Sharon Olds is noted for the extent to which she exposes her inner world in her poetry, and this collection is no exception. The poems are intensely personal and sometimes extremely sexual, but never pornographic. They examine a woman in her 70s who is looking back to see how she got where she is; she is also mourning the death of the man who may prove to have been her last... Read More
In this concise and straightforward audio drama adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's hugely influential 1926 novel, a loose-knit group of American and British expatriates tire of the endless parties and soirees of Paris. They head off to the annual bullfights of the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain, in hopes of adventure and rekindling old romances. Film regulars Patrick... Read More
If sound could have a texture, Tóibín's voice would be velvet. In this audiobook, his first published collection of poetry, Tóibín's delivery is rich, luxuriant. The poems are wide ranging in both topic and tone, but his voice remains consistently deep and gentle, with a lovely Irish accent that adds musicality. While poetry is a delight to hear, especially when read by the... Read More
Sandra Cisneros's performance of her poetry is a marvel. She is so good that one wishes she would record poetry by other writers as well. Her voice is a wonderful instrument, and she explores its possibilities with tone, accent, and timbre while conveying her intentions in these deeply personal poems. The poems examine life as a woman of a certain age in Mexico and the U.S.... Read More
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