Poetry Please

  • by Adjoa Andoh
  • Narrated by Anton Lesser
  • 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked-for and most broadcast pieces ever: 50 of those poems are read here by Adjoa Andoh and Anton Lesser, both regular voices for the programme. The selection includes poems by : Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Blake, Rupert Brooke, Lord Byron, G.K. Chesterton, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, John Keats, Edward Lear, Sylvia Plath, Christina Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, William Wordsworth, and W.B. Yeats


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Customer Reviews

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I truly loved it.
Wonderful, clear narration overflowing with emotions.
I would highly recommend to anyone.
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- Georgi Vladkov Petkov

Listen to the words tentively spoken- Poetry

What did you like most about Poetry Please?

So far I have enjoyed the chosen poems selected, the pace it is read. I kept my attention to the details described, which always a good sign of a good buy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The poem I enjoyed was not based a particular character but rather the character of the town- Cambridge, the behaviour of the people down the behaviour of the trees branches.

What does Anton Lesser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As he sounds well read, he is able to bring meaning to words making it very clear to imagine. He uses expressions which keeps your ear close and attentive.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Poetry Fans fabulous favourites.

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- tywon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2014
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Ltd