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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Best Male Narrator, 2016

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

Included in this collection are:

  • "How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
  • "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot
  • "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
  • "Bright Star" by John Keats
  • "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
  • "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
  • "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
  • "Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Performer

Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as "Thorin Oakenshield" in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • vc
  • 02-09-15

Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a wonderful recording by Richard Armitage of a lovely selection of classic love poems... his delivery moves one's heart, mind and soul!

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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You'll want to hear Richard Armitage reading these

This is such a treat! Richard Armitage's liquid baritone hits all the right notes. You'll find yourself listening to the poems repeatedly, anticipating that slight inflection or pause that makes all the difference. I loved the Emerson poem best, but they are all a gift. Thank you Audible, and thank you Richard Armitage!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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A beautiful gift

Thanks to Audible for this lovely free gift! 💕 It makes Valentines Day all the sweeter. Richard’s performance is, as always, impassioned and eloquent.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Just Abi
  • Westminster, CO United States
  • 02-15-15

Perfect Voice

Richard Armitage reads love poems with a voice like a goblet of Merlot poured from a thick glass decanter waiting next to crimson rose petals scattered across a chenille duvet over down and crisp linen laid out smooth on the feather bed with the maroon velvet bed curtains held back with but the loosest of ties.

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SUBLIME.

Delightful and ethereal. Well done! Richard Armitage has been wonderful, almost divine and definitely perfect. All my respect. xx

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Perfection!

This is a lovely collection of some of my favorite poems. Richard Armitage's recitation is rich and heartfelt. So, so beautiful!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Lovely.

A short Valentine's treat.
I have listened to Richard Armitage read Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, also. He is a marvelous narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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BRILLIANT

Beautiful, lovely, feeling good voice of the amazing Richard Armitage. Love him to bits and pieces. Wonderful poems performed by the amazing Richard Armitage.

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Love RA

Very beautiful voice, so emotional and so touching, I listened to it before sleep which made my night sweet and fantastic

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Amazing!

Some of the poems brought me to tears! Beautiful poems narrated by a powerfull and beautiful voice as well!j

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • bookylady
  • 02-10-15

Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Classic Love Poems the most enjoyable?

The selection of poems was fantastic and just right for the run-up to Valentines Day. There were poems that I had never heard plus some old, dear favourites. The subject matter made me stop working and really listen to the words. It was, therefore, very relaxing and uplifting. A real oasis of calm in the middle of a busy day.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

His voice is mesmerising, like melted chocolate or a glass of really good red wine. It allows me to drift off into another world, stress-free and calm, deeply satisfying. His diction is wonderful and the timbre is deep and sympathetic, romantic and full of expression.It is balm for the soul.He could read a shopping list and it would sound wonderful!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get ready to be romanced.

Any additional comments?

More of this narrator please!

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  • MaMaMason
  • 01-03-17

Exquisite narration

Richard Armitage is a perfect choice for reading romantic poetry - his rendition is superb!

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  • LEA
  • 09-17-16

Only 22 minutes

Richard Armitage's voice is quite lovely and he is extremely eloquent. However I don't like the bible being quoted in here, I have come to realise that is not love and that quote is more of a threat than a love poem! It's also only 22 minutes long. 🤔

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  • Arabella
  • 05-18-16

Richard Armitage + Classic Love Poems = wonderful

This wonderful collection of Classic Love Poems is the best treatment one could bestow on one's ears. A perfect choice of poems and the sweet voice of Richard Armitage make this collection a must-have for everyone who loves poetry.
There is only one wish I have: I want more!

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  • anne hunt
  • 03-31-16

a little piece of heaven!

I listen to this whenever I am feeling sad or lonely. The beautiful sentiments are expressed with such warmth and sincerity by the soothing, expressive voice of Mr. Armitage. Pure heaven! Wish it was longer.

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  • Edyta
  • 03-16-16

Delightful listening

As always, Richard Armitage puts his heart and soul into the narration. I absolutely adore him.

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  • Mariel
  • 02-10-16

A must-listen to all!

If you could sum up Classic Love Poems in three words, what would they be?

Exquisite. Delightful. Superb. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe these set of classic poems.

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've always loved Richard Armitage's voice, thinking back on the excerpt of North & South, which I heard him narrate. I haven't listened to any of his previous narrations, but I'm thinking about buying the whole lot now. He could be reading an instruction manual in any language and I'd still keenly listen to it.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant collection of poems. Hope more comes with Mr Armitage reading them.

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  • Emma Ashley
  • 01-15-16

Beautiful performance and very soothing

This is such a wonderful collection of love poems, including many of my favourites. The way Richard reads them brings all the words and emotions to life and is peaceful/soothing to listen to on a stressful day.

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  • ej
  • 12-26-15

Beautiful

Beautiful selection of poems read in such a way as to capture your heart. Thank you!

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  • Ruth646
  • 04-27-15

Richard Armitage is the voice of Romance.

Such a great actor, great material- a fantastic selection of classic poems read in style.

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  • Kate
  • 05-17-15

Relaxing Romance

A simple indulgence in beautiful words and beautiful voices, best listened to whilst luxuriating in a scented bath with a good glass of wine.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-14-15

Absolutely Beautiful

Loved every moment of it! All the beautifully written poems, the calming voice. I hadn't heard many of those poems before and I feel a little refreshed after hearing those. They were spoken beautifully by Richard Armitage and I recommend this audiobook to absolutely everyone.

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  • Laurie
  • 02-13-15

Classic Love Poems and Richard Armitage

Richard provides an amazing rendition of all these poems and I enjoy listening to them on repeat. Thank you Audible for teaming up with Richard to bring this series about.

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  • Fiona
  • 02-13-15

Very moved

Listening to Richard Armitage narrate these poems really moved me, and it was all the more better when he read my two favourite poems 'I carry your heart' and 'she walks in beauty' I'm really glad I got this now and will listen to it many times again :)

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  • shruthi
  • 02-20-15

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The first half of the year and the other hand is the only thing that would have yto to be the best of the year and the

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