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Dylan Thomas at the "BBC" (Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 Oct 2003


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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (6 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563530863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563530862
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dylan Thomas Reading His Poetry (Harper Collins)... will be enjoyed much more if you listen first to Dylan Thomas at the BBC -- Times, June 12, 2004

The BBC's selection of Thomas's work is broader [than on the Harper Collins audio] and includes also his prose and dramas... essential archive recordings -- Observer, March 7, 2004

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By Norah Lavin on 17 July 2014
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27 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Laurence 913 on 25 Jan. 2004
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Dylan Thomas reads his own poems and also some short stories. The readings are theatrical performances, and there was a genuine audience for them at the time. Poets reading their own work appear rarely on disk or tape. Recording was invneted at the end of the nineteenth century, so most of the great poets are, of course, excluded. There is a wax cylinder of a muffled Browning slightly misquoting How They Brought The Goods News from Ghent to Aix, but this is a curiosity.Most of the leading poets of the first half of the 20th century (lesser poets than their predecessors, though often with original and memorable styles) are unrecorded, but not Thomas. In the second half of the century many poets of the Arts Administration Age may have recorded their works, but one doubts whether any audience present would represent ordinary poetry-lovers.
For poetry that a general audience finds worth listening to we are left with the BBC's plentiful recordings of Dylan Thomas and John Betjeman. Both have an individuality and accessibility that is lacking in their younger contemporaries and successors, and it is significant that they were also known for their prose works. These recording of Dylan Thomas, made by the BBC before it became a mouthpiece for the Arts Council and New Labour, bring with them an air of literary London in the 1940's as well as pre-War Wales. The poetry has a recognisable, individual style and speaks directly to the listener. It is not self-obsessed, prosaic, trivial, arbitrary or incomprehensible. We can recognise 'The fishing-boat-bobbing sea' or 'Rage against the dying of the light'. How many ordinary readers can quote a line, or even name a poem, by Mr or Mrs Hughes or their contemporaries?
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2010
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This double cd is jam packed with quality recordings from numerous sources much I had not heard before. Its a bargain at the price and a must have for anyone charmed by the beauty of Thomas's writing. I would not hesitate to recommend it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KJ on 2 Mar. 2010
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I don't know if the BBC have reissued this with different tracks, it certainly has a different cover to that shown above, but this CD does not contain works by anyone other than Thomas and certainly nothing by Marlowe. While I'm disappointed to have been mislead it's still worth hearing him reading his own works so I will not be sending it back.
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