Billy Collins Live

  • by Billy Collins
  • Narrated by Billy Collins
  • 1 hrs and 15 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only. Performed by the author at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City, Billy Collins reads 24 of his poems, including "Dharma", a spiritual yet humbling ode to man's best friend, "The Lanyard", an amusing recollection about the popular, if not pointless, summer camp pastime, and "Consolation", a tongue-in-cheek reflection of a cancelled European trip, and the benefits of staying home instead. In addition to the poetry readings, Collins also spends some time in a brief question and answer session where he reflects on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his audiences as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories growing up as an only child. At times pensive and sardonic, amusing and subtly sarcastic, Billy Collins Live celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language that appeals to all.


Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: If you prefer your poetry dry, stale and dusty, stay clear of this program. However, if you prefer it to be warm, funny, and exciting, you are in luck. Or, if you don't know if you like poetry, I can assure you, you will enjoy Collins' accessible work. This former poet laureate offers such a wonderful performance that he upstages the introductory banter by comedian Bill Murray. —Beth Anderson


What the Critics Say

2005 Audie Award Nominee, Original Work


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Customer Reviews

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Does Not Get Better Than This

I can't say enough. Well, I could but I would have to write for years. This is "poetry" that EVERYONE will enjoy, and I would highly recommend for teens and children; it will appeal to them not only on a humorous level, but it is without guile and pretense--it relates on a personal level with every one. My husband ABHORS poetry (except for some ditty about a man from Nantucket) and he listened to the whole performance after I had him listen to the dog poem (guaranteed to have every dog owner chuckling). In few precise words, Mr. Collins can be silly and fun, then powerfully emotional and personal. Former poet laureate, Billy Collins, is a national treasure. *My review has already been longer than most of his poems.
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- Mel

He actually outshines Bill Murray

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book to everyone I know who has an Audilbe Account. I love it. It's funny and very well done.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor. Billy Collins is so funny.

Have you listened to any of Billy Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes you laugh from beginning to the end.

Any additional comments?

Get this. You won't be disappointed. The only slight negative is that it is short.

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- John Lane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-17-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio