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    • Letters to a Young Poet

    • By: Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
    • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
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      4 out of 5 stars 122
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Ranier Maria Rilke challenges you, "...to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers." Rilke's ability to combine the sensual and the spiritual into an inspired vision of the art of living is brought to vivid life in his letters. Through his eyes, the everyday difficulties of love, sex, solitude, sadness, and doubt are seen as the archetypal elements of the drama called life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Priceless Recordings of Intense Feeling

    • By David on 10-08-04

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Book of Psalms

    • By: Phoenix Audio
    • Narrated by: Michael York
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    The Psalms express the heart and essence of humanity, covering a wide range of emotions, and the lessons derived from them have had a far-reaching effect through the ages. They are a unique portion of the Old Testament - 150 songs and poems that include hymns of praise, thanksgiving, lament, wisdom, and liturgy. Written over a long period of time by multiple authors, the Psalms illustrate the theology and worship of the Israelites over the centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Find

    • By smill on 06-29-14

    Regular price: $13.97

    • The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

    • By: Peter Levi
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    One of the most important books on William Shakespeare, this superb biography is both authoritative and extremely readable. It is the first modern biography of Shakespeare since the Victorian Age to pay full attention to his life and times, to his works, and to the numerous and subtle connections among them.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shakespeare and His Works Turned Inside Out

    • By duke ponick on 01-25-19

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus

    • By: Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Stephen Mitchell)
    • Narrated by: Stephen Mitchell
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke addresses the issues of God, death, and "destructive time." Rilke tries to transform these problems into an inner world, what he calls "a whole inner world as if an angel, comprehending all space, were blind and looking into himself." Eminent author and translator Stephen Mitchell brings these ideas vividly to life in this new translation of Rilke's most transcendent works.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • warning: listen before buying

    • By John on 05-27-05

    Regular price: $12.57

    • The Inferno of Dante

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky - translator
    • Narrated by: John Cleese
    • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 68

    Poet and essayist Robert Pinsky's translation captures the intensity and passion of the literary masterpiece, and world-renowned actor John Cleese contributes a profound and electrifying performance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Interpretation, Somewhat difficult to follow

    • By Todd on 02-15-05

    Regular price: $9.95

    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    • Selected Poems
    • By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    This collection contains poems Elizabeth Browning wrote in her early days as well as the last poems she wrote before her death at 55: ballads, religious, social-reforming, and political verse. Included are: "The Dream," "The Image of God," and "The Tempest."

    Regular price: $13.97

    • When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

    • By: Sandra Martz
    • Narrated by: Ellen Burstyn, C. C. H. Pounder
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    This award-winning anthology of poetry and prose takes a new look at being a woman - particularly an aging woman - in a society that prizes and glorifies youth. The works are by both younger writers looking forward in time and writers who have experienced the joys and challenges of growing older. This international best seller was put together by editor Sandra Martz who selected the collection's pieces from thousands of submitted manuscripts.

    Regular price: $10.95

    • Jose Marti: Prosa y Poesia (Prose and Poetry)

    • By: Jose Marti
    • Narrated by: Graciela Lecube, Gonzalo Madurga
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    The simplicity and sincerity of Cuban poet and essayist José Martí are well-known. He was born in 1853 in Cuba and known as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence." Included here are his poems and prose of love and friendship, freedom and exile, eternity, and the essence of childhood, including Versos Sencillos, Poesias Dispersas, and La Edad de Oro. In Spanish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excelente

    • By Pedro Martinez on 10-28-10

    Regular price: $12.24

    • Robert Browning

    • Selected Poems
    • By: Robert Browning
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Robert Browning's intensely romantic love affair with Elizabeth Barrett inspired some of literature's most celebrated verse. His view that love is the key to the meaning of life and life's animating force is evident in these collected poems.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Lazy, Graceless Flop of a Performance

    • By Alec on 12-01-11

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Donald Hall

    • Prose and Poetry
    • By: Donald Hall
    • Narrated by: Donald Hall
    • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Author of more than 30 books of poetry and prose, Donald Hall performs dozens of his best-loved poems, together with excerpts from 6 of his works of prose. Bursting with the passion of living, yet reverent of time and place, Hall's evocative style has made him one of America's foremost poets. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Robert Frost Medal of the Poetry Society of America, and the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, he gives each listener this gift of words - words painstakingly entwined with energy and love. Donald Hall: Prose and Poetry is a tour de force, an intimate convergence of poet, author, and listener.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A collection of Hall’s plain living and high thinking.

