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Jean

Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States

I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    This is a series of class lecture by Professor Karen Karblener for the Modern Scholar. This series is on Walt Whitman 1819 to 1892. According to Karblener Whitman was beginning of American poetry and is often called the “father of free verse”. The teacher goes through Whitman’s life and his poetry. She brings up controversy regarding his sexual orientation, his politics as a liberal democrat, being banned in Boston, and his opposition to slavery. She says Whitman was educated only to elementary school but was a printer and a reader. She states he was not considered successful in his lifetime but his poetry became sought after in the 20th century. She reads from some of his poems and discusses them such as “Leaves of Grass”. Overall it is a good introduction to Whitman. I remember little of what we discussed about Whitman in high school so this audio book allowed me to have a good understanding of Whitman and his place in American poetry.

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    The Modern Scholar: Walt Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Karen Karbiener
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    In this course we'll explore how Walt Whitman broke with the tyranny of European literary forms to establish a broad, new voice for American poetry. By throwing aside the stolid conventions and clichéd meters of old Europe, Walt Whitman produced a vital, compelling form of verse, one expressive of the nature of his new world and its undiscovered countries, both physical and spiritual, intimate and gloriously public.

    Jean says: "An excellent class"
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  • The Iliad

    "An Excellent Iliad"

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    Listening to Charlton Griffin's reading of Richmond Lattimore's translation of The Iliad was a wonderful experience.

    Griffin is good at modifying the pitch and tone of his voice to evoke the different genders and ages and moods and agendas of the various characters. He brings the epic to life. He even makes fascinating the 90-minute introduction by scholar Herbert J. Muller. And the sound effects (ravens cawing over a battlefield) and Greek mood music introducing and concluding the 24 books of the epic immersed me in its world.

    As for Homer's story, an epic focused on a short slice of a long war, a tragedy with plenty of humor, it is rewardingly rich, depicting the appalling heroism and horror of war, the full range of human nature (from bravery to cowardice, brutality to mercy, destruction to creation, and hatred to love), the richness of ancient Greek culture, the pettiness and power of the gods, and the mortality and wonder of life. Among the most impressive moments are Hector's meeting with his wife and baby before going out to fight, Hephaestus' crafting of a shield with the heavens and earth and all of human endeavor animated upon it, and Achilles' inability to embrace the ghost of Patroclus in a dream. I hope the following quotation will give an idea of the excellence of Lattimore's translation and the depth of Homer's vision:

    As is the generation of leaves, so is that of humanity,
    The wind scatters the leaves on the ground, but the live timber
    burgeons with leaves again in the season of spring returning.
    So one generation of men will grow while another dies.

    In conclusion, I thoroughly savored this audio version of The Iliad, often smiling with appreciation for Homer's story, Lattimore's translation, and Griffin's reading. I highly recommend it.

  • The Aeneid

    "An Excellent Audio Epic!"

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    "Of arms I sing and the hero, destiny's exile," begins Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, which I just finished enjoying in the Audio Connoisseur version. Though I am no expert, the 1961 verse translation, by Patric Dickinson, feels natural, clear, and pleasurable. The forty-something-minute introduction is illuminating about the strong points as well as the limitations of Virgil's epic. The Aeneid is not The Iliad (but then what is?), for Virgil has almost no sense of humor and too great a belief in Augustan Rome as the acme of world empires. But he also has a rich, noble, and dramatic imagination.

    And Charlton Griffin does as wonderful job here as he does reading The Iliad, varying his pitch and pace to evoke the different emotions and moods of Virgil's many characters and scenes, bringing the poem to life with conviction. Among the highlights are Aeneas recounting the fall of and escape from Troy, Dido despairing, Aeneas finding the ghost of an assassinated Trojan in a mound pierced by spears that have grown into myrtle shoots, Aeneas visiting the underworld, the Trojans trapping the Latin hero Turnus inside their fortifications only to discover they have bitten off more than they can chew, baby Camilla's father tying her to a spear and throwing it over a river, and Turnus asking a last boon of Aeneas. Such scenes are beautiful, terrible, exciting, moving, fantastic, and heroic.

    The production is fine, with good sound quality and ancient Mediterranean-type music introducing and concluding the books. But if you wish to hear the story freshly, you should fast forward past the suspense-killing and superfluous five-minute summaries that introduce each book.

    I recommend this audio book because it is an influential and good story well read that reveals a lot about how ancient Rome saw itself and its origins and about the weakness and heroism in human nature.

