This review refers to" "The Voice of the Poet: Robert Frost" (CD and book by Random House)
Dust of Snow
"The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued."
His voice is old, sometimes a little shakey, sometimes a pause or a little different rhythm then expected, a word or phrase occassionally different from the original work, but it's Frost, reading Frost, and any fan could not ask for a more wonderful hour of listening pleasure.
How fortunate we are to be able to experience this master reading his own works. It's a haunting, but wonderful feeling, and I highly recommend this set to lovers of Frost. The CD is a compliation of various readings. Some are recordings he made on 78 records as early as 1935 and 1951. Others recorded at Yale University and Pierson College, before a live audience(and sometimes you can hear the reactions), in 1961, and 1962. All are an excellent, crisp and clear quality on this CD by Random House Audio.
There CD runs just under an hour. There are 36 works read. They include: Mending Wall, After Apple Picking, Reluctance, Mowing, The Tuft of Flowers, The Death of the Hired Man, The Road Not Taken, Birches, The Oven Bird, Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening,Spring Pools, The Need of Being Versed in Country Things, The Witch of Coos(I love that one), Dust of Snow, Nothing Gold Can Stay, Fire and Ice, The Onset, Acauainted With The Night, Design, Desert Places, Neither Out far Nor In Deep, Two Tramps in Mud Time, Provide, Provide, Departmental, The Gift Outright, The Secret Sits, The Most of It, Never Again Would Birds' Song Be the Same, The Silken Tent, Directive, One Step Backward Taken, The Objection to Being Stepped On, Forgive, O Lord(short but sweet), Questioning Faces,"In winter in the woods alone"(this one is reprinted in his own hand on the back cover of the companion book), and Away!.
The CD comes with a nice 64 page companion book, with each work read, printed. There is also some biographical information included. Very nice. I enjoyed reading it on it's own, after the listen(and I could now hear the author's voice and feelings).
This is part of a series of "Voice of the Poet" readings put out by Random House. There are many others. e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and Sylvia Plath among them. Just type in Voice of the Poet in the Search and you may find your favorite there.
Frost's own personality shines through during the readings. Short or long, humorous or deeply meaningful, all will touch your heart and soul on some level. Robert Frost's words and voice will have you under a spell.
Enjoy by a cozy fire, or let Mr. Frost keep you company on a long drive......Laurie
more fabulous audio book experiences:
Great Expectations (The Classic Collection)(read by Michael Page)
Back When We Were Grownups(read by Blair Brown)
A Christmas Carol(read by Geoffrey Palmer)
Les Miserables (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)(fullcast performance lead by Brian Blessed)