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Publisher's Summary

A wonderful selection of Yeats' finest work, read by the author himself along with Siobhan McKenna and others.

©2009 Saland Publishing (P)2009 Saland Publishing

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Nice production. but there are duplicate tracks

Archival recordings held up well. I enjoyed the recitations. I can't say I appreciated having each read twice. At first, I thought they were alternate readings but the times were exactly the same. Did a lot of fastforwarding. Other than that, I liked it very much.

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Good but with frustrations

The poetry is lovely and hearing it read with Irish accents a treat. These are clearly archival recordings so the sound quality is not brilliant in some of them, but that is balanced out by skill of the readings, and knowing that in many cases you are hearing the author reading. What is frustrating is that the titles are not given. It is fine with the very well known poems, but for most I didn't know which poem it actually was. There are also a lot of repetitions. Having to keep skipping the second poem is annoying as I usually listen while doing other things or walking. It also makes the length of the book deceptive. But despite those frustrations it was a good listen.

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A glorious listen.

How wonderful an experience to spend a couple of hours feeling the passion that burned within an old man’s mind and heart. Daybreak and a candle-end.

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Blurry

It should have been inspiring to hear both Yeats and McKenna doing these readings, but the sound quality was terrible. Find another version.

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  • F. Wynn
  • 09-08-15

Very disappointing

This is awful. The poems are repeated twice which is annoying. The reading is not consistent. Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack are fair but W.B.Yeats's rendition of the poems is dreadful. I have not rated it as it does not deserve even one star. It is a very old recording obviously . There must be a more recent reading of these poems. It seems that I must fill in the star rating section before this can be submitted. I do this reluctantly

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-19-19

slightly batty but unfairly maligned collection

this version gets a lot of flak from Audible reviews but for me it is strangely engaging. Yeats himself has often been criticized for his stylized and over the top renditions. I find them hauntingly atmospheric . Cyril Cusack and Siobhan McKenna are real masters of delivery giving Yeat's poems the full dramatic "welly" they deserve. There is a quaint inclusion of the Rose Tree by that early Abbey actor, whose name I can't recall. its never fully clear why the second set of poems are repeated so you hear every poem twice.

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  • AMN
  • 05-13-17

Avoid

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

Sadly failed to listen to the sample, trusting inadvisedly that it would be a decent version being on sale on Audible for 6.95. This is a very poor collection, bad sound quality and rambling. Not worth the money. Sadly I can't return as I am no longer a member. It's also a more realistic 2.95 on iTunes. Frustrating!

Would you ever listen to anything by William Butler Yeats again?

Yes but unlikely to purchase from Audible.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of William Butler Yeats and Siobhan McKenna ?

Tomas Mac Eoin or any number of poet/singers.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yeats' poetry is astonishingly beautiful (enough to capture the imagination of my young daughter) so yes, but the recording itself doesn't encourage anyone to listen to it unfortunately.