Maloney
    40. M. George Whitehead and His Almand - performed by Rose Consort Of Viols
    41. Shakespeare, From All the World's a Stage: Lover - Sir Ian McKellen
    42. W.B. Yeats, The Arrow - Art Malisk
    43. H.W. Longfellow, The Arrow and the Song - HRH The Duchess Of Kent
    44. Rabindranath Tagore, They Who Are Near to Me - Art Malik
    45. Christina Rossetti, The First Day - Felicity Kendal
    46. T.L. Beddoes, From The Song of Torrismond - Janet Suzman
    47. R.S. Bridges, My Delight and Thy Delight - Ralph Fiennes
    48. E.B. Browning, Sonnet 43 - Hannah Gordon
    49. R. Kipling, The Virginity - Terence Stamp
    50. P.B. Shelley, The Longest Journey - Samuel West
    51. Anonymous, We Have Known Treasure - Charles Dance
    52. Shakespeare, Sonnet 138 - Robert Lindsay
    53. C. Rossetti, Echo - Dame Glenda Jackson
    54. R. Tagore, Delusions I Did Cherish - Art Malik
    55. Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 - Dame Glenda Jackson
    56. A. E. Housman, When I Was One-And-Twenty - Pete Postlethwaite
    57. W. B. Yeats, The Mermaid - Juliet Stevenson
    58. Robert Herrick, Upon the Nipples of Julia's Breast - Terence Stamp
    59. Robert Burns, My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose - John Sessions
    60. Shakespeare, Sonnet 116 - Robert Lindsay
    61. D. H. Lawrence, New Year's Eve - Michael Maloney
    62. D. H. Lawrence, Green - Michael Maloney
    63. John Keats, A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever - Mark Rylance

    (Part II/Disc II)
    1. Stravinsky: A Soldier's Tale - Nicholas Ward (conductor)
    2. Shakespeare, From All the world's a stage: Soldier - Sir Ian McKellen
    3. Shakespeare, Prologue from King Henry 5 - Mark Rylance
    4. Julian Grenfell, Into Battle - Juliet Stevenson
    5. W. B. Yeats, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death - William Houston
    6. James Russell Lowell, Once to Every Man and Nation - Dame Judi Dench
    7. Seamus Heaney, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing - William Houston
    8. John McCrea, In Flanders Fields - Robert Powell
    9. Vera Brittain, Perhaps - Dame Judi Dench
    10. Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth - Robert Powell
    11. Wilfred Owen, Dulce at Decorum Est / Lord Owen
    12. Eva Dobell, Pluck - Felicity Kendal
    13. W. H. Auden, From In Memory of W.B. Yeats - Art Malik
    14. John Jarmain, At a War Grave - Michael Malony
    15. John Jarmain, El Alamein - Michael Malony
    16. Ruth Fainlight, Handbag - Prunella Scales
    17. Elsie Cawser , Salvage Song - Michael Maloney
    18. Rudyard Kipling, England - Michael Caine
    19. Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach - Michael Williams
    20. Dan Pagis, Written With a Pencil in a Sealed Wagon - Janet Suzman
    21. John Donne, No Man Is an Island - Ed Bishop
    22. Luis de Narvaez: Fantasia - Shirley Rumsey
    23. Shakespeare, From All the World's a Stage: Wisdom - Sir Ian McKellen
    24. Shakespeare, The Quality of Mercy from Merchant of Venice, Act IV Scene 1 - Ralph Fiennes
    25. John Boyle O’Reilly , What Is Good - Dame Judi Dench
    26. Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass - Art Malik
    27. Anonymous, Addendum to the Ten Commandments - Michael Caine
    28. Geoffrey Chaucer, From The Canterbury Tales: A Student - Emma Fielding
    29. James Leigh Hunt, Abou Ben Adhem - Robert Powell
    30. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Song of Hiawatha (excerpt) - Clarke Peters
    31. William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up - Robert Hardy
    32. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence - Timothy West
    33. William Blake, The Tyger - Timothy West
    34. Emily Dickinson, Of All Souls That Stand Create - Gayle Hunnicutt
    35. Percy Bysshe Shelley, Chorus of Spirits - Prunella Scales
    36. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan - Pete Postlethwaite
    37. Robert Burns, A Man's a Man for A' That - John Sessions
    38. Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken - John Cleese
    39. Anonymous, The Bleed'n' Sparrer - Michael Caine
    40. The King of Denmark's Galiard performed by the Rose Consort of Viols
    41. Shakespeare, From All the World's a Stage: Sixth Age - Sir Ian McKellen
    42. W. B. Yeats, Politics - Michael Caine
    43. Ogden Nash, Peekaboo, I Almost See You - David Suchet
    44. Ogden Nash, Samson Agonistes - David Suchet
    45. John Masefield , Sea Fever - Terence Stamp
    46. Emily Dickinson, Exultation - Gayle Hunnicutt
    47. Morris Bishop, We Have Been Here Before - Charles Dance
    48. Alfred, Lord Tennyson From The Brook - Janet Suzman
    49. William Wordsworth, Upon Westminster Bridge - Robert Hardy
    50. J. Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, A Song of a Young Lady to Her Ancient Lover - Janet Suzman
    51. Robert Burns, John Anderson, My Jo - Stella Gonet
    52. Stanley J. Sharples, In Praise of Cocoa, Cupid's Nightcap - Emma Fielding
    53. Rudyard Kipling, The Way Through the Woods - Art Malik
    54. Christina Rossetti, From Uphill - HRH The Duchess Of Kent
    55. Shakespeare, From All the World's a Stage: Last Scene - Sir Ian McKellen
    56. Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night - Ioan Gruffudd
    57. Christina Rossetti, Song - Jenny Agutter
    58. Leo Marks, Code Poem for the French Resistance - Ralph Fiennes
    59. Emily Dickinson, This World Is Not Conclusion - Gayle Hunnicutt
    60. Robert Louis Stevenson, Requiem - John Sessions
    61. Christina Rossetti, Sleeping at Last - Dame Judi Dench
    62. Shakespeare, Fear No More from Cymbeline, Act IV Scene 2 - Sir Ian McKellen
    63. John Banister Tabb, Evolution/Autumn from Four Seasons (Reprise) - Mark Rylance

