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The poems are beautiful but you would never know it from this version. They are badly read with little expression and the titles are omitted so it is impossible to know when one ends and the next begins. The pace is too fact and the reader has made beautiful poetry sound no more interesting than reciting a page from the phone book. If I could rate this with less than one star I would, I'm so disappointed with this purchase.
I had this book as a child and even now I find that those familiar lines and comforting rhythms soothing and uplifting. Judith Anderson has the perfect voice (in my opinion) for these poems, reading with enthusiasm and warmth, it is almost impossible to remain miserable after listening to this lovely audiobook.
The publisher's summary is for the print version, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Obviously, the audio version isn't illustrated by anyone, but I own the version referred to in the summary, and I bought the audiobook to go along with it.
Unfortunately, the poems are not in the same order in this version as they are in my print version. The reader does not read the title of each verse, making it difficult to figure out where she is.
These poems are known for being particularly "child friendly". They were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's own childhood. They create vivid pictures of fairy worlds and imaginary ships and pleasant villages. The narrator sounds as if she's standing alone in the middle of a cold, empty room, and her dreary recitations would be better suited to Poe's macabre The Raven than to Stevenson's whimsical The Land of Nod or My Bed Is a Boat.
I don't know if there are better versions of A Child's Garden of Verses out there, but this one is decidedly disappointing.
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