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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

    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. . ."
    "A Pure Delight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.

    What other book might you compare Good Poems to and why?

    Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.

    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aimless Love: A Selection of Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Billy Collins
    • Narrated By Billy Collins

    From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years. Aimless Love combines new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins’s unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard with every word, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience.

    Amazon Customer says: "In Love with Aimless Love"
    "In Love with Aimless Love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!

    What did you like best about this story?

    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.

    Which character – as performed by Billy Collins – was your favorite?

    I liked the first and last poems in this book the best, but every poem in the book was memorable.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lords of Discipline the most enjoyable?

    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.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lords of Discipline?

    The most memorable moments occur when the full story of betrayal is revealed to Will McClain.

    Which character – as performed by Dan John Miller – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Dante Pignetti, the one completely loyal and guileless member of the class of 1967.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Lords of Discipline and why?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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"
    "Too Much Description"
    What made the experience of listening to The Poets' Corner the most enjoyable?

    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.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.

    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Strong, clear, and dramatic readers.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

    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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