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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 11 pages
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060790830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060790837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dylan Thomas, born in 1914, began his career as a journalist in his native Swansea, Wales. He then moved to London where he worked in broadcasting and wrote film scripts, prose and drama to earn enough money to enable him to write what he most wanted to—poetry.

He lived colorfully, even recklessly, until his untimely death in New York City in 1953. One of the 20th century’s most treasured writers, Dylan Thomas was a master craftsman of poetic complexity and richly obscure imagery. Thomas’s genius is made clear in this landmark recording through the everlasting gift he has given the word—his voice.

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No other poet I know of -reads his own poetry as well as does Dylan Thomas.
Shalom Freedman
The readings are good, the explantions sometimes meandering but always enjoyable and highly listenable.
Stephen George
The pictures on the CD folders are the "album covers" reproduced from the records.
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Roberts on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The reviewer who called this a bad value is completely wrong. This set includes the COMPLETE Caedmon recordings of Thomas' incredible voice. Though a few of these original LP's were fairly common (Child's Christmas in Wales), many of the LPs were rare. People were bidding $50-$100 and up for some of these single LPs only recently. Here you have MANY CDs for the price of one! It would be nice to have an extensive book with this set, but you can always buy Dylan's books seperately. The set includes mini-LP cover sleeves for all of Thomas' original LP covers (though thin paper sleeves), another nice touch. Don't let this one get away. When it is out-of-print, it will probably go for $200-$300 and up!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Roger on May 17, 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
I enjoy sitting and listening to Dylan Thomas read to me; such a rich and wonderful voice. And contrary to what another reviewer has written, Under Milkwood is complete. While the liner notes do say 'From' Under Milkwood, the play is complete.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. Hebbron on July 11, 2005
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...as are Thomas's other works. Thomas was a skilled and lyrical writer and captures much of the musicality of Welsh speaking people in his works. While he is interesting to read it can be a trail for those not familair with Welsh culture, particularly now as the Welsh culture he speaks of is pretty much dead and gone. His musical poetic skills are brought beautifully to life when he reads to you and this is the only way to "do" Under Milk Wood, written as a play for radio but essentially an elongated poem of early 20th century Welsh life as Thomas himself knew it. Contrary to some beliefs expressed in reviewing this item, the play is complete, all the complex and strange villagers are present as are their stories.

What Thomas does best is to guide your imagination into his world and this set allows you to experience his work in the best way read by the man himself.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tantos libros... on March 23, 2009
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When you open the box pictured, you get three folders of CDs 1-4, 5-8, and 9-11 respectively. The pictures on the CD folders are the "album covers" reproduced from the records. There is a little pamphlet with info about recording Dylan Thomas written by Marianne Roney, one of the founders of Caedmon. Each CD opens with a spoken intro by Billy Collins.

There is a great mish-mash of selections here. That might be my only criticism, the organization. It's hard to discern the order just from looking at it...why not put an entire album on the same CD, rather than breaking it up? For example, they put some poems from "Dylan Thomas Reading Over Sir John's Hill and Other Poems" on CD 1 and others on CD 2, and I'm curious why.

Still, the collection is great--I'm not sure if it is supposed to be complete or not (I don't see anything on it that claims that), but there is a good plenty here to keep a person listening for a long while at any rate. His voice is wonderful and it's easy to understand why they recorded so much of him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen George on May 27, 2007
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Excellent cd series.

Thomas' pipe-organ voice resonates on every track.

His wit and humor pushes the envelope for its time. Bobby socksers,the hang-over of those early Cold War years,post war America full of booms and busts and Levit-towns. Picture too a staid America, the 1950s campus life just before "the Cool" hit, before the Folk revival scene, pre Beats.

Now enter the mop-headed Welsh bard replete with his double entendre openings to audiences. Audiences who are mostly undergrads and academics. Thomas has them laughing in all the right places ... its poetry without a laugh track or safety net.

The readings are good, the explantions sometimes meandering but always enjoyable and highly listenable.

Recommend this to any school teachers, lovers of poetry, Britophiles, students... with a willingness to sit back, listen and have a master of the craft weave vistas of Welsh seaside villages, lush countrysides, closed gray coal pits, lecherous and harmless characters and everywhere there are forests to see for the trees.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
No other poet I know of -reads his own poetry as well as does Dylan Thomas.

There is the rich melliflousness and the booming strength- there is the mystery of the sounded word made musical. There is too the dramatic play and fun of a large childlike soul , suddenly sad and then in an instant mockingly critical.

Poetry is the deepest expression of feeling in words.

In this sense Thomas is an especially poet , whose poems can be felt not only when read in silence, but most especially when sounded by his own majestic and magnificent voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oso77 on January 21, 2007
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I was originally looking for poet's readings of his famous Under Milkwood play when I bumped into this gem. It has everything a D.Thomas fan might want. WHile the sound quality is at times rather poor, this is by far the fullest collection which I highly recomend to anyone who enjoys poetry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill Staley on November 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
my favorites are fern hill, do not go, death by fire, craft and sullen art, no dominion. Also child's christmas. Do not expect to like or even tolerate every entry. But the ones that you do like, there is nothing else in the world like Dylan Thomas reading aloud.

I also found somewhere him reading To My Son Aged Eight by John Betjeman, which is a great, heartbreaking poem, read wonderfully, and an interesting counterpoint to do not go.

These have been on my ipods for years and I still love to hear them.

I also like the Voice of the Poet series with T.S. Eliot reading his poems aloud. Wish I could find someone reading aloud Tennyson and Matthew Arnold.
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