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BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY

by Stephen Adly Guirgis | Read by Elisa Bocanegra, John Cothran, Jr., Seamus Dever, James Martinez, Ana Ortiz, Larry Powell, Emily Swallow

L.A. Theatre Works | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Bringing together such hot-button contemporary issues as racial profiling, domestic violence, and alcoholism, film and voice talents John Cothran, Jr., and Ana Ortiz lead a fine ensemble cast in this L.A. Theatre Works production, recorded live at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. Still living in his Upper West Side rent-controlled apartment, retired NYPD cop Pops is basically... Read More

GREAT POETS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE

GREAT POETS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE

Earphones Award Winner

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, John Clare, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth | Read by Michael Sheen

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Michael Sheen is at his best narrating the two long narrative pieces here, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and a section of the first canto of "Don Juan." In both he's assisted by two fine but unnamed women. He's consistently good throughout the whole anthology. His Blake is prophetic and a bit mad, his Wordsworth is more stately, his Keats more wistful, and so on. The... Read More

HARRY CLARKE

HARRY CLARKE With Bonus Performance: Lillian

Earphones Award Winner

by David Cale | Read by Billy Crudup, David Cale

Audible, Inc. | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Finding laugh-out-loud humor, mischief, and angst in every line, stage and film stalwart Billy Crudup has a wonderful time telling the story of a young Midwesterner who dons a fake English accent and moves to the big city in search of sexual misadventure. Bright and manic, fresh and graphic, playwright David Cale specializes in full-length staged monologues and has garnered... Read More

NO MATTER THE WRECKAGE

NO MATTER THE WRECKAGE

by Sarah Kay | Read by Sarah Kay

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Sarah Kay provides a treat with this audio offering. The poet herself narrates, and she even presents some of the poems to a live audience. Kay creates spoken-word poetry, meant to be heard. Listen for the stutter of the new reader in "Mrs. Ribeiro." Whatever is missed from not seeing words on a page, Kay makes up with the lyricism of her voice. She is exuberant and optimistic... Read More

THE POEMS OF T.S. ELIOT

THE POEMS OF T.S. ELIOT

Earphones Award Winner

by T.S. Eliot | Read by Jeremy Irons, Eileen Atkins

Faber & Faber | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

For such a major poet, Eliot left a fairly sparse body of work, and all his mature poems are here. And while many consider him to be a fairly austere modernist, these readings by Jeremy Irons bring out the human passion (and sometimes the intellectual passion) that lurks in the poems. "The Journey of the Magi" is particularly fine, and the notoriously difficult "The Wasteland"... Read More

WADE IN THE WATER

WADE IN THE WATER Poems

by Tracy K. Smith | Read by Tracy K. Smith

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Poet laureate Tracy Smith's steady and deliberate narration has a sort of automated-sounding rhythm that works. Her poetry collection addresses both contemporary and historical issues that the United States has faced and continues to face. In a slightly pleading tone and unhurried pace, Smith unfolds the disheartening experiences of an African-American soldier in the Civil War... Read More

WATCH ON THE RHINE

WATCH ON THE RHINE

Earphones Award Winner

by Lillian Hellman | Read by Brychta Edita, Jonathan Cake, Heidi Dippold, Susannah Fielding, Lovensky Jean-Baptiste, Taj Jegaraj, Susan Sullivan, Patrick Wenk-Wolff, Matthew Wolf, Adam Wylie

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Set in Washington, DC, before the United States entered WWII, Lillian Hellman's incisive drama about national identity, personal freedom, and responsibility is fully realized by a talented, cohesive ensemble. After nearly 20 years, wealthy matriarch Fanny Farrelly welcomes the return of her daughter, Sarah, along with Sarah's German husband and children. The reunion is... Read More

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