The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Read by Jeremy Irons (Unabridged) - T S Eliot
Since I already own TS Eliot reading The Waste Land and Four Quartets, I almost did not buy this, but I am so glad I did. Jeremy Irons is a gifted reader (already proven by his unsurpassed read of "Lolita"). Plus this contains more poems than I was expecting. (There is no track list, not even on Faber's website--at least that I could find). This recording includes 44 poems. All the major poems from Eliot's "Collected Poems: 1909-1962" are here (which means the minor, occasional, foreign language, unfinished, and excerpts from his play are not included) The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets are divided across multiple tracks. "The Old Possum Books of Practical Cats" finishes up the last set of tracks 59-73. This recording really could have used a downloadable PDF with a track list but since none is included, I typed up my own. Eileen Atkins shares the reading of "The Waste Land." In my opinion, the best reading of "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" is by an unknown female reader on the Jan 2008 episode of the Intro to Poetry podcast (LearnOutLoud). She captures the satirical tone in a delightful way. Jeremy Irons reads that poem somewhat like TS Eliot himself read it, which is also fine, but I especially love her rendition. Otherwise, would highly recommend this great collection read by Irons, the master! Love his dramatic voice that helps me to discover new elements and rhythms in the poems that I missed before. Have no doubt that I will treasure this.