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Helena

Helena COBH, Ireland Member Since 2012
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    I have a book bucket list and this was one of the books on the list. Thank the universe for Audiobooks because without it i would never get to have the experience of masterpieces such as this. Enjoyed immensely and that was due in no small way to the excellence of the Narrator. I recommend.

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    Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    Helena says: "Superb"
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  • "Straw slippers"

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    After hearing these two readings I feel I have to try to distill the essence of the stories into as few words as possible. Reflecting the world in a microcosm, distilling life into a haiku poem is illustrated by these two masters of the art. Hojoki's descriptions of the destructive force of the elements - fire, air and earth are terrifyingly vivid and Basho's haiku poems inspired by his travels evoke unforgettable images in one's mind. The beauty of the county conjures up the ink sketches and lyrical woodblock prints of Japanses artists like Hokusai.

    It is nice to hear poems in Japanese translated and read by Togo Igawa; to sympathize with the sufferings and hardships of the journey or to feel touched by a parting gift of straw slippers from a friend on the journey.

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    The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Matsuo Basho, Kamo no Chomei
    • Narrated By Togo Igawa
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    The Narrow Road to the Interior and Hojoki are two of the best-loved works of their kind; famous for their beautiful, delicate verse and subtle insight into the human condition. It has been said of The Narrow Road that 'it was as if the very soul of Japan had itself written it'. It takes the form of a travel diary, and traces the poet's journey from Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to the northern interior.

    Rogayah says: "Straw slippers"

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