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5.0 out of 5 stars "Of thee one hour", 30 Aug. 2006
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Katinka Broersen (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Love Poems of John Donne: Complete & Unabridged (Audio CD)
To quote John Donne: "I'd rather owner be of thee one hour, than all else ever" -- Burton doesn't give us quite an hour, but 37 minutes of the great Welsh actor reading John Donne is not a bad alternative. Burton doesn't just read the poems, he virtually acts them out. His voice is biting on the bitter rant of 'The Curse', alternates between contemptuous and tender on 'The Comparison' and adapts itself to the mood of each poem.

If you love John Donne's poetry, this is a must-have: Burton illuminates the words with the richness of his voice, his obvious understanding of and feel for what he is reading. If you have never come across the poet, this is a fine introduction.

Great poetry read by one of the greatest voices ever recorded --do yourself a favour and buy this!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction to Donne!, 10 Dec. 1998
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If - like me! - English is not your mother tongue, the works of John Donne can be difficult. It is old English and there's no escape from that but you'll never regret the effort to understand it. Donne has written some of the most beautiful lines in the English language, musical and full of images. I don't usually buy cassettes but I've discovered with this edition how that can be a mistake! Richard Burton reads these poems as if they were written by himself, opening new meanings and easing the gap between XVII century English and ourselves. I strongly recommend it! (And if English is your mother tongue you're half the way already - you'll love Donne!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Love Poems of John Donne (Audio), 18 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Love Poems of John Donne: Complete & Unabridged (Audio CD)
How could one fail but appreciate the richness of Burton's voice ? The beloved Welshman reads beautifully and brings a level of interpretation to Donne's poetry which eludes most mortals !
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5.0 out of 5 stars because the great voice of Richard Burton gave real sensitivity to the ..., 26 Nov. 2013
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because the great voice of Richard Burton gave real sensitivity to the poems. Excellent. It is a real booster.super listening
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LISTENING, 26 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Love Poems of John Donne: Complete & Unabridged (Audio CD)
RICHARD BURTONS VOICE SUITS THE INTENSE AND LOVELY WORDS WRITTEN BY JOHN DONNE ALL THOSE YEARS AGO AND WHICH ENTHRALL ME
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Dec. 2014
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