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The Nation's Favourite Poems

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Publisher's Summary

In a nationwide poll conducted by BBC Television's Bookworm to find the nation's favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling's "If" was voted number one. This compilation brings together over 40 poems from the poll, including the top 10, all stirringly read by John Nettles, Siobhàn Redmond, Greg Wise, and Emma Fielding.

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    Peter Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 12/03/2008
    Peter Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 12/03/2008
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    "The Nation's Favourite Poems"

    This really is excellent, all the readers are very, very good but I feel John Nettles shines, especially his reading of the 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Unfortunately this is, in my opinion, the weak point as it gives us all of this epic and I would have been happier with the inclusion of some of the other poems in the book which have been omitted. Or indeed have a longer CD (or download).

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08/06/2016
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    "Bad format, two chapters"

    I loved both the poems and narrators great performance. However, I'm really disappointed with the format of this audiobook, there's only two chapters. It will be nearly impossible to find a specific poem, unless it has been bookmarked, which should not be necessary. I really wish they could have made each poem as a chapter or maybe at least grouped them by author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    r a clarke 14/11/2015
    r a clarke 14/11/2015
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    "great poems but badly designed / organised audio b"

    great poems but the audio book does not allow to filter by each poem.
    this is really annoying especially as there is no content page either. very poorly designed audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lee 12/05/2015
    lee 12/05/2015
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    "Total bliss"

    Poems selected here = nostalgia, contemplation, wisdom, heart-ache, passion, endearments, peace, security. The most delicious listening. Thank you so, audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 19/10/2016
    M 19/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "separate poems not in separate chapters"

    The poems are great and read well however it is very frustrating that the poems aren't in different (and ideally labelled) chapters. Also there is excessive musical interludes between them.

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    Mrs 06/08/2016
    Mrs 06/08/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "great intro to poetry"

    all the great classical and beloved poems. great for students and poerty newbies. I recommend this for long summer evenings.

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    Mr. R. Thomas UK 04/08/2016
    Mr. R. Thomas UK 04/08/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "great book no advantage to buying it on audible"

    lack of reference makes it almost impossible to choose a particular poem. Get your act together Audible

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    Simon 31/10/2015
    Simon 31/10/2015
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    "Feel good, feel enriched"

    A wonderful collection of poems, wonderful to listen to while walking the dogs - or doing anything actually!

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  • Niamh
    Powell, OH, United States
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    "Love the poems from my school days and beyond!"
    What did you love best about The Nation's Favourite Poems?

    I remember when they were voted for and have to concur with the number one and most of my favourites were way up there.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    John Nettles performing "If" was very moving.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Poetry is very moving and I had to read a lot of it at school so it was great to hear it again, I have the full tapes but having this abridged version for my Kindle is great.


    Any additional comments?

    Its often hard to get stuff from my home country on Kindle so this was a nice surprise. I would love to see more stuff available for Kindle. Real copies are so yesterday, actually I have no more room to store them!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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