Poetry Audiobooks

Darkness

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
5 minutes, 19 seconds
Unabridged Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

In which our hero, the most Romantic of all the Romantic poets, takes on the end of the world.

Written in Geneva, Switzerland in the summer of 1816, when Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori spent their evenings telling each other ghost stories. The resulting tales included Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s creation of the vampire/vampyre genre (based on a novel fragment of Byron’s), and this gloomy, speculative verse.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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The Prisoner of Chillon

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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by Lord Byron
22 minutes
Unabridged Longform Narrative Poem
1816

Lord Byron

The story-poem about Francois Bonivard, a 16th century monk imprisoned in the Chateau de Chillon.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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Leaves of Grass Book IV: Children of Adam

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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by Walt Whitman
44 minutes, 3 seconds
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Children of Adam” is the fourth book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. This book is among Whitman’s most controversial with its celebration of sexuality. It includes the poems:


To the Garden the World
From Pent-up Aching Rivers
I Sing the Body Electric
A Woman Waits for Me
Spontaneous Me
One Hour to Madness and Joy


We Two–How Long We were Fool‚Äôd
Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd
Native Moments
Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
Facing West from California’s Shores
Ages and Ages, Returning at Intervals
O Hymen! O Hymenee!
As Adam, Early in the Morning

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Leaves of Grass Book III: Song of Myself

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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by Walt Whitman
2 hours, 20 minutes
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1855

Whitman

“Song of Myself” is the longest and most famous book (of 35 total) of Walt Whitman’s legendary poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Song of Myself is a longform poem in 52 parts. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
34 minutes, 25 seconds
Unabridged Epic Poem
1798

The classic longform adventure poem in seven parts. Podcast MP3 includes the only the first part; complete poem’s in the zip files.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was an English poet and philosopher who began the Romantic Movement of poetry with William Wordsworth. He is best known for his longform poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.


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The Witch of Atlas

Monday, June 7th, 2010

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by Percy Shelley
43 minutes, 21 seconds
Unabridged Formal Poem
1820

Shelley at his most playful (starting with the dedication to his wife, Frankenstein author Mary Shelley: “On her objecting to the following poem, upon the score of its containing no human interest.”), combining Greek and Egyptian myths into a fanciful meditation on creativity.

A longform poem of the fantastic, read by Alex Wilson.

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A Boy’s Will

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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by Robert Frost
45 minutes, 56 seconds
Unabridged Lyrical Poetry Collection
1913

A Boy’s Will is the first poetry collection by Robert Frost. Includes 32 poems, painting pictures of New England and tackling Frost’s famously grand themes of isolation, death, coming of age (in literature and in life), and the world’s natural spirituality.

Part I:
Into My Own
Ghost House
My November Guest
Love and a Question
A Late Walk
Stars
Storm Fear
Wind and Window Flower
To a Thawing Wind
A Prayer in Spring
Flower-Gathering
Rose Pagonias
Asking for Rosas
Waiting–Afield at Dusk
In a Vale
A Dream Pang
In Neglect
The Vantage Point
Mowing
Going for Water
Part II
Revelation
The Trial by Existence
In Equal Sacrifice
The Tuft of Flowers
Spoils of the Dead
Pan with Us
The Demiurge’s Laugh

Part III
Now Close the Windows
A Line-Storm Song
October
My Butterfly
Reluctance

Note: The podcast includes only the first third of the collection. The complete, unabridged poems are included in the downloadable bundles.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Casey at the Bat (and two sequels)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

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by Ernest L Thayer (Phinn) and Grantland Rice
12 minutes, 5 seconds
Unabridged Baseball Poetry
1888, 1907, 1910

Three baseball classics:

  • Casey at the bat (Thayer/Phinn)
  • Mudville’s Fate (Rice)
  • Casey’s Revenge (Rice)

Ernest L Thayer (writing under the pen name “Phinn”) wrote the baseball classic Casey at the Bat: “A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888″ for the San Fransisco Examiner. In the century since, the poem has spawned hundreds of sequels, including a handful of updates by sports columnist Grantland Rice.

Just in time for baseball season 2005! Read by Alex Wilson.

Note the podcast contains “Casey at the Bat” only; download the full archive for all three pieces.

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Chicago Poems

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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by Carl Sandburg
2 hours, 15 minutes
Unabridged Free Verse Poetry Collection
1916

This complete collection includes the Telltale Weekly recordings of all 7 volumes of Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, originally sold individually as

  1. Chicago Poems – 55 poems – 65 minutes
  2. Handfuls – 11 poems – 4 minutes
  3. War Poems 1914-1915 – 11 poems – 11 minutes
  4. The Road and the End – 11 poems, 10 minutes
  5. Fogs and Fires – 28 poems – 17 minutes
  6. Shadows – 9 poems – 6 minutes
  7. Other Days (1900-1910) – 23 poems – 22 minutes

Read by Alex Wilson.





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The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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by Robert W Service
1 hour, 19 minutes
Unabridged Lyrical Poetry Collection
1907

Robert W Service Spell of the Yukon

Thirty-four accessible, adventurous poems including the famous narrative oft-memorized poems “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” This collection has also been published as “Songs of a Sourdough.”

Read by Craig R Currier. Podcast includes the poem “My Madonna.” Complete audiobook collection (in the downloadable archives above) includes:




The Land God Forgot
The Spell of the Yukon
The Heart of the Sourdough
The Three Voices
The Law of the Yukon
The Parson’s Son
The Call of the Wild
The Lone Trail
The Pines
The Lure of Little Voices
The Song of the Wage Slave
Grin
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
The Cremation of Sam McGee
My Madonna
Unforgotten


The Reckoning
Quatrains
The Men that Don’t Fit In
Music in the Bush
The Rhyme of the Remittance Man
The Low-Down White
The Little Old Log Cabin
The Younger Son
The March of the Dead
Fighting Mac
The Woman and the Angel
The Rhyme of the Restless Ones
New Year’s Eve
Comfort
The Harpy
Premonition
The Tramps
L’Envoi



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