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    Seven Ages: An Anthology of Poetry with Music

    • 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'"
  • "The quintessence of Romanticism"

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    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
    2.  Mutability
    3.  To Wordsworth
    4.  Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
    5.  Ozymandias
    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
    25.  Time
    26.  Lines: 'When the lamp is shattered'
    27.  Music, when soft voices die
    28.  To Jane: The Recollection

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    The Great Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley

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    • By Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • Narrated By Bertie Carvel
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    Idealist, atheist, outcast, political radical and, of course, poet - Percy Bysshe Shelley was, in many ways, the epitome of the Romantic artist. His poetry was an outlet for his passionately held and highly unpopular beliefs, beliefs which resulted in social exclusion, exile, and possibly even his premature death at the age of 29. His work is a monument to his convictions and to the power of the human spirit, and today it is recognized as a key contribution to Romantic literature.

    ESK says: "The quintessence of Romanticism"
  • "'Bard of passion'"

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    It's a highly enjoyable selection of poems. Forbes Masson gave an impassioned and expressive rendition. I fell in love with his Scottish accent. I could listen to him for hours. Over and over again.

    Here's the list of poems on the audio:
    1. A Man's a Man for a' That
    2. A Red, Red Rose
    3. A Winter Night
    4. Address to a Haggis
    5. Address to the Unco Guid
    6. Ae Fond Kiss
    7. Apology for Declining an Invitation to Dine
    8. Auld Lang Syne
    9. Bessy and her Spinnin' Wheel
    10. Epistle to a Young Friend
    11. Holy Willie's Prayer
    12. I'll Meet Thee on the Lea Rig
    13. Man Was Made to Mourn
    14. My Bonie Mary
    15. My Love's She's But a Lassie Yet
    16. On a Suicide
    17. Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn
    18. Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation
    19. Tam O'Shanter
    20. The Banks O'Doon
    21. The Cotter's Saturday Night
    22. From The Jolly Beggars (extract)
    23. To a Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church
    24. To a Mouse, On Turning Her up in Her Nest with the Plough
    25. To Mary in Heaven

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    The Great Poets: Robert Burns

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Burns
    • Narrated By Forbes Masson
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    The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), one of the most popular of poets, was celebrated in 2009. A pioneer of the Romantic movement, works such as "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man’s a Man for a’ That", and the ubiquitous "Auld Lang Syne", have made him an international figure. Naxos AudioBooks’ popular Great Poets series marked the anniversary with this audio, bringing together all the key works.

