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DUENDE

DUENDE Poems

Earphones Award Winner

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

HighBridge Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith has a voice that is almost as beautiful as the imagery in this second collection of her work. She uses her voice well to clarify the structure of each poem and avoid the tics (such as that rising lilt at the end of each line) that make so many poets poor readers of their own work. Her reading is helped,... Read More

THE GREAT POETS: MATTHEW ARNOLD

THE GREAT POETS: MATTHEW ARNOLD

by Matthew Arnold | Read by Jonathan Keeble

Naxos AudioBooks | Unabridged Selections
Poetry & Drama

Matthew Arnold's poetry is not widely read today, except for "Dover Beach" and perhaps "The Scholar Gipsy," but this selection shows the strengths that made him popular in the nineteenth century. Jonathan Keeble's readings are romantic, as the poems are, and they show the result of careful thought. Arnold's writerly craft and ideas come through. Keeble reads the antique diction... Read More

JUNK

JUNK A Play

by Ayad Akhtar | Read by Michael Crouch, Jay Snyder, Edoardo Ballerini, Fred Berman, Robert Fass, Graham Halstead

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Listening to a play on audio should be feel like a radio play, with characters interacting with one another in a steady stream of dialogue and action. This full-cast production of JUNK, a play about junk bonds, takes on wonderful regional accents from New York to L.A. and from Texas to the Midwest. A narrator reads the stage directions and the narrative in an uninflected voice... Read More

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