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I don't understand the criticisms by some other reviewers of this album's audio quality. Might they be referring to an earlier release of this album (which has been offered in several formats by a few vendors over the years)? The quality is absolutely outstanding, and the readings by Stephanie Beacham, Colm Meaney, Julian Sands, David Warner, Gabriel Byrne, Roger Rees, Minnie Driver, and Samantha Eggar are as fine as you could ever want.
There are 88 "tracks" on this album. Unfortunately Audible's space limitations preclude me from providing here a Table of Contents. What I will say is that titles of poems are introduced, but not who's narrating what: a typical (and frustrating) lapse in documentation by Audible.
Any Yeats lover should buy this new release, as roughly a quarter of the poems are not present on the 4 other Audible.com Yeats compilations.
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I can't fathom the low ratings on this audio. The readers are some of the most compellingly good voices/readers I've ever heard. I could listen to these people read the phone book! I really enjoy the selections in this collection also. I'm actually not really a fan of poetry usually. What little poetry I have enjoyed has almost always been Emily Dickinson, but I've come to love Yeats solely based on my experience with this audio performance. Could the audio be remastered and cleaned up? Yes. It's definitely not crystal clear and artifact free, but it's not so bad as to be utterly distracting. In fact, I find this enjoyable enough to fall asleep to which, considering I'm a hardcore insomniac averaging 2-3 hours of sleep a night, is a huge endorsement.
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