Barbara Kingsolver delivers her poetry of the everyday with sweet-voiced accessibility and a hint of Appalachia tang. The subjects range from losing weight (or not), peonies, sheep shearing, and knitting--"By involving fiber in my invocation of divinity/I feel assured of a fairly positive outcome"--to marriage, her mother's death, and visiting a "burying ground"--"This cemetery... Read More
Narrator Sean Rohani infuses this book of poetry with a heartfelt focus that envelops the listener. He brings the work of Garous Abdolmalekian, a new Iranian poet, to international audiences. Rohani's narration of the poems is well paced; their tone is soft and dreamy. One could listen to this title while taking a long walk or trying to ease into sleep. The poems vary in length... Read More
This classic novel is performed by a full cast, including Seamus Dever as Captain Robert Walton, Adhir Kalyan as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and the audibly recognizable Stacy Keach as The Creature. The riveting adaptation of the story within a story, as told by Mary Shelly, is startlingly different from the familiar movie versions. Stacy Keach's deep voice is perfect for the... Read More
A tertulia, in Latin countries, is a gathering for people to share their creations and ideas, and this poetry collection goes far to capture that spirit. Many of the ideas are about how Puerto Rico and its people-- and Spanish-speaking people in general--are seen and treated by the U.S. government. There is a lot of justifiable anger here, but not every poem is steeped in it.... Read More
There is something for everyone in this timely poetry collection. Varied voices ring throughout the performances, ranging from quiet to cacophonous. The narrators are well matched to the style of each poem, moving from sassily irreverent to coolly somber. The order of the poems is also suitable, carrying the listener from joy to despair to hope and back again. Assembled over 40... Read More
This vivid comedic production set in 1975, after the fall of Saigon, is about two Vietnamese refugees living in America who fall in love. Paul Yen, who portrays Quang, begins the play by blaring rap lyrics to set the tone of the story. Jeena Yi, playing Tong, unmasks her feelings through her sharp, short-tempered tone. Will Dao, Desiree Jung, and Greg Watanabe, who portray an... Read More
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