This book is a pure delight. I expected to hear Garrison Keillor narrate all of the poems, and while his soothing voice began the book with Psalm 23, followed by Raymond Carver's "At Least," and John Berryman's "Address to the Lord," he was not the only narrator. I was surprised to hear the voice of Billy Collins reading his poem, "Nightclub," and a number of other poets and narrators reading their own or other poets' works. I also own a hard copy of this great anthology which is what prompted me to buy the audio version. At night, I put in my earbuds and listen to this book in bed as I fall asleep.
Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.
I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.
I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."
Hearing poetry read is a deeply contemplative experience, preferable to simply reading it in print. I hope that audible will add more books of poetry to the catalog.
I own this book in hard cover, but a visual reading cannot compare with hearing it read by Billy Collins himself. Beginning with the first poem, "The Country" (my favorite humorous poem in the book) and ending with "The Names" written (for the victims of September 11th and their survivors) this book of poetry illustrates the wide scope of Billy Collins poetic gift. It is profound, witty, ironic, and memorable. Buy this book!
Hearing Billy Collins read his own work, because his emphasis and inflections added insight into his meaning and I felt as if he were in the room with me, saying "Reader" Looker, gazer, skimmer, skipper, thumb-licking page turner.." to me alone.
I liked the first and last poems in this book the best, but every poem in the book was memorable.
I enjoy listening to a few poems at a time, letting them settle, and rereading. This is a book I will return to again and again.
I would like Audible to produce more books of Billy Collin's poetry and perhaps his anthologies of collected poems from other poets, such as 180.
The narration was simply superb! I had previously read this book, but there is something about hearing a "Southern" book read in southern dialogue that makes the story come to life.
The most memorable moments occur when the full story of betrayal is revealed to Will McClain.
My favorite character was Dante Pignetti, the one completely loyal and guileless member of the class of 1967.
The most memorable character was Will McClain. Pat Conroy is a master of character development, and Will is the main character, a young man coming of age.
This is not only a coming of age story but a novel dealing with systemic evil, illustrating the corruption that absolute power brings with it, and the class structure of the Old South as Will McClain learned it in Charleston. In addition, Pat Conroy's prose is poetic and sensual. I fell into this book.
I like John Lithgow, and his prologue describing his early years of discovering poetry through the orange covered Childcraft books resonated with me, since this was also my experience.
I like to listen to poetry, not have it's meaning explained to me. I would suggest that John Lithgow do his next "Poetry Corner" as an anthology similar to Garrison' Keillor's "Good Poems" and just share his favorite poems with us.
Strong, clear, and dramatic readers.
I felt disappointed, because my expectation was for a book of John Lithgow and others reading poetry, not having Lithgow explaining the history and life of the poets in each section. For every two poems there was extensive explanation.of the poets and their poems. I felt like I was at a poetry lecture.
Anyone who would like to know the background and history of the poets presented will find this book to be impressive and well researched. Anyone who simply wants to listen to poetry will have to put up with a lot of excess verbiage.
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