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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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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • 08-23-11

Blurry

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

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.