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  • "Poetical"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odyssey to be better than the print version?

    it is better then any of the translations i have tried to read. One thing Robert Fagles got right is that he made it sound poetical. The Odyssey was written as poetry, and so this sounded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was easy to listen to and follow the story.


    Any additional comments?

    i will be looking for more of Fagles translations of the classics

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    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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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"

What's Trending in Poetry:

  • 4.8 (16 ratings)

    What Teachers Make

    • NONE (2 mins)
    • 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"
  • 4.8 (10 ratings)

    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."
  • 4.9 (10 ratings)

    Hughes Views of the Blues: Langston Hughes' Simple Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Nap Turner
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    Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.

    stella says: "I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
  • 4.3 (539 ratings)

    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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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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  • 4.3 (232 ratings)

    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!"
  • 4.6 (171 ratings)

    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 (148 ratings)

    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"
  • 4.4 (142 ratings)

    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"
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  • 4.3 (103 ratings)

    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!"
  • 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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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

    whynot? says: "Almost Divine"
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  • The Great Poets: John Keats

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By John Keats
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Michael Sheen
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    John Keats was largely unappreciated during his lifetime and died in Rome at the age of 26. Most of his 150 poems were written in just nine extraordinary months in 1819. This selection contains some of his finest works, including the principal "Odes", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci", "Old Meg", and "Much Have I Travelled".

    C. Cobb says: "Here is the list of poems in this collection"
  • 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!!"
  • 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 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 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"
  • The Waste Land & Four Quartets

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By T.S. Eliot
    • Narrated By Paul Scofield
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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 Ecstatic Soul: Jelaluddin Rumi: His Life and Poetry

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Coleman Barks
    • Narrated By Michael Toms
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    How does a body of poetry written in a remote part of the world find its way to best seller lists in the U.S. over 700 years later? What is the compelling quality inherent in great literature that resonates throughout the ages? Coleman Barks, poet and translator of Jelalludin Rumi's poetry, explores the genius, mystery and rapture of Rumi's work; why he has become the most-read poet in America, and what his poetry has in common with the immortal writings of Dickinson, Emerson and Thoreau.

  • The Language of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shihab Nye, Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Sekou Sundiata, Naomi Shihab Nye
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    In a series of fascinating conversations with eighteen American poets, and in dozens of poems, The Language of Life celebrates language in its "most exalted, wrenching, delighted, and concentrated form," and its unique power to recreate the human experience: falling in love, facing death, leaving home, losing faith, finding God.

    Deanna O'Shaughnessy says: "Life-changing"
  • Wikipedia, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Facebook Reflections: 25 Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Andrew Bushard
    • Narrated By Darby Croasdale
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    Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia reign as today's top websites. Have we reflected enough on them? This work offers poetic reflections about the Internet and fame by exploring these five websites.

  • Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Mary Jade Monroe
    • Narrated By Melissa Leventhal
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    Mermaid is a collection of poems inspired by the sea. Written with admiration for the aqua life, the classic book flows with a rippling cadence, imbued with the lore and romance invoked by the sea.

  • A Life In Rhyme: Life's Observations: Rhyming Verse and Story Poems, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    A Life In Rhyme - Life's Observations is the fourth book in a collection of rhyming story poems I've written over a period of years. None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles. Book 4 introduces you to story poems I've written about events in my life and random observations, together with some of the rhyming verse included in the other books I've written.

  • A Life In Rhyme - People Poems: Rhyming Verse and Story Poems, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles. Book 3 introduces you to friends and acquaintances and the story poems I've written for them for special events in their lives. I've changed the names of all the recipients, but not the actual poems I wrote for them.

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  • A Life In Rhyme - My Family: Rhyming Verse and Story Rhymes

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    A Life In Rhyme - My Family is the second book in a collection of rhyming story poems I've written over a period of years. None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles.

  • Il banchiere anarchico

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Fernando Pessoa
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
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    Fernando Pessoa (Lisbona, 1888-1935), è stato un poeta portoghese, definito, accanto a neruda, il poeta più rappresentativo del XX secolo. Personalità complessa e poliedrica, scrisse anche come giornalista e romanziere. Questo racconto , in particolare, è uno dei suoi più famosi, in cui la logica stringente porta a giustificare l’assurdo, e lascia il lettore incuriosito, divertito, affascinato.Cormice musicale: musica portoghese.

  • Poems of Robert Frost

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    • By Robert Frost
    • Narrated By Sara Morsey
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    Ten poems by the American Poet Laureate and four time Pulitzer prize winner, Robert Frost (1874-1963) These simple yet profound poems are gracefully read by professional actor and narrator Sara Morsey.

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