Musings With a Cuppa - The Poetry of Tea is a collection of original tea poetry dedicated to those who not only understand the complexity of creating a fine cuppa, but also appreciate the simplicity of its enjoyment. Although a product of this century, each poem embodies the flavor and spirit of Edwardian England. From the very beginning of the first verse the reader is taken back to the early 1900's where a gracious society was built on civility and decorum.
Musings With a Cuppa - The Poetry of Teais as essential at teatime as good company and fine conversation. So sit down with a cup in hand and, if only for a moment, enter the world of Earlene Grey.
Poetess Earlene Grey has been a patron of fine teas for nearly sixty years. Her poetry is a combination of personal insight and wisdom that is inspired by the properly brewed cuppa. Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Masters degree in Business Administration, Earlene followed the path of a hectic business career before arriving at Musings With a Cuppa - The Poetry of Tea. Now with the business world behind her, the time has come for Earlene to share her insights of life and the pleasures of a cuppa through ... The Poetry of Tea.
©2006 Earlene Grey (P)2012 Grey Publishing
While poetry about and around tea has potential to be quite good, the narration was very poor.
This was the first Earlene Grey that I've listened to and I won't be repeating the experience.
Her performance was grating and wooden. In some respects it was similar to listening to a young child reading. The words were read as they were written individually on the page but the reader lacked the confidence to string the words together to make them interesting or to sound anything other than just individual words. Something of a problem if you are going to narrate poetry.
This was a really disappointing listen. Particularly as it was the poet narrating her own work.
I listened to these poems with a cuppa and felt rather relaxed and uplifted afterwards. I enjoyed the gentle simplicity that they imparted, with the occasional dash of humour. As a lover of tea and poetry, I thought this was a pleasant audiobook.
"Good, but not great"
I was pleased that the authors' poetry was written from a Christian perspective, but her musings were simply not great poetry. Perhaps my expectations were too high, and the book did not cost very much, but I found the poetry to be unremarkable.
I did, in fact, enjoy this book with a cup of tea on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I admit that I used the speed enhancer button to speed her up, and maybe that was a mistake, but again, I just couldn't really get into it.
I could still recommend this book for the low price, just don't expect Lord Byron.
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