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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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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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