Included are "The Love Son of J. Alfred Prufrock", "The Hollow Men", "Preludes", and "Portrait of a Lady".
©2007 Geoffrey T. Williams; (P)2007 Geoffrey T. Williams
T.S. Eliots words are exsquisit as always. I've read them many times.
I was very disappointed in this audio version, however. The background music is LOUD and overpowering. At times I could not make out the words AT ALL for the overpowering background music. In addition, there are times when the narrator uses a really annoying, unnecessary hallow echo effect as if speaking into a metal tube. It is distracting, strange and not needed. Really. Just Elliot's words are enough. Just read his words, please. No cheesy, silly, over powering music or special effects are necessary.
Whoever thought playing loud, discordant music that drowns out the sound of the reading of TS Eliot's "Hollow Men" was a good idea is an IDIOT. The poetry, of course, is the reason you download this - and you can't even HEAR it over the discordant cacophony of "music." And - uh - poetry has its own meter, so overlaying other soundtracks over it makes it pretty difficult to absorb the original work. I exercised Audible's refund option.
1 hour and 2 minutes containing 4 poems interspersed with too-long intervals of really boring music and ending with an unbroken, 30 minute section, of elevator music.
Aaah. I've never written a review but this is a necessary community service. The poor voices are as nothing when compared with the spooky weird music that they struggle against and finnally lose to. The last 20 odd minutes is just the the 'music'. Zero stars does not seem to be permitted so the single star is for those who enjoy self abuse.
Words, music, images.
Franz Kafka's Trial
Clarity, emphasis, rhythm.
Yes: "This is the way the world ends..."
I respectfully disagree with some of the other reviewers: 1) this is not elevator music, 2) the music does enhance the words.
The poem selection and the readings are good but the background music that runs throughout is so dominating that it is a constant struggle to make out the words. In the end I gave up and find it deeply frustrating that now I must buy another T S Eliot collection.
"Spoiled by over dominant music"
A good narrator and a more than worthy work for a music accompanied performance. But oh-dear what a disaster with over loud and mostly inappropriate music.
Eliot is an absolute genius. Full of intellect, charm and exquisite vision. Care and empathy, throughout. Very well recommended to listen to!
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