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AMERICAN MELANCHOLY

AMERICAN MELANCHOLY Poems

by Joyce Carol Oates | Read by Cheryl Smith

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

One has to admit that Joyce Carol Oates's poetry is sometimes a bit prosy. Fortunately for the listener, her prose is particularly fine. Even in a poem like "To Marlon Brando in Hell," which could afford to be shorter, we are gripped and propelled by the language. Cheryl Smith's narration is as controlled as the words themselves, which reveal the emotional content of the text... Read More

BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME

BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME

by Jasmine Mans | Read by Jasmine Mans

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Spoken-word poet Jasmine Mans narrates her poetry collection. This audiobook serves as a call to oneself and a return to one's truth. Mans speaks openly and honestly about race, womanhood, sexuality, and family. She begins with a list poem about her hair. Her words are thick and intentionally punctuated. She is clear, strong, and purposeful in both content and tone. Although... Read More

FACES OF LOVE

FACES OF LOVE Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz

by | Read by Dick Davis, Tala Ashe, Ramiz Monsef

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Along with the translators, narrators Dick Davis, Tala Ashe, and Ramiz Monsef work together to bring classics of Persian poetry to listeners. Following an overview of the historical significance of this collection, delivered in steady academic tones by Davis, we sink into the lush lyrics of three very different poets. Fans of Hafez will be pleased to hear Davis read newly... Read More

THE HILL WE CLIMB

THE HILL WE CLIMB An Inaugural Poem for the Country

by Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey [Fore.] | Read by Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey [Fore.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

"The Hill We Climb" is a balm and a benediction for a country wracked with strife, trauma, outrage, and grief. Oprah Winfrey's introduction invites listeners to reflect on the circumstances surrounding this 2021 inaugural poem and on the brilliance of its writer. Gorman's performance shines. She encourages listeners to meditate on the various legacies of white supremacy that... Read More

LIFE ON PAPER

LIFE ON PAPER

by Kenneth Lin | Read by Sarah Drew, Kevin Daniels, Mark Jude Sullivan, Seamus Dever, Summer Spiro

L.A. Theatre Works | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

This latest offering from L.A. Theatre Works' science-themed Relativity Series swaps dystopian darkness for a feel-good romantic comedy/drama. Television stalwarts Sarah Drew and Seamus Dever create a nice Hepburn/Tracy-like chemistry in their verbal sparring as a small-town actuary and mother of two takes on a math prodigy hired by an insurance company to lower the payout on... Read More

MISTER TOEBONES

MISTER TOEBONES Poems

by Brooks Haxton | Read by Edoardo Ballerini

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

There is no shortage of fine poets in the United States today, and Brooks Haxton has to be counted among them. In this audiobook, his talent is matched by that of narrator Edoardo Ballerini and benefits from Ballerini's straightforward treatment. The poems are clear and accessible on the first hearing--but rewarding on a second or third. The readings focus on clarity without... Read More

NEVERMORE

NEVERMORE An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

by Dennis Paoli, Edgar Allan Poe | Read by Jeffrey Combs

Oasis Audio | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

Narrator Jeffrey Combs brings welcome ease and humor to the customarily dark and dreary world of Edgar Allan Poe. With energy, insightful asides, and an enthusiastic live audience hanging on his every word, Combs re-creates a much-less-known Poe persona--that of the sought-after 1840s traveling lecturer. Combs recounts Poe's personal anecdotes about his mother, who was an... Read More

PAFKO AT THE WALL

PAFKO AT THE WALL The Shot Heard Around the World

by Don DeLillo | Read by Billy Crudup, Zachary Levi, Tony Shalhoub

Simon & Schuster Audio | Audio Program
Poetry & Drama

One couldn't imagine three more American-sounding voices than Billy Crudup's, Zachary Levi's, and Tony Shalhoub's as they recount one of the most iconic events in American sports history--Bobby Thomson's clutch home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants in the bottom of the ninth on October 3, 1951. Our trio captures all the nostalgia, gentle satire,... Read More

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

by Victor Warren, Harlene Stein | Read by Victor Warren

Spoken Realms | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

Author/narrator Victor Warren and his mother co-wrote this screenplay about a mother and son who take a road trip from Los Angeles to Cape Cod to see the country and to rediscover what makes them a family. The screenplay format can be a bit jarring when read as an audiobook. The format sometimes takes the listener out of the moment with stage instructions like: "Interior Bee's... Read More

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

by William Shakespeare | Read by Scott Brick, Käthe Mazur, Dion Graham, Steven Anthony Jones, Simon Vance, Carol Monda, Paula Parker, Maggi-Meg Reed, Johnny Heller, JD Jackson

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Poetry & Drama

An all-star cast brings vocal clarity, naturalism, and intimacy to the voices of the desperately paranoid newly crowned Scottish king Macbeth and his ill-fated brother-in-arms, Banquo. Narrators Scott Brick and Dion Graham are the lead players in this crisp stage reading of one of Shakespeare's premiere works. "Double, double, toil and trouble." "Something wicked this way... Read More

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