• Many Miles

  • Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver
  • By: Mary Oliver
  • Narrated by: Mary Oliver
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording Audiobook
  • Release date: 14-01-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (14 ratings)


Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second CD from best-selling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of 37 previously published poems and four as yet uncollected, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry - from her classic nature writing, to her verses for her mischievous bichon Percy, to her ever-deepening spiritual poems. Many Miles will be a most welcome addition to the collections of her fans.
©2010 Mary Oliver (P)2014 Beacon Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Elspeth Murray on 14-06-16

Beautiful poetry - needs space to sink in

I love Mary Oliver & her beautiful poetry. It's great to hear her reading them herself. There is so much to relish in this collection.

However, there is not enough space at the end of each poem. It's hard to tell sometimes where one poem ends & the next begins - the pauses within the poem are sometimes longer than the pauses between. This is a formatting issue that Audible people should sort out. Even switching to the Sleep mode that pauses play at the end of each. Chapter doesn't help - despite each poem being a separate chapter. In some cases, the title of the next poem is cut in half, one word being at the end of the last poem and the rest at the start of the next poem. These slap-dash production values do not match the superb quality of the poetry and the reading. I've heard Mary Oliver perform her work live and she paces things beautifully. Please please poetry audiobook people, pay attention to the silence at the end of a poem so that we can pause and be astonished!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jiminy piminy on 27-01-16

Lovely, but...

The poems are exquisite, and who better to read than the author BUT each poem follows so quickly on the one before that the listening experience is uncomfortable

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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret E. Hess on 18-02-17

Thank you for being slow & speaking of beauty.

Would you consider the audio edition of Many Miles to be better than the print version?

"The flowers I want to bring to you, still pale and wet" she says in her own voice, instead of touching finger over lines, and she does, a bouquet of reds and blues, brighter than any sunset. (Yes.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Many Miles?

For me it is the little mice running through her imagery, next to the pine cone she brings to our hands, opening in a happy place, as poems bring us.

What about Mary Oliver’s performance did you like?

I love how with her poetry she proves the delightful point that poetry is relevant, that all of us need poetry, if well written, or if clunky and in our own minds, we still need the poetry. I love how she enters my mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Invitation to Happiness

Any additional comments?

The poem about water, so relevant, so important, proving the vitality of mystery.

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5 out of 5 stars
By gk bridges-Tollison on 25-08-16


Beautifully read by the poet. A treat for the music alone. Takes outside inside, and vice versa.

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