A classic BBC Radio full-cast production of Dylan Thomas' poetic play for voices starring Richard Burton as the narrator. To begin at the beginning: it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black....
When Richard Burton breathed the opening words of Under Milk Wood into a microphone, broadcasting history was made. For this 'play for voices' conjures up the intimate dreams and waking lives of the inhabitants of a Welsh seaside village in a remarkable way. It is bawdy and beautiful; its colourful characters lust and love, gossip and fantasise. Through the magic of language, 'Under Milk Wood' creates a rich modern pastoral which, once heard, touches the listener with its poetry and haunts the imagination for ever. This radio drama is the completed version broadcast in 1963, which includes several passages that were omitted from the first recording in 1954.
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Laughing at Nicola's 'review' above - betraying her ignorance and then giving one of the greatest works of 20th century verse a one star review because it turned out to be... who would have thought it... poetry.
I listen to snippets of this probably every day. The beginning, in Burton's extraordinary Welsh tones, get me every time - 'it is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black'. Funny, sad, and beautifully read and acted throughout. Sensational.
"Not a patch on the 1954 version"
I was very disappointed with this 'improved and extended version' as I've always loved the original broadcast. The voices and sounds of that broadcast are so deeply embedded in my memory that nothing else will do.
"Under Milk Wood"
Once heard never forgotten..it can't be bettered it haunts your memory and evokes a long-departed era that our modern times have left far behind us...Burton never was better than this..how I miss his voice..BBC at its very best.
"excellent welsh story"
as a kid this was one of the first stories that I remember being read to me, when I was older I managed to get it on tape, and I kept playing it as the characters intrigued me so much could not get enough of it not matter how often I listened to it, but over the year the tape wore out and I forgot everything about it until I joined Amazon and started using Kindle then I joined Audible what a great area to have books that you can listen to, guess what the first thing I bought was Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas I could not believe it when I downloaded and started to listen to it especially as it was narrated by Richard Burton with that strong voice and the lilt of the Welsh you felt you were in the place and watching and listening to the characters and you felt that you could actually see the place the way it was described even though no place exists, It is a lovely tale well read and told, i feel that all you listen to this and forget the world as it is and enjoy the story
if you ever want to drift away and let your imagination run away listen to the one and old Richard Burton
I first encountered "Under Milk Wood" when I was at school, many years ago. We went to the Belgrade Theatre, in Coventry, to see their production and it was simply splendid. When I came across this BBC production, with Richard Burton, as the narrator, I thought I would give it a go. WISE MOVE.
This production is simply BRILLIANT, with the characters all superbly portrayed, and the Narration by Richard Burton, providing the icing on the cake. Llugareb, and its residents are brought to life, in a way that only Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton could provide. An excellent audio book.
'Under Milkwood' is actually why I first decided to get into audiobooks, having heard an old cassette of this as a child. Memory did not disappoint. Richard Burton captivates. Dylan Thomas is wonderful. Try it if for no other reason than to listen to the music of the Welsh voice- 'Orrrgan Morrrgan'. Delicious!
"Poetry in Welsh"
Clearly had no idea what I was in for. The title is a classic so thought would be good to broaden my horizons. I actually didn't enjoy Richard Burtons narration. Lost the will to get to the end of the first chapter. Will give it another go. Ensure you understand this is a book that I would liken to a very long poem.
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