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Under Milk Wood (Dramatised) | [Dylan Thomas]

Under Milk Wood (Dramatised)

A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the narrator. To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black.... When Richard Burton breathed the opening words of 'Under Milk Wood' into a microphone, broadcasting history was made.
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A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the narrator. To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black....

When Richard Burton breathed the opening words of Under Milk Wood into a microphone, broadcasting history was made. For this ‘play for voices’ conjures up the intimate dreams and waking lives of the inhabitants of a Welsh seaside village in a remarkable way. It is bawdy and beautiful; its colourful characters lust and love, gossip and fantasise. Through the magic of language, 'Under Milk Wood' creates a rich modern pastoral which, once heard, touches the listener with its poetry and haunts the imagination for ever. This radio drama is the completed version broadcast in 1963, which includes several passages that were omitted from the first recording in 1954.

©2001 BBC Worldwide (P)2001 BBC Worldwide

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    w Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-11-10
    w Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-11-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Thrilling voice, classic 20th-century poetry/prose"

    I was thrilled to find Under Milkwood; I've loved its sly ribald barbs, and to hear Richard Burton's declamation and Welsh accent was a treat. This production with its multiple actors is also easier to follow than Dylan Thomas's own solo performance.

    Like so many celebrities today, Thomas died in his late 30's, from the combination of alcohol and narcotics from a Dr. Feelgood who neglected Thomas's pneumonia during a New York performance tour of Under Milkwood.
    Thomas's radio-play is a poetic masterpiece from the mid-20th century, literally meant to be spoken aloud, and now to be 're-wound' to enjoy the wordplay.
    It is a stream-of-consciousness eavesdropping on the dreams, secrets and gossip of a night and day in a entire Welsh village, petty vices and great passions peeking through their conservative veneer. And who among us on such a night has not been stirred by spring 'like a spoon', or dreamt of their lover, 'whacking-thighed and piping hot'.
    'And Lily Smalls is up to Nogood Boyo in the wash-house.'
    'And Cherry Owen, sober as Sunday as he is every day of the week, goes off happy as Saturday to get drunk as a deacon as he does every night. 'I always say she's got two husbands,' Cherry Owen says, 'one drunk and one sober. And Mrs Cherry simply says, 'And aren't I a lucky woman? Because I love them both.''

    Over lunch, the schoolmaster researches how to poison his wife, pretending to the read 'Lives of the Great Saints'. His intended victim sniffs, "I saw you talking to a saint this morning. Saint Polly Garter. She was martyred again last night. Mrs Organ Morgan saw her with Mr Waldo."
    "But it is not his name that Polly Garter whispers as she lies under the oak and loves him back. Six feet deep that name sings in the cold earth."

    Dated, yes, but an often overlooked classic, read by one of the greatest British poetic actors, with today's technology: a treat indeed. For less than $10, one of these characters will make you laugh or cry.
    Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-07-13
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Very Good Indeed!"

    It is difficult for me to think of a better version of this wonderful piece of verse (A Play for Voices). It begins at the beginning, with Dylan Thomas' fantastic ear and his fisheye for detail; and then continues on with the soothingly lyrical tones of Richard Burton, as only he can sound. It concludes with a whimsical quip, leaving the listener ever longing for just one more verse of all those lovely voices.
    I first listened to this as a young boy on long drives to the beach, marvelling at the words and the voices that match so perfectly. It still conjures up for me those times and brings a smile or a frown, as if on cue. It is a little piece of heaven to be treasured. I would give it a perfect score, but alas, the technology cannot impose what the original had not; and perhaps, that's the way it should be. I can almost here Van Morrison, that more recent Gaelic poet, crooning just that!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Western, WA 09-15-12
    Betty Western, WA 09-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A winter night!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is from a BBC radio presentation. Ah! Dylan Thomas writes about a frosty snow covered night in a Welsh village as its inhabitants settle in for sleep. Richard Burton is wonderful along with the rest of the cast. A treat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Frank
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    10/24/10
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    "Unbeatable"

    Laughing at Nicola's 'review' above - betraying her ignorance and then giving one of the greatest works of 20th century verse a one star review because it turned out to be... who would have thought it... poetry.

