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".
William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, and Dylan Thomas are just a few names among Lithgow's comprehensive list of poetry masters. Family members can take turns listening to these poems and enjoy how each comes to life through the spoken word in this engaging poetry collection.
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Relevant, Insightful and well delivered
Listening to Gertrude Stein perform her poem in homage to Picasso at the urging of John Lithgow.
No. What I loved about what Mr. Lithgow did was to present background information about the poet, things to listen for in the poem and then an analysis after it was performed. Many of the poems are familiar to me and it was really interesting to hear a different perspective on the poems meanings.
Many of the performances were quite moving.
This would be a really good audio book to listen to with family and friends and to allow everyone to share their insights along with what is shared in the narration.
John Lithgow reads well and selected some interesting poems - but the overall work is too much about him and his opinions. I found it hard to even listen to the poems because of his editorializing introductions. The name and date and name and dates of the author would have been sufficient, and then he could have grouped his comments into separate sections that people could have listened to without having them overshadow the poems.
The selection of poems was good.
His narration was fine, but his lengthy commentary was intrusive.
Lithgow reads well and offered a good selection.
There are so few recorded collections of poetry available on the market that it was frustrating to hear one that could have been good marred by being turned into verbal lit crit.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
An eclectic collection of poets make up this book. I enjoyed the guest readers who did a great job of giving life to the readings. Lithgow's love for poetry comes through as he gives his personal history of reading poetry and then proceeds to give a brief review of each poet. It is certainly a collection I will listen to from time to time.
Yes. John Lithgow selected and talks to us about a wide and lovely array of English Language Poems. Each poem is read by an actor. Some are silly, others heartbreaking, some angry, a few ecstatic and many longing. If you want to get involved with poetry or reintroduce yourself and/or another adult or older child this is an excellent vehicle to get you started. Recommend getting both this audiobook and the Kindle or printed version to read along.
Each poem is read by a different actor. In each section Lithgow ties in his own experiences with that particular poem in addition to giving a a short but well researched discussion concerning the poet and his/her poetry.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.
Lithgow does a great job with this. You can hear the excitement he has for poetry in his narrative. Was a great cross-section of poets, and great selections. Those who read the poems did so with the energy intended. Bravo!
I love the reading of Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat" and ``The Jumblies"
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The narrators read the poems with all the energy, emphasis and spirit intended.
Poetry is so much more interesting to listen to than to read, unless one is in love with the sound of one's own voice, that this must be a purely rhetorical question.
John Lithgow's grandmother. And the Jumblies. After all, they went to sea in a sieve, they did!
Lithgow doing the bulk of the reading makes this less of a book than a long conversation with the author. As to the guests, they could not have been more perfectly suited. Billy Connolly stood out as particularly exceptional reading "To a Mouse" and "The Owl and the Pussycat." In the first case, the only other potential reader that comes to mind seems a bit too serious for a poem about a "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie." In the second, Connolly's humor is perfectly suited to the task.
Third Poet from the Sun
My daughter was like " Dad, no please don't a book grrr" BUt after I played it for a while she started listening. Next thing I know a week later she wanted to listen to it from the start. Now we have listen to it 4 time though. I enjoyed it from the start with its small history lessons on each poet. Simply a wonderful book.
It would depend on the friend and the purpose of the recommendation.
Mr. Lithgow's personal antecdotes of his parents' love of poetry and how it shaped him.
Gertrude Stein's Portait of Picasso.
Yes, but just couldn't.
This book was not exactly what I had in mind but it is informative and inspiring so I will keep it for further study. It took two road trips to get it done. I had hoped to simply have poetry read to me but it turned out to be more of an anthology, reading like a college lecture, or an introduction to Mr. Lithgow's 51 favorite poets ,consisting of a short biography of each, one sample poem of each, followed by a brief analysis of each and sometimes mixed in with a few personal and poignant anecdotes. Some are read by Mr. Lithgow but most are read by his guest actors.
Loved this collection. Beautifully arranged and thoughtfully presented. A sweet selection, worthwhile in every way. Not too much introduction but enough for interest.
I'll return again and again.
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