I'd just like to note that there is no real story: this compilation takes us through the seven ages of man as defined in a famous speech in Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It". The recording includes many old favourites of mine, but has also introduced me to others that have instantly appealed. Some are beautiful and/or thought-provoking; others are just downright hilarious (e.g. Ogden Nash's "Peekaboo"). Most of the readers are excellent; there are only two or three tracks where I found the recitation irritating. I want particularly to mention Michael Caine, not usually known for his poetry readings: here he reads the classic "If" (Kipling) with complete conviction and seriousness and then goes on to give us the cheeky "The b---in' Sparrer". Superb, too, are Ioann Gruffudd's readings of Welsh poetry. My only beef if that, while each narrator gives the name of the poem and its author before each reading, there is no written list available to the purchaser of the recording, nor any indication of who is reading what. You can try to enlarge the cover photograph, but several people read more than one poem and not all the voices are easily identifiable. Maybe a lot of people don't care about that, but I enjoy knowing who each narrator is. Anyway, highly recommended: I'll be listening to this more than once.
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