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J. J. Kuzma

J. J. Kuzma Gresham, OR USA Member Since 2007

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  • "Another great production by Charlto..."

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    Charlton Griffin is my "go to" man for the classics. He can deliver the haughtiness of Zeus and the self-loathing of Helen.
    This is another great title in the Audio Connoisseur catalog.

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    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"
  • "Desert Island Download"

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    Charlton Griffin is the voice of classic (and often hard-to-find) unabridged audiobooks. He brings the distinction and flair one wants to hear in Great Books, while highlighting the humorous and sometimes scandalous nature of Ovid. This is one to keep on my iPod, as I have listened to it several times.

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    The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Desert Island Download"
  • "Charlton Griffin rocks"

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    The narrating style of Charlton Griffin is perfect for this most famous work by Tennyson. He reads with tasteful flair. I especially enjoyed "Merlin and Vivien."

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    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"
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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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  • "My Favorite Odyssey"

    8 of 8 helpful votes

    Audible didn't mention who the translator was but when I input the first line into Google I found it linked to Augustus Taber Murray on Wikipedia.

    I have been trying to find for years a version of the Odyssey that I liked as much as I do most translations of the Iliad. In this reading of an obscure translation, which I listened to while I was working, I finally found what I wanted. I love action and fantasy and I had always thought that was the best reason to read this work. This time, I was more impressed by the character of the heroes and their women: their code of honor, their hospitality and generosity, their adaptability to the decrees of fate or the operation of chance, their competitiveness, their cruelty to men, women, and children, their loyalties and betrayals. I've read that the Odyssey was the first great adventure story but I think one could say that it was the first psychological novel.

    Charlton Griffin was terrific when he read the narration and the men's voices. I always imagined that Homer's warriors spoke like this. He wasn't at all convincing when doing the women's voices. I wish Audio Connoisseur had used a woman narrator.

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    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Homer, A. T. Murray (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    The Odyssey is the greatest adventure story ever written, and one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature For almost 3,000 years, it has been a storehouse of ancient Greek folklore and myth. It is also our very first novel, if we think of it in terms of romantic plot development, realistic characterizations, frequent change of scene, and heroic dramatic devices.

    Carl says: "Fantastic Audio Reading by Griffin!"

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    What Teachers Make  by Taylor Mali Narrated by Taylor Mali

    What Teachers Make

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    • By Taylor Mali
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali
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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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    The Great Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins (






UNABRIDGED) by Gerard Manley Hopkins Narrated by Jeremy Northam

    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."
  • 4.3 (623 ratings)
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    The Odyssey

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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!"
  • 4.3 (244 ratings)
    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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  • 4.6 (177 ratings)
    Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, April 20, 2005  by Billy Collins Narrated by Billy Collins

    Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, April 20, 2005

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Billy Collins
    • Narrated By Billy Collins
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    In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only.

    Melinda says: "Does Not Get Better Than This"
  • 4.4 (161 ratings)
    The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family (






UNABRIDGED) by John Lithgow Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Gary Sinese, John Lithgow

    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"
  • 4.4 (160 ratings)
    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
    Overall
    (160)
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    (84)
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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"
  • 4.3 (108 ratings)
    A Way with Words IV: Understanding Poetry (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael D. C. Drout Narrated by Michael Drout

    A Way with Words IV: Understanding Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated By Michael Drout
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    In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.

    B. Leddy says: "Drout Rules!"
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  • 4.4 (107 ratings)
    The Waste Land & Four Quartets  by T.S. Eliot Narrated by Paul Scofield

    The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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    (107)
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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!"
  • 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
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    Story
    (442)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 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
    (166)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (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"
  • Beowulf (






ABRIDGED) by Seamus Heaney Narrated by Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
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    Story
    (96)

    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 Divine Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator) Narrated by Charlton Griffin

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    Larry says: "Not for listening."
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  • The Poets' Corner: The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family (






UNABRIDGED) by John Lithgow Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, Glenn Close, Gary Sinese, John Lithgow

    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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    Story
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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"
  • The Great Poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (






UNABRIDGED) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Narrated by Michael Sheen, John Moffatt, Sarah Woodward, Anton Lesser, Benjamin Soames, David Timson

    The Great Poets: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 19 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Michael Sheen, John Moffatt, Sarah Woodward, and others
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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in collaboration with his friend, William Wordsworth, revolutionized English poetry. In 1798 they produced their Lyrical Ballads, poems of imagination and reflection using "the language of men" - pointing the way forward for a generation of Romantic poets.

    ESK says: "Another jewel of my poetry collection"
  • Pure Water: Poetry of Rumi  by Coleman Barks, Jellaludin Rumi Narrated by Coleman Barks, Eugene Friesen

    Pure Water: Poetry of Rumi

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Coleman Barks, Jellaludin Rumi
    • Narrated By Coleman Barks, Eugene Friesen
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    A 2009 Nautilus Gold Award Winner, Pure Water is Coleman Barks’ inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) - with Sufi stories and jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O’Carolan, Friesen and others. The performance captured in this recording recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi’s work was first uttered, but presents it in a distinctive contemporary setting. Coleman’s words combine with the cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen.

