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    • Olio Live

    • By: Tyehimba Jess
    • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve, Kayla White, Jaylene Clark Owens, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

    The word "olio" means a hodgepodge, or a miscellaneous collection of literary or musical selections. In Olio Live - a very special one-night performance recorded live at the Minetta Lane Theater in February 2019 - poet Tyehimba Jess introduces listeners to his 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Olio. He is joined on stage by writer, editor, and Literaryswag founder Yahdon Israel, as well as a stellar cast of actors interpreting a selection of the poems from the collection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BEAUTIFUL

    • By Jackie GREEN on 06-09-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Milk and Honey

    • By: Rupi Kaur
    • Narrated by: Rupi Kaur
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

    Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The audiobook is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes listeners through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Underwhelmed Contemporary Poetry

    • By Caro on 08-01-17

    Regular price: $9.44

    • 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 Poetic Edda

    • Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
    • By: Jackson Crawford
    • Narrated by: Jackson Crawford
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328

    The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised!) and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological, and literary importance, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great translation--the pronunciation is correct!

    • By Casper on 05-08-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Long Way Down

    • By: Jason Reynolds
    • Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 789
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 727

    A cannon. A strap. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Real and Relevant!

    • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 11-05-17

    Regular price: $9.44

    • The Gruffalo

    • By: Julia Donaldson
    • Narrated by: Imelda Staunton
    • Length: 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 118

    Here's a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies, he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of the all time great childrens books

    • By Daryl on 01-22-10

    Regular price: $4.47

    • Beowulf

    • By: Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated by: Seamus Heaney
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 653
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Why, oh, why is it abridged?

    • By Tad Davis on 09-25-08

    Regular price: $17.46

    • The Poems of T. S. Eliot

    • Read by Jeremy Irons
    • By: T. S. Eliot
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
    • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Jeremy Irons' perceptive reading illuminates the poetry of T. S. Eliot in all its complexity. Major poems range from 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' through the post-war desolation of 'The Waste Land' and the spiritual struggle of 'Ash-Wednesday', to the enduring charm of 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horribly Frustrating to Follow

    • By AVS on 06-18-18

    Regular price: $17.05

    • And Still I Rise (Unabridged Selections)

    • A Book of Poems
    • By: Maya Angelou
    • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
    • Length: 22 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 612
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 538
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 524

    The beloved and best-selling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings reads aloud from her third book of verse. She not only gives life to many of her most cherished poems, but she also presents personal introductions to several favorites, including "One More Round", "Woman Work", and "Life Doesn't Frighten Me".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing compares to hearing the actual author read

    • By Barry White on 05-28-14

    Regular price: $13.27

    • Helium

    • By: Rudy Francisco
    • Narrated by: Rudy Francisco
    • Length: 1 hr
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    Helium is the debut poetry collection by internet phenom Rudy Francisco, whose work has defined poetry for a generation of new audiences. Rudy's poems and quotes have been viewed and shared millions of times as he has traveled the country and the world performing for sell-out crowds. Helium is filled with work that is simultaneously personal and political, blending love poems, self-reflection, and biting cultural critique on class, race, and gender into an unforgettable whole.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • captivating

    • By Suzanne Parker on 04-21-19

    Regular price: $14.00

    • The Poets' Corner

    • The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
    • By: John Lithgow
    • Narrated by: Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 734
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 650
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628

    John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Painless Crash Course in the Great Western Poets

    • By Litlovingmama on 10-27-14

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Inward

    • By: Yung Pueblo
    • Narrated by: Yung Pueblo
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    True power is living the realization that you are your own healer, hero, and leader. Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self-love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the listener that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gave me a feeling of peace and hope

    • By Shannon Healy Finney on 12-14-18

    Regular price: $11.87

    • Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane

    • Words and Music
    • By: Patti Smith
    • Narrated by: Patti Smith
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

    Patti Smith: Words and Music features live audio of performances captured over three evenings at the Minetta Lane Theatre, woven into a single, one-of-a-kind audio event.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A bonus for fans of Just Kids & M Train

    • By tru britty on 11-02-18

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Divine Comedy

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 386
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 288

    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Divine Comedy

    • By Tbaley on 05-27-15

    Regular price: $56.00

    • I Still Want It

    • By: Derrick Jaxn
    • Narrated by: Derrick Jaxn
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 378

    In I Still Want It, Derrick Jaxn delivers a life-changing collection of poems immersed in raw, passionate, but brave vulnerability. Dark truths of his lustful past, revelations during his ongoing battle with heartbreak, and empowering words of wisdom leave listeners with a renewed faith in a love they may have lost hope in finding.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Get Ready !!!

    • By Anonymous User on 05-08-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • By: Homer
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 28 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 810
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 445

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Audio

    • By Tiffany on 02-18-07

    Regular price: $28.95

    • The Canterbury Tales

    • A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel
    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 22 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lack of coherant "chapters"

    • By Jennifer on 02-24-10

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Leaves of Grass

    • The Original 1855 Edition
    • By: Walt Whitman, American Renaissance Books
    • Narrated by: Sam Torode
    • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    When Walt Whitman self-published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems - but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This volume presents the 1855 "Leaves of Grass" in its entirety, unchanged, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous letter to Whitman.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 1st Edition of Leaves of Grass

    • By phillip joe fitzsimmons on 12-02-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Raven

    • By: Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated by: Michael Troy
    • Length: 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    "The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further distress the protagonist with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore".

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Eww

    • By Kaz on 04-06-19

    Regular price: $0.94

    • The Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 392
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charlton Griffin's Metamorphoses

    • By Coach of Alva on 01-23-14

    Regular price: $61.60

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