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Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second CD from best-selling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of 37 previously published poems and four as yet uncollected, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry - from her classic nature writing, to her verses for her mischievous bichon Percy, to her ever-deepening spiritual poems. Many Miles will be a most welcome addition to the collections of her fans.

©2010 Mary Oliver (P)2014 Beacon Press

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Thank you for being slow & speaking of beauty.

Would you consider the audio edition of Many Miles to be better than the print version?

"The flowers I want to bring to you, still pale and wet" she says in her own voice, instead of touching finger over lines, and she does, a bouquet of reds and blues, brighter than any sunset. (Yes.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Many Miles?

For me it is the little mice running through her imagery, next to the pine cone she brings to our hands, opening in a happy place, as poems bring us.

What about Mary Oliver’s performance did you like?

I love how with her poetry she proves the delightful point that poetry is relevant, that all of us need poetry, if well written, or if clunky and in our own minds, we still need the poetry. I love how she enters my mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Invitation to Happiness

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The poem about water, so relevant, so important, proving the vitality of mystery.

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Classic Oliver

Never a disappointment, always wonderful to hear her poetry in her own voice. Reading her beautiful reflections in print is one experience but having it read to you is such a treat!

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Took my breath away.

I used to see nature the way Mary Oliver does, and listening to her read her poetry reminded me of what is still there in my seeing that had been displaced by much dryer and analytical philosophies. I’m going to let that love and beauty p take me over again. What a gift!

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The poetry is splendid

So is her reading of it, since her voice finds the sense of it before starting, before sending out the first syllable, as though deer and cloud had once again, once again passed in silence. Passed to look upon you and your issues that melt so quickly, so quickly.
Notice if you care to that the poem titles that appear below as she speaks, have usually mistaken the actual words for some other phonetic closeness. As though the computer had gone mad, and edited her work. No matter. For matter and it’s atoms turn to laugh upon your contenance, before bursting yet again, into tears for the fox along the road.

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Beautiful but presentation needs work

Moving narration. Some poem titles are incorrect; poems run together - not enough time between them.

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Natural

Beautifully read by the poet. A treat for the music alone. Takes outside inside, and vice versa.

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hear hear...

Mary whispers what I "need" to hear... the words help me believe in myself! now, I am alive!

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Beautiful

Lush prose, lovingly written and read by the author; what more can you ask for? My new favorite.

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First Mary Oliver audiobook

Oliver is a favorite. Hearing her is blessing. I do wish there was a longer break between poems.

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the earth blessed.

Mary Oliver gross the sacredness of the mother earth. Her death leaves a hole in the world of poetry . She received the Pulitzer prize for good reason.

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  • 06-14-16

Beautiful poetry - needs space to sink in

I love Mary Oliver & her beautiful poetry. It's great to hear her reading them herself. There is so much to relish in this collection.

However, there is not enough space at the end of each poem. It's hard to tell sometimes where one poem ends & the next begins - the pauses within the poem are sometimes longer than the pauses between. This is a formatting issue that Audible people should sort out. Even switching to the Sleep mode that pauses play at the end of each. Chapter doesn't help - despite each poem being a separate chapter. In some cases, the title of the next poem is cut in half, one word being at the end of the last poem and the rest at the start of the next poem. These slap-dash production values do not match the superb quality of the poetry and the reading. I've heard Mary Oliver perform her work live and she paces things beautifully. Please please poetry audiobook people, pay attention to the silence at the end of a poem so that we can pause and be astonished!

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  • Jiminy piminy
  • 01-27-16

Lovely, but...

The poems are exquisite, and who better to read than the author BUT each poem follows so quickly on the one before that the listening experience is uncomfortable

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  • Nana
  • 08-05-19

Beautiful poems by Oliver

Wonderful work by Mary Oliver, and wonderful to hear her perform them. The only small remark to say is that in their recording the poems have merged together as not a long enough pause had been left between the end of one and the beginning of another, and this somehow takes away from the beauty of her craft.

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  • Christine lee
  • 09-30-14

Mary Oliver reading Mary Oliver

What did you like most about Many Miles?

The significance of hearing the author read her own gorgeous life enhancing poetry isnot to be taken lightly

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  • Andrew
  • 03-05-19

Just superb!

I love it!! I have listened to this over and over and over and will continue to do so!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

Delightfully Mary

Marys distinctive voice enriches her delicious, delicate, damn good reflections on Black Water Pond. Thank you Mary resting out there in the world.

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  • ilsa Dingwall
  • 09-02-19

Listening to Mary Oliver

Love love love it! Oliver's words are magic. she speaks of beauty and of truth.