    ESK says: "'Bard of passion'"
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A Peek at Joseph Marcus's Bookshelf

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  • Poems by Lord Byron

    "Incredible interpretation: Byron reincarnated?"

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    Initially ... only for a few seconds, really ... it was disorienting to hear "Don Juan" read by the passionate American Hollywood film actor Tyrone Power; I've gotten accustomed to hearing distinguished knights of the British stage reading the Romantic poets on Audible.com. But early 19th-century British poetry with an American accent: how dare they?!

    But then, quite rapidly, things got downright spooky. The swashbuckling Power BECOMES the swashbuckling Byron. While Tyrone Power has been dead now for 51 years and Lord Byron for 185, both men died tragically young: Power at 44, Byron at 36. Both were Byronesque figures in real life, the latter no less so than his eponymous predecessor. Bisexuals both, subjects of scandal both, larger-than-life artistic talents both. And by all means DO surf the web for their portrait and photo, respectively: the two men even resemble one another!

    All of this I learned only AFTER listening to this audiobook, of course. Although this is obviously a transfer of an old LP, the audio quality is superb. But it is Tyrone Power's powerfully engaging interpretive reading ... particularly the fluency and passion of the interpretations, the nuances, the super clean diction that together with Lord Byron's colloquial prose make these poems sound so modern ... which makes this one of the very best Audio.com purchases I have ever made. All Audio.com "veterans" know that even with the best source material, a mediocre (or worse) narrator can leave a bad taste in listeners' mouths with nary a thing to be done about it. Rest assured, there is no such problem here. It sounds suspiciously hyperbolical, I know, but I have to say it nonetheless: Tyrone Power was born (and died) to play Lord Byron!

  • The Rubaiyat

    "Michael MacLiammoir's rendition is far superior"

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    This review is written in response to the disappointment expressed by the preceding reviewers. I own multiple Audible.com recordings of "The Rubaiyat" (including this one). Perhaps the BEST, by British actor Michael MacLiammoir, is the second poem [157-22:50] of "The World's Greatest Poetry Volume 5." It also happens to be the complete, original (= canonical) Edward Fitzgerald "translation," whereas Davies reads here an alternate, non-standard version which I consider inferior.

  • The Poetry of William Butler Yeats

    "Outstanding compilation of Yeats's Short Poems"

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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.

  • Robert Browning: Selected Poems

    "Burying the Bishop, Disinterring the Shorter Poems"

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    Born (as was Charles Dickens) in 1812; died (as did Gerard Manley Hopkins) in 1889, Robert Browning (part Romantic, part Victorian, and certainly part Modern) remains one of the most influential yet controversial literary giants of the 19th Century. Controversial? Henry James called him "a poet without a lyre." Oscar Wilde acknowledged that Browning had a lyre but that its strings were broken, famously remarking, "He used poetry as a medium for writing in prose." Yet both men admired him as a consummate creator of character, rivaling Shakespeare. These evaluations notwithstanding, those of us who vaguely remember Browning from high school as the quintessential composer of blank-verse dramatic monologues, will perhaps be surprised and delighted at the range of rhythmic -- and rhyming -- patterns the poems in this collection show. Indeed, in a market fairly saturated with wonderful E.B.B. and R. Browning offerings, it was savvy of acclaimed British actor Greg Wagland to concentrate here on shorter, lyrical poems that I, as a casual Browning fan, was unfamiliar with. But how, with the aforementioned embarrassment of riches, does one choose one Robert Browning audiobook? If, as publisher-critic Michael Schmidt has written, "we read [poetry] with our ears," I would rephrase this by saying that if we're lucky, we also hear it with our eyes. But I'm not lucky; unlike prose, I MUST HEAR poetry, and the nature of (especially) this particular poet's oeuvre is such that he demands to be heard in dramatically polished recordings such as this one by Wagland — the new kid on the Browning block. (At Audible you can also compare veteran voice actors David Timson and Patience Tomlinson's superb collaboration, with James Mason's iconic portrayals of disturbed priests and uxoricidal husbands; you can purchase 3 to 15-minute readings by Cathy Dobson, or at the other extreme Frederick Davidson's 5-hour (!) monotone marathon.) Obviously narrators differ in vocal tone and timbre, as well as interpretive approach. For these reasons alone you and I may prefer different readers. On a theoretical continuum from straight-up reading to the over-wrought ACTING so preciously satirized by Jon Lovitz's SNL sketches, Greg Wagland lands in the golden middle: not quite understated; pensive but not subdued. That said, unlike say Davidson (who always sounds like Davidson), Wagland's tone varies as it should depending upon the poem, and his interpretations are always moving and dead on. The poems on this audiobook, listed in ORDER, are: 1. The Bishop Orders his Tomb ... 2. The Lost Leader 3. Love Among the Ruins. 4. Up at a Villa ... 5. A Woman's Last Word. 6. A Toccata ... 7. Love in a Life. 8. Life in a Love. 10. Two in the Campagna 11. Dubiety 12. Apparent Failure 13. Prospice 14. Soliloquy ... 15. A Grammarian's Funeral 16. Pictor Ignatius 17. My Star. All poems but the first one rhyme. So much for high-school memories and Oscar Wilde.

