Portraying the life of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, narrator Simon Vance is, as always, eloquent, precise, and finely attuned. He delivers some of the finest lines in British poetry with ease and assurance. Donne’s poetic genius emerged out of long struggle and deprivation, shadowed by a love-match elopement that ruined his prospects but inspired much of his greatest verse. The emotional center of this accessible and insightful narrative is the death of Anne Donne at 33, after bearing her 12th child, a scene that Vance renders with powerful feeling and restraint. This fine production of one of this year’s best literary biographies will lead listeners inevitably to the riches of Donne’s poetry, memorably recorded by actor Richard Burton, among others. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2022 Best Audiobook © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2022]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2022
CD ISBN 9798212030762 $36.95 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9798212030779 $31.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9798212030816 $19.95
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2022
CD ISBN 9798212030755 $82.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9798212030809 $49.95
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