The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 2

Narrated by: Natalie Cole, D.B. Sweeney
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This poetry companion puts favorite poetry and poets from around the world at your fingertips, enabling you to revisit the classics, encounter unfamiliar masterworks and rediscover old favorites.

©2001 by Warner Books, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Time Warner AudioBooks

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Lines of rhymes  Victorian times to modern climes

This volume, the second in a two-part series, covers the period from 1850 to recent times. As in volume 1, the choice of poems is excellent although it is inevitable that most listeners will miss a few of their own favorites that did not make the cut. To counter this, many listeners (myself included) who have not read too much poetry in recent years will be pleasantly surprise when a favorite but vaguely-remembered stanza or turn of phrase pops up unexpectedly. I notice that some other reviewers of volume 1 would have preferred a short introduction to each poem - the problem with this is that, while the introduction is useful the first time you listen, it is an annoyance thereafter. I thus far prefer this audiobook's approach of climbing in immediately, without foreplay. Again, as with volume 1, the various readers were all excellent, although I would have preferred two or three more British readers, to vary the accents a little more (an Irish accent in particular is always a delight). Audio quality (at level 4) is excellent.

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NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND POEMS

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Tracklist of poems

Poems on separate tracks (I'll make my own list)

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I've purchased this before. It used to come as separate tracks. Now, all I know is that SOMEWHERE in an hour and 35 minute audio file is the 1:32 of Robert Frost's

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All's Good but . . .

I misses the opportunity to restart each poem. That along with no table of contents.

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loved

I found this so relaxing and entertaining. I have enjoyed poems ever since I was a child. My vision is poor so being able to listen is a bonus. Technology is awesome.

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Fantastic Collection

The volume is well-named as it has a many marquee performances of some of the best modern poetry. The ending is also rather classy. I'm recommending this to everyone!

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mixed bag, part 2

There is some great poems here. But I feel many of the best are let-down by the choice of narrator. A little frustrating, but basically a good book that achieves what it sets out to do.

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Excellent but

Excellent but, audible has messed up the chapters so you can’t navigate to individual poems.

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Terrible!

Narration, for the most part, is terrible. The poems are read by people who seem to have no understanding of what they are reading. Then ther is the misnaming of poems. Spring and Fall is called Spring and Four. Jabberwocky is Jobber Wocky.

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it was ok

I fell asleep on it, I struggled to get through it.a bit disappointed to for buying it,

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Reacquainted

A good way to reacquaint yourself with timelessness treasures of poetry old and new. ok