    • By Tom on 12-03-18

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Ruben Dario: Verso y Ficcion (Verse and Fiction)

    • By: Ruben Dario
    • Narrated by: Graciela Lecube, Gonzalo Madurga
    • Length: 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Acclaimed by the intellectuals of Spain's "Generation of '98," the poems and fiction of Rubén Darío reflect a pride in his country and in his fellow countrymen - many of whom were living in despair and disillusionment. Included here are several poems and the short story, "Huitzilopoxtli," which takes place during the Mexican Revolution and describes the hallucinatory brutality of war. In Spanish.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Contenido excelente autor sobresaliente

    • By Donald on 10-31-03

    Regular price: $12.24

    • The Man of the Crowd

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This unique collection of lesser-known tales and poems from a master of the macabre demonstrates Poe's literary range. From the title story, which examines the behavior of an old man walking through Baltimore, to the beautiful poetry in "The Sleeper" and "Annabel Lee," these often hard-to-find works are superbly narrated by Ralph Cosham. Also included in the collection is "MS. Found in a Bottle" (one of Poe's first major works), the account of a man who boards the Flying Dutchman; "Eleonora," a tale of a vow of love; "The Oval Portrait," in which a young artist literally captures the life force of his new bride; "Berenice," about a premature burial - with a particularly unnerving effect; "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," about a macabre experiment in hypnotism; and "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Man That Was Used Up," 2 stories that demonstrate Poe's humor.

    Regular price: $13.27

    • I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted

    • By: Sandra Martz
    • Narrated by: Ellen Burstyn, Alfre Woodard, C. C. H. Pounder
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    This vibrant, provocative collection from the publishers of the best selling, award-winning When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple is a compelling anthology of poems and short stories through which women candidly reveal their hidden feelings about their bodies. They delve into such compelling topics as budding sexuality, childbirth, physical strength and weakness, menopause, and aging.

    Regular price: $10.95

    • The Odyssey

    • By: Homer, Robert Fagles - translator
    • Narrated by: Ian McKellen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,937
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

    The great adventure story tells of Odysseus, a veteran of the Trojan War, who - through a landscape peopled with monsters, sea nymphs, evil enchantresses, and vengeful gods - makes his tortuous way home to his faithful wife, Penelope. Shipwrecked numerous times, faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles, offered the temptations of ease, comfort, and even immortality, Odysseus remains steadfast and determined. Themes of courage and perseverance, fidelity and fortitude.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fagles yes, McKellen yes, Production NO!

    • By Vic on 06-13-14

    Regular price: $31.95

    • The Poetry of Carl Sandburg

    • By: Carl Sandburg
    • Narrated by: Susan Anspach, Roscoe Lee Browne, Robert Foxworth
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Carl Sandburg wrote poems with such soulfulness, lyric grace, and love and compassion for the common man that he was known as a "poet of the people." Here is a collection of 95 of his best works, including "Chicago," "Fog," "To a Contemporary Bunkshooter," "Masses," and "The Great Hunt," as well as other verses on themes like love, war, death, loneliness, immigrant life, and the beauty of nature.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wondergul Readings of Sandburg's Poetry

    • By Dale on 07-17-17

    Regular price: $8.95

    • The Poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath

    • By: Diane Wood Middlebrook (Professor of English, Stanford University), Herbert Lindenberger (Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Both Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath rose above severe mental disorders to create bold new directions for American poetry and share the woman's perspective in distinct, powerful voices. Professor Middlebrook, author of the best selling Anne Sexton: A Biography, sheds light on the unique and important contributions of these poets by examining 4 works: "Morning Song" and "Ariel" by Plath and "The Fortress" and "The Double Image" by Sexton. Her conversations with Professor Lindenberger and an audience further delve into the work and lives of these women, their friendship, and their tragic...

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Bad sound recording

    • By Laura on 02-14-13

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Poetry of William Butler Yeats

    • By: William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Beacham, Gabriel Byrne, Minnie Driver
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 22

    The Nobel Laureate's early poetry is suffused with the radiant lyricism of Irish folklore and myth; the yearning romance and distinctly Irish voice of these first works have inspired scores of poets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding compilation of Yeats's Short Poems

    • By Joseph M. on 09-21-10

    Regular price: $9.07

    • A Child's Christmas in Wales

    • By: Dylan Thomas
    • Narrated by: Dylan Thomas
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    Thomas's recording of this holiday classic is considered the first official audiobook. You'll hear the author's recollection of a holiday in the seaside town of his youth as well as some of his most celebrated poems, including "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Christmas Classic

    • By Janet on 12-01-06

    Regular price: $10.26

    • Stepping Stones

    • By: Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    This selection of Seamus Heaney's poems is drawn from nine collections, including The Spirit Level, and provides a perfect introduction to the full breadth of Heaney's poetic concerns.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A gentle, gracious and personal performance

    • By Louie Crew Clay on 01-26-15

    Regular price: $5.60

    • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Anthony Quayle, Joyce Redman, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Sir John Falstaff, the lovable rogue, is brought back from his death in Henry V to set this farce in motion. Falstaff (Anthony Quayle), finding himself in need of funds, attempts to seduce 2 wealthy young ladies, Mistress Ford (Joyce Redman) and Mistress Page (June Jago). Alas, the scoundrel's money-making scheme goes awry when he sends the ladies - who are friends - identical love letters. The 2 women retaliate by plotting his downfall - with hilarious results.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Indifferent Transfer of a Classic Recording

    • By J. Greif on 01-28-15

    Regular price: $12.54

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