• Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of Thomas Hardy

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Richard Burton
  • Length: 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Richard Burton, the multi-award winning actor, reads the finest work of Thomas Hardy.
©2008 Saland Publishing (P)2008 Saland Publishing

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Excellent!

If you could sum up Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of Thomas Hardy in three words, what would they be?

Totally awesome performance

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Outstanding reading of some excellent poems. I will listen to this many more times.

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Beautiful Reading

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

Yes I would recommend this audiobook for both the poetry and the fabulous reading of Richard Burton.

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I would always like a listing of the poetry or at least a clear naming of the poem so I can attempt to locate a physical copy. I am definitely a novice and like the poem in hand for a slow and careful reading. I also like to try my own reading aloud. It seems every audible product should be accompanied by an accurate listing of the material. I would not paying slightly more, but would like more than a quick tune on a radio or flash on a television.

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Hardy and Burton both deserve better than this

Audible has done a disservice to both Hardy and Burton. Neither man lived to see the digital age, and these recordings no doubt were originally released on vinyl. The titles of the poems are not listed, nor does Burton recite the title at the beginning of each poem. Furthermore, there is minimal pause between poems, making it difficult to determine when one poem ends and the next one begins. I found myself concentrating so much on locating the brief pause that signals the end of the poem that I regularly lost the poem’s train of thought. Hardy’s Collected poems runs to over 800 pages, making it difficult to locate the text of any particular poem. (I have read the entire Collected Poems, but how many readers out there even have a copy?) It’s as if these poems are presented more as elevator music rather than as the masterpieces they are. Indeed, Burton’s delivery is, as one would expect, entirely informed, elegant, clear, and profound. He understands the poems and gives them their proper due in his inimitable style. This should be a treasure but it comes across confusingly.

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definitive reader of poetry!!!

uncomparable voice, magical, every single syllable. ,lf someone thinks they don't like poetry find the Richard Burton version if possible then ask them again.

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  • Simon Jude
  • 01-02-20

Applause, plus Names of Poems

What a wonderful, clever voice. Burton was a genius. There are no titles in the product, just chapter numbers. These are the poems included, by chapter number.

1. Wessex Heights
2. Let Me Enjoy
3. In the Servants’ Quarters
4. At Casterbridge Fair: The Ballad Singer
5. In Tenebris I
6. The Phantom Horsewoman
7. Beyond The Last Lamp
8. Timing Her
9. Shut Out That Moon
10. The Sunshade
11. The Voice
12. Channel Firing
13. The Souls of the Slain
14. Great Things
15. I Found Her Out There
16. Reminiscences of a Dancing Man
17. Satires of Circumstance VIII: In The Study
18. She Charged Me
19. After A Journey
20. Weathers
21. Old Furniture
22. Afterwards

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  • Tom
  • 07-17-09

An absolute gem

I dont think I have ever heard anyone read poetry like Richard Burton. His sense of rhythm and cadence are simply uncanny, as is his understanding of the poem; and then there is the voice - listening to him read Hardy's poetry and you begin to understand why everyone used to rave about him. Brilliant stuff.

I used to have this reading on a cassette but lost it - to my great dismay - so I was delighted to see it available on Audible.

If you like poetry, then you will love this unique reading - an excellent selection too. Strongly recommended.

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  • Brian, Scotland
  • 10-27-15

masters of their art

Outstanding in every respect. A perfect combination of poet and performer which I will treasure.

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  • Lynn
  • 05-18-22

Wonderful poetry read by the master

What a gem great poems read by the beautiful voice of Richard Burton. Only a pity that it was so short

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  • Nancy Bowring
  • 05-18-22

Beautiful poetry enhanced by brilliant narration

Grateful thanks to reviewer Simon Jude for supplying the titles to these poems. Being able to read the words while listening is a great help to understanding and appreciating the poetry. Richard Burton's rendition is sublime.

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  • Mrs. Ann M. Mcmahon
  • 01-26-22

Exquisite!

Ten stars would not do justice to this absolute gem of a performance of the poems of a man who always thought himself more of a poet than a novelist - and, although his novels are also great, he was right!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-20

Burton reads Hardy

The voice of Richard Burton is matched superbly to this selection of Hardy's verse. Excellent.

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