    I listen to snippets of this probably every day. The beginning, in Burton's extraordinary Welsh tones, get me every time - 'it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black'. Funny, sad, and beautifully read and acted throughout. Sensational.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Rene Coutts
    10/16/10
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    "Under Milk Wood"

    Once heard never forgotten..it can't be bettered it haunts your memory and evokes a long-departed era that our modern times have left far behind us...Burton never was better than this..how I miss his voice..BBC at its very best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steph B
    in a caravan somewhere
    12/1/13
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    "Hasn't aged a bit!"

    Under Milk Wood is deservedly famous as a piece of writing and although I had not heard this audio recording before, I had heard of it. Richard Burton's narration is wonderfully atmospheric throughout and I love the way the character voices are integrated into the whole work, especially where they speak over each other. The children's singing is a great touch. From the initial idea of a quaint Welsh village, Under Milk Wood gets darker and more poignant and I think this vintage BBC radio programme is probably the definitive recording. Audio doesn't get much better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Huw
    BLACKWOOD, United Kingdom
    11/26/13
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    "One of the greatest radio plays of all time!"
    What did you like most about Under Milk Wood (Dramatised)?

    Quite simply to hear the majestic tones of Richard Burton's voice. Uttering the words of one of the all time greatest writers is pure magic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Burton's narration is incredible. Whenever I read Under Milk Wood or see it live on stage. I cannot help but hear Richard Burtons voice.


    What about Richard Burton’s performance did you like?

    Pure magic!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to this with your eyes closed and allow Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton to transport you to Welsh dreamland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "excellent welsh story"

    as a kid this was one of the first stories that I remember being read to me, when I was older I managed to get it on tape, and I kept playing it as the characters intrigued me so much could not get enough of it not matter how often I listened to it, but over the year the tape wore out and I forgot everything about it until I joined Amazon and started using Kindle then I joined Audible what a great area to have books that you can listen to, guess what the first thing I bought was Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas I could not believe it when I downloaded and started to listen to it especially as it was narrated by Richard Burton with that strong voice and the lilt of the Welsh you felt you were in the place and watching and listening to the characters and you felt that you could actually see the place the way it was described even though no place exists, It is a lovely tale well read and told, i feel that all you listen to this and forget the world as it is and enjoy the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richard
    telford, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "great"

    if you ever want to drift away and let your imagination run away listen to the one and old Richard Burton

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Sainte Colombe Sur Loing, France
    12/23/12
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    "Just Splendid"

    I first encountered "Under Milk Wood" when I was at school, many years ago. We went to the Belgrade Theatre, in Coventry, to see their production and it was simply splendid. When I came across this BBC production, with Richard Burton, as the narrator, I thought I would give it a go. WISE MOVE.

    This production is simply BRILLIANT, with the characters all superbly portrayed, and the Narration by Richard Burton, providing the icing on the cake. Llugareb, and its residents are brought to life, in a way that only Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton could provide. An excellent audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leena
    London, United Kingdom
    12/5/11
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    "Not a patch on the 1954 version"

    I was very disappointed with this 'improved and extended version' as I've always loved the original broadcast. The voices and sounds of that broadcast are so deeply embedded in my memory that nothing else will do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachele
    Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    11/26/10
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    "A treasure"

    'Under Milkwood' is actually why I first decided to get into audiobooks, having heard an old cassette of this as a child. Memory did not disappoint. Richard Burton captivates. Dylan Thomas is wonderful. Try it if for no other reason than to listen to the music of the Welsh voice- 'Orrrgan Morrrgan'. Delicious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    ascot, berks, United Kingdom
    10/17/10
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    "Poetry in Welsh"

    Clearly had no idea what I was in for. The title is a classic so thought would be good to broaden my horizons. I actually didn't enjoy Richard Burtons narration. Lost the will to get to the end of the first chapter. Will give it another go. Ensure you understand this is a book that I would liken to a very long poem.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
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