The Rubaiyat

  • by Omar Khayyam
  • Narrated by David Ian Davies
  • 0 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ethereal words of the great thinker Omar Khayyam will echo through time eternal. The poet's profound and magical thoughts will blend into your consciousness and you will be transported into a different realm. David Davies captures the essence of this unusual poem in a remarkable reading.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Lyrical and complex, "The Rubaiyat" are a  collection of poems by Persian philosopher, astronomer, and poet Omar Khayyam. Written in the 11th century and translated in the 19th century, these poems are subtle and eloquent musings on the nature of beauty and Middle Eastern society. David Ian Davies gives a wonderful performance of this landmark piece of verse. Davies is remarkably well suited to these flowing and sometimes tragic lines. This recording is filled with countless beautiful lines to be quoted and remembered forever.

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Michael MacLiammoir's rendition is far superior

This review is written in response to the disappointment expressed by the preceding reviewers. I own multiple Audible.com recordings of "The Rubaiyat" (including this one). Perhaps the BEST, by British actor Michael MacLiammoir, is the second poem [157-22:50] of "The World's Greatest Poetry Volume 5." It also happens to be the complete, original (= canonical) Edward Fitzgerald "translation," whereas Davies reads here an alternate, non-standard version which I consider inferior.
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- Joseph M.

What is the point of this recording?

I've been looking for an English recording, and I was pointed to this one. I have to agree with the first reviewer that this is pretty monotonous and pointless.

I don't understand why, if it is supposed to be in RP, it has 'shaft' with a short 'a' and 'herb' without the 'h'.

It seems to fall between many stools. It lacks all passion - and the poem is passionate. It isn't read in either English, or Yank, so why would anybody want it?

As i say, I was looking for a good, passionate and engaging reading with an RP delivery. There doesn't seem such a thing, so my intention is to produce one.



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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2001
  • Publisher: One Voice Recordings