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  • "A Must Have For Every Woman"

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    I was so happy when I got this from my mom for my 21st birthday. I love poetry (and especially writing ones too). These poems are so relatable of what I am going through and it's nice listening to the audible version too. It's nice and relaxing. The pacing is excellent and all of the voices narrate the poems great. It's a must have for every woman out there (especially for those who love poetry as much as I do).

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    She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (selection and introductions), Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and others
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, and others
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    She Walks in Beauty draws on poetry’s eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman. Caroline Kennedy has divided the collection into sections that signify to her the most notable milestones, passages, and universal experiences in a woman’s life, and she begins each of these sections with an introduction in which she explores and celebrates the most important elements of life’s journey.

    Elena says: "A Must Have For Every Woman"

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    The evolution of Taylor Mali the poet could be measured in the number of people his poetry has directly inspired to be teachers. Or the increasing cast of high school and college-age students who perform his words in forensic competitions. This is Taylor in his element: performing in front of live and writhing audiences demanding and receiving all the rough, raw, and authentic passion of Taylor Mali's poetry.

    Katherine says: "Inspiring"
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    Robert says: "Excellent encounter with the poet."
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    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (from the Naxos Audiobook 'A Family Christmas') (






ABRIDGED) by Charles Clement Moore Narrated by John Chancer

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas (from the Naxos Audiobook 'A Family Christmas')

    • ABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Charles Clement Moore
    • Narrated By John Chancer
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    "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" first appeared in the Sentinel, a New York magazine, in 1823 without an author's name attached. It was later attributed to Clement Clark Moore, a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia University.

    Gudrun says: "Nothing spectacular"
  • The Three Kings (from the Naxos Audiobook 'A Family Christmas') (






ABRIDGED) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Narrated by Teresa Gallagher

    The Three Kings (from the Naxos Audiobook 'A Family Christmas')

    • ABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • Narrated By Teresa Gallagher
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    Many poets were delighted by The Christmas Story in the 19th century. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of "Hiawatha" fame was one of them. "The Three Kings" is his re-telling, done in a fine, upright meter and rhyme.

  • Beowulf (






ABRIDGED) by Seamus Heaney Narrated by Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf

    • 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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  • Idylls of the King (






UNABRIDGED) by Alfred Tennyson Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    Idylls of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

    Roger says: "Beautiful poetry"
  • Dante's Inferno (Dramatised) (






ABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri Narrated by Corin Redgrave

    Dante's Inferno (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Corin Redgrave
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    This original and refreshingly different dramatisation follows Dante, "lost in a dark wood", who is met by Virgil, who takes him on a tour of the underworld: a place he could end up if he decides to take his own life. Corin Redgrave is the voice of Dante.

    Joseph says: "Dante's Inferno"
  • 50 Favourite Nursery Rhymes (






ABRIDGED) by BBC Audiobooks Narrated by Full Cast

    50 Favourite Nursery Rhymes

    • ABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By BBC Audiobooks
    • Narrated By Full Cast
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    Here are 50 favourite nursery rhymes. Included are lots of the most common nursery rhymes - and all those you may have forgotten!

    Clare says: "I wasn't impressed, but youngster LOVES this"
  • Many Miles: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver  by Mary Oliver Narrated by Mary Oliver

    Many Miles: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Mary Oliver
    • Narrated By Mary Oliver
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    Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second CD from best-selling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of 37 previously published poems and four as yet uncollected, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry - from her classic nature writing, to her verses for her mischievous bichon Percy, to her ever-deepening spiritual poems. Many Miles will be a most welcome addition to the collections of her fans.

