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Kathleen L. Smith

Kathleen L. Smith Member Since 2008
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  • "Wonderful!"

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    I have listened to this several times and each time I enjoyed it more. There is "just enough" biographical information about each poet as well as suggestions for additional reading. All of the narrators are terrific. If you are new to poetry or a poetry lover, you'll enjoy this one. Highly recommended.

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    The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
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    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    Scot says: "Thank You, JL"
  • "Very good, but. . ."

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    I have three wishes: an unabridged version; a "chapter" break between poems [I listen with iTunes on my computer, and if I want to hear a poem over, it is difficult to navigate to the right spot]; and the title/poet named before each and every poem.

    Very pleasant listen!! Highly recommended.

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    Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and others
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon OldsGood Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.

    Kathleen L. Smith says: "Very good, but. . ."
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  • And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections)

    "Nothing compares to hearing the actual author read"

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    I heard several readings of these poems on YouTube by students and other people, but NOTHING compares to hearing Dr. Maya Angelou read her own poems. She doesn't just read them, she PERFORMS them. You can hear the drama as she pulls you into the amazing stories that she has captured from her lifetime. You must hear these poems as she reads them. Simply reading them from a book does not compare.

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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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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    • By Homer, F L Light (translator)
    • Narrated By Jack Nolan
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    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By John W. Michaels
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UNABRIDGED) by R. Douglas Jacobs Narrated by R. Douglas Jacobs

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  • Poetry in Motion (






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

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    • 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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