  • Good Poems: Selected and Introduced by Garrison Keillor (






ABRIDGED) by Garrison Keillor (editor), Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, Sharon Olds Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    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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  • The Iliad & The Odyssey (






UNABRIDGED) by Homer Narrated by John Lescault

    The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
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    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
  • Poetic License: 100 Poems - 100 Performers (






UNABRIDGED) by Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, Billy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and many more Narrated by Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Charles Busch, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael York, and many more

    Poetic License: 100 Poems - 100 Performers

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Dickinson, e. e. cummings, William Wordsworth, and others
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Charles Busch, and others
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    Why a poetry album? Easy answer: I love poetry. I love reading it. I love memorizing it. I love hearing great actors recite it. As the poet Mark Strand wrote, “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth / There is no happiness like mine / I have been eating poetry.” In the past, when I was full from eating, I have had the audacity to set poetry to music. But, on this audiobook, you will hear the music of the poems.

    Christine says: "100 poems -No table of contents!!"
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide - when the rainbow is enuf (






UNABRIDGED) by Ntozake Shange Narrated by Thandie Newton

    for colored girls who have considered suicide - when the rainbow is enuf

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange
    • Narrated By Thandie Newton
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    Playwright, poet, and novelist Ntozake Shange originally composed for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf in as a mesmerizingly original choreopoem. The New York Post called it "rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." Now a new audiobook, it chronicles the interconnected lives of a group of women facing shatteringly difficult issues, and evokes the indomitable power of enduring hope and joy.

    Robert says: "Doesn't Work Well as Audio Book"
  • The Classic Fifty Poems (






ABRIDGED) by John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christopher Marlowe Narrated by Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon

    The Classic Fifty Poems

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christopher Marlowe
    • Narrated By Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon
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    Adopting the methodology of the music charts, The Classic Fifty Poems presents the "top 50" poems of all time. Newly revised, and read by an ensemble of contemporary poets, The Classic Fifty Poems is a feast for poetry lovers.

    Patrick says: "technical comment"
  • A Vampire's Lament (






UNABRIDGED) by Edward Petty Narrated by Jim Morris

    A Vampire's Lament

    • UNABRIDGED (2 mins)
    • By Edward Petty
    • Narrated By Jim Morris
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    This poem, although it was written by gay author Edward Petty almost 12 years ago, still captures Halloween's chilling and scary feel, and depicts how some spirits can remain restless. A Vampire's Lament speaks about how monotonous and mundane it can be trying to sustain a sense of life, even in an not-so-dead state.

  • Post-Mortem Poetry (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Glenn Hascall

    Post-Mortem Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Glenn Hascall
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    Who but Mark Twain could express humor about the obituaries? In the end, however, we come face to face with an editorial bent Twain discovered (or slightly embellished) in postmortem poetry. An odd bit of honor, humor, and an example of what not to share in an obituary from one of the greatest American writers. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.

  • Music for a New Depression (






UNABRIDGED) by Elihu Blotnick Narrated by Elihu Blotnick

    Music for a New Depression

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    Written on a mountain top in New Mexico, the poems are arrows to the heart of Washington, meant to light the sky as they travel there, by taking to task the national political scene and the current politics of language. Elihu looks down from the clouds at the herd rushing toward a cliff, to lyricize the thunder. His warnings strike like lightning and reflect the popular contempt for politics.

  • Coleccion Cesar Vallejo: Veinte Poemas (Spanish Edition) (






UNABRIDGED) by Cesar Vallejo Narrated by RUMI Productions LLC

    Coleccion Cesar Vallejo: Veinte Poemas (Spanish Edition)

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    • By Cesar Vallejo
    • Narrated By RUMI Productions LLC
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    El escritor estadounidense Thomas Merton llamó a Cesar Vallejo, “el más grande poeta universal, desde Dante”; el poeta inglés Martin Seymour-Smith, una autoridad de la crítica literaria lo llamó “el más grande poeta del siglo XX, en cualquier lengua.”

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  • Limitless (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew W. Lankford Narrated by David C. Fischer

    Limitless

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    • By Andrew W. Lankford
    • Narrated By David C. Fischer
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    Even though the power of God is beyond comprehension, far too limitless for my limited mind, it is still fascinating to explore. That's what these words in this collection of poetry and prose are all about. Wherever you are, whatever you may be going through, I hope you will find this collection refreshing and inspiring. We're on this journey together, and even though you may feel you are alone, you are not alone, have never been, will never be.

  • Poems of Assurance, Volume I (






UNABRIDGED) by John A. McKee Narrated by John A. McKee

    Poems of Assurance, Volume I

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    • By John A. McKee
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    These Poems of Assurance were written over the past year and one half out of a deep love for God and a fervent hope that the listeners will find enjoyment and inspiration them. I dedicate this audiobook of poems with love and best wishes to my beloved friends and family in thanks for their prayers, encouragement, and support in my writing efforts over the past number of years.

  • Let's Use Free Speech to Ponder Motivational Speaking: 25 Poems (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Bushard Narrated by Bobby Bryant

    Let's Use Free Speech to Ponder Motivational Speaking: 25 Poems

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    • By Andrew Bushard
    • Narrated By Bobby Bryant
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    We can consider motivational speaking one of the best things ever, yet we ought to be thoughtful about it. Thus this work critiques and also praises motivational speaking, so you can best separate the wheat from the chaff to get what you want in life.

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