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (






UNABRIDGED) by Simon Armitage Narrated by Bill Wallis

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • 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"
  • And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections) (






ABRIDGED) by Maya Angelou Narrated by Maya Angelou

    And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections)

    • ABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
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    The beloved and best-selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings reads aloud from her third book of verse. She not only gives life to many of her most cherished poems, but she also presents personal introductions to several favorites, including "One More Round", "Woman Work", and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me".

    Jean says: "Amazing"
  • The Canterbury Tales: A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel (






UNABRIDGED) by Geoffrey Chaucer Narrated by uncredited

    The Canterbury Tales: A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation.

    Tad Davis says: "A wonderful treat!"
  • 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
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    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"
  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, Syed Ahmad, Josh Malih Abadi, Meera Jee, Nasir Kazmi Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, and others
    • Narrated By Zia Mohyeddin
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 10 includes: "Angrezi Adab Para"; "Ek Tukra"; "Kuttay", by Sir Syed Ahmad; "Josh Malih Abadi"; "Nazm Noon Meem Rashid"; "Nazm Meera Jee"; "Khat Mohammad Ali Redolvi"; "Baccha Nahin Hota"; "Ghazal Nasir Kazmi"; "Al Shajri", by Azeem Baig Chughtai: "Nazm", by Noon Meem Rashid; "Ghazal", by Faiz; and "Ghazal", by Faiz and Khamooshi.

  • The Iliad: Unabridged for Audible (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer, F L Light (translator) Narrated by Jack Nolan

    The Iliad: Unabridged for Audible

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Homer, F L Light (translator)
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
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    Frederick Lazarus Light's resolve to write a greater Iliad in English than Homer composed in Greek is manifest. This translation impersonates Homeric Greek. It runs with Achilleus and like man-shattering Hector in the shock of arms is resolutely sharp. As unrelenting as sublimity, not yielding lyrically, unprosaically vindicating Homer's vision, the brightest labor has been attempted and is brought over as a consummate attempt.

  • Alethia Phrikodes (






UNABRIDGED) by H. P. Lovecraft Narrated by John W. Michaels

    Alethia Phrikodes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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    "Alethia Phrikodes", or "Frightful Truth", is an intense vision of Lovecraft's cosmicist viewpoint, that humankind is nothing but an aspiring race of mites and mortal vermin, a speck of nothing in an immense cosmos.

  • Let's Use Free Speech to Promote Revolution (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Bushard Narrated by Mark Stahr

    Let's Use Free Speech to Promote Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Andrew Bushard
    • Narrated By Mark Stahr
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    Why does the world have the good things? Because of Revolutions! Thank Revolutions for all they have done and for what you most enjoy!

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  • Gethsemane: An Epic Poem about Us (






UNABRIDGED) by R. Douglas Jacobs Narrated by R. Douglas Jacobs

    Gethsemane: An Epic Poem about Us

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By R. Douglas Jacobs
    • Narrated By R. Douglas Jacobs
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    Gethsemane is a sweeping poetic narrative that is a modern day version of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Philosophically told in three acts from the point-of-view of Lucifer, the story tells of his fall from grace, how his manipulation of his heavenly brothers, The Watchers, brought about the advent of Hell, and how Mankind adopted his ominous nature in making his purgatory (Earth) secular. In the last act, irony finally confronts Lucifer when he realizes the affection he has for a particular woman, and the notion of seeking redemption by virtue of his love for her becomes the seminal moment of his existence, and that of Mankind.

  • Poetry in Motion (






UNABRIDGED) by Chandre Bronkhorst, Cody Toye, Sophie Phillips Narrated by Bryan Keith

    Poetry in Motion

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Chandre Bronkhorst, Cody Toye, Sophie Phillips
    • Narrated By Bryan Keith
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    A collaboration of poem's from author Chandre Bronkhorst, author Cody Toye and Sophie Phillips. with poem's such as "Promise Me a Lie", "Moonatic Wolf and Magic". Let their words fill your imagination and allow your emotions to run free.

  • Children of the Cold War (






UNABRIDGED) by Lisa Kinsey Narrated by Jasmin Rhea

    Children of the Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 min)
    • By Lisa Kinsey
    • Narrated By Jasmin Rhea
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    "You have nothing to fear, but fear itself."What happened to us? What did they do to US during the Cold War? Who were we before? Pioneers! Look at us now: Full of Fear. Is that who we want to be? We are children of the Cold War.Is that how we want to stay?

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