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4.00724637681159 out of 54.00724637681159 out of 54.00724637681159 out of 54.00724637681159 out of 54.00724637681159 out of 5 4.01 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Billy Collins Narrator: Billy Collins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780739320129
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In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only.

Performed by the author at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City, Billy Collins reads 24 of his poems, including "Dharma" --a spiritual yet humbling ode to man's best friend, "The Lanyard--an amusing recollection about the popular, if not pointless, summer camp pastime, and "Consolation" --a tongue-in-cheek reflection of a cancelled European trip, and the benefits of staying home instead. In addition to the poetry readings, Collins also spends some time in a brief question and answer session where he reflects on what makes good poetry, his own process of reaching his audiences as a poet, the success of his Poetry 180 programs in schools nationwide, and an amusing sidebar on his memories growing up as an only child. At times pensive and sardonic, amusing and subtly sarcastic, Billy Collins Live celebrates both the simple and the complex in a language that appeals to all. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sari Lynn | 12/22/2013

    " Billy Collins makes poetry accessible even to those of us (like me) who think they don't enjoy or understand it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/19/2013

    " Only 4 stars because it wasn't long enough. I live Billy Collins. He is an Everyman poet, speaks plainly and beautiful. I love the music of his words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 12/13/2013

    " It is a treat to hear Billy Collins recite his poetry. The introduction by Bill Murray is funny and smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Gaston | 12/1/2013

    " Enjoyable. A nice break in the stream of novels. What my Dad might have called a "wry sense of humor." I'll search out and read more from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/11/2013

    " Nice diversion. Intro by Bill Murray is equally fun! Loved the Lanyard and the Medieval Memories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Esposito | 10/25/2013

    " The poet is not only talented, but he is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/19/2013

    " My favorite poet. Hearing him read is a wonderful way to see the humor in the poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 9/13/2013

    " Billy Collins shows that poetry doesn't have to be hard to understand. His humor and observations of everyday life make this a wonderful audiobook. Great intro by Bill Murray, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiuho | 9/5/2013

    " It was really fun. The way he express his poem was very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/20/2013

    " Reading Billy Collins is a terrific experience, but LISTENING to him read his poems is hilarious and transcendent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pri | 4/20/2013

    " Fantastic. I love his poetry and loved, even more, getting both to hear it in his own words and to hear his funny little openings. Giving new meaning to some of my favorites of his. If you enjoy his poetry, hear it from him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 1/27/2013

    " Great stuff. Billy Collins is as much a comedian and entertainer as he is a poet. So, his art and delivery are witty and accessible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/16/2012

    " This CD of Billy Collins reading his poetry live is phenomenal. I would challenge anyone who says they don't like poetry to listen to this. And for those of us who already do, you can appreciate rare stroke of brilliance. Billy Collins is great to read, but much better to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 9/23/2012

    " What a wonderful audiobook! Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Archibald | 8/18/2012

    " Life-changing. Loved every poem, laughed out loud, loved the commentary between poems. Hurrah for Billy Collins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/14/2012

    " Phenomenal! He's a great reader and his poetry is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce Holt | 3/17/2012

    " I listened to various parts of this 4 times before returning it to the library. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/30/2012

    " Amazing poetry! Recently, Billy Collins visited Nashville and I heard him read his poetry and answer questions from the audience. It was thrilling to me and I wanted to ask the question, how do you think poetry writing different or similar to song-writing. But I was chicken. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 11/25/2011

    " Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, reads 24 of his poems and offers comments, reflections and insights into each one. Introduction by Bill Murray. Funny and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Micki | 7/31/2011

    " I've never thought of myself as someone who enjoyed poetry, but Billy Collins changes all that! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/11/2011

    " I didn't particularly love Billy Collins until I listened to this audio version with an introduction by Bill Murray. Very funny. So funny and entertaining my unpoetic husband listened to it with enjoyment during a road trip. A favorite for audio collections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chiuho | 6/30/2011

    " It was really fun. The way he express his poem was very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryce | 2/10/2011

    " I listened to various parts of this 4 times before returning it to the library. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 4/19/2010

    " Enjoyable. A nice break in the stream of novels. What my Dad might have called a "wry sense of humor." I'll search out and read more from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 4/17/2010

    " The poet is not only talented, but he is hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 4/11/2010

    " What a wonderful audiobook! Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayneeta | 12/16/2009

    " Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, reads 24 of his poems and offers comments, reflections and insights into each one. Introduction by Bill Murray. Funny and thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 8/17/2009

    " Phenomenal! He's a great reader and his poetry is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 5/29/2009

    " Billy Collins shows that poetry doesn't have to be hard to understand. His humor and observations of everyday life make this a wonderful audiobook. Great intro by Bill Murray, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pri | 5/27/2009

    " Fantastic. I love his poetry and loved, even more, getting both to hear it in his own words and to hear his funny little openings. Giving new meaning to some of my favorites of his. If you enjoy his poetry, hear it from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/19/2009

    " This CD of Billy Collins reading his poetry live is phenomenal. I would challenge anyone who says they don't like poetry to listen to this. And for those of us who already do, you can appreciate rare stroke of brilliance. Billy Collins is great to read, but much better to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 5/8/2009

    " Life-changing. Loved every poem, laughed out loud, loved the commentary between poems. Hurrah for Billy Collins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 5/7/2009

    " Amazing poetry! Recently, Billy Collins visited Nashville and I heard him read his poetry and answer questions from the audience. It was thrilling to me and I wanted to ask the question, how do you think poetry writing different or similar to song-writing. But I was chicken. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi | 8/26/2008

    " It is a treat to hear Billy Collins recite his poetry. The introduction by Bill Murray is funny and smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 8/24/2008

    " Poetry doesn't get better than this
    Hearing Collins read his own work is astonishing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/20/2008

    " My favorite poet. Hearing him read is a wonderful way to see the humor in the poems. "

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About the Author
Author Billy CollinsBilly Collins is the author of six collections of poetry, including Sailing Alone Around the Room; Questions About Angels; The Art of Drowning; and Picnic, Lightning. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York. Collins is the Poet Laureate of the United States.