Ysra Daley-Ward delves into her mixed West Indian and West African heritage with these passionate poems, which she also narrates. She navigates a world of religion and abuse, longing and heartache. Dialects shape this audiobook. As she makes subtle transitions from a British to a Caribbean or an African accent, she speaks her words deliberately, sometimes with a sharp edge to... Read More
Eve L. Ewing reads her first poetry collection with brio and a tang that hook the listener from the get-go. She has a youthful lilting voice that lifts listeners into the funny poems and carries them safely over the tough ones, singeing them perhaps, but not letting them drop into the flames. A trained sociologist as well as a poet, Ewing ranges across the experience of being... Read More
Deepak Chopra, who is from India, is one of America's best-known immigrants. In this audiobook he takes on questions of immigration as both an author and a narrator. Each of the 34 poems in this audiobook is written by an immigrant and inspired by another, sometimes famous, immigrant, such as Joni Mitchell (from Canada), Madeleine Albright (from Czechoslovakia), and Yo Yo Ma... Read More
The American Revolution was a confrontation about land and independence from economic oppression, but it was also the struggle of a young country to define a new set of lofty, hard-to- obtain ideals and ethics. In this thoughtful and thoroughly modern live performance, L.A. Theatre Works takes the listener on a late-eighteenth-century journey to an all-too-real place in which... Read More
Poet Laureate Tracy Smith narrates her 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry, exploring reality and imagination in an expansive universe. She fills the space with purposeful pauses and slow, steady monotones that blend the metaphorical and the actual. There is not much fluctuation in her soft tone, which tends to evoke the feeling that everything is okay, although... Read More
The acclaimed activist, educator, and poet shares her life story through poetry and narrative. Her voice is familiar to the ear--it's a voice that has been used to combat injustices, honor unsung heroes, and create old and new ways to love. She whips through certain poems as if their rhythm and timing call for speed. At times, she offers a rhyming intonation that sounds a bit... Read More
This timely drama about the Kennedy's administration internal battle over the Cuban Missile Crisis proves to be a powerful production by L.A. Theatre Works. Author David Rambo crafts the play well for audio. In particular, he expertly juggles numerous fast-talking characters, keeping them identifiable with simple asides and other light-handed techniques that allow listeners to... Read More
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