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Download Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rainer Maria Rilke Narrator: Stephen Mitchell Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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The poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke addresses the issues of God, death, and destructive time. Rilke tries to transform these problems into an inner world, what he calls a whole inner world as if an angel, comprehending all space, were blind and looking into himself. Eminent author and translator Stephen Mitchell brings these ideas vividly to life in this new translation of Rilke's most transcendent works. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ruzmarì | 2/11/2014

    " I love it too much to write about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/10/2014

    " I feel like the Elegies were WAY better than the Sonnets... But what do I know? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jem | 2/3/2014

    " Dad read this to me at bedtime see . I must admit...it did put me to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 2/2/2014

    " I wish I was fancy enough to comment on this translation versus others. Alas, I am not fancy. Only deeply impressed by Rilke's elegies. I had read them before and enjoyed the terrifying angel, and Rilke's observation that terror must be attendant to beauty. But this reading, oh, this reading. If I had the eyes and mentality of an animal I might be able to do justice to all that is beautiful here. But I am only too human. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/31/2014

    " The Duino Eleegies are way better than the Sonnets to Orpheus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caio | 1/24/2014

    " It seems wrong to mark this as "read", as I don't think I will ever be done with it. There is infinity here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Klefstad | 1/23/2014

    " but you really need to read the German. All the salt and dirt is gone from the English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simona | 1/7/2014

    " Although I've been attached to the Edward Snow translation, I really liked the intuitive, organic quality of Poulin's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/23/2013

    " This book is astounding. I can't believe myself for not reading it sooner. POETRY. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/21/2013

    " I don't know what's going on for half of this book, but I'm not sure I care--that's how gorgeous some of these lines are. Really lovely and mysterious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stevie Lynne | 11/25/2013

    " so FUCKING good. like, SO fucking good. like he built a universe out of nothing. read the stephen mitchell translation-- not the one that's shown in this image. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Sams | 11/22/2013

    " The only poetry that's kept my attention during this my dollying year in Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 10/27/2013

    " I'm completely in love with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 7/26/2013

    " The ninth elegy is my favorite poem of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 6/22/2013

    " Not what I would recommend as starting Rilke-literature, but truly his jewels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christopher leibow | 2/5/2013

    " An OK translation of the Elegies, but an excellent translation of the Sonnets. It you know the Elegies you have to read the Sonnets, you will not be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne-marie | 10/13/2012

    " Stunning books, written about angels, touched by angels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Mitchell | 6/19/2012

    " These poems had a huge impact on me in college. Finally, poems about life! "...animals already know by instinct that we are not comfortably at home in our translated world." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 5/2/2012

    " I really enjoy Rilke's poetry, so I give it four stars. However, this translation leave something to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allen | 10/8/2011

    " One of the better translations I've read but it is hard to go wrong with RMRilke! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia Jung | 10/3/2011

    " You pick it up, you fall in love, you put it down, you skip to a different page, you get punched in the face, and you fall in love all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Nelson | 4/21/2011

    " beautiful. the sonnets to orpheus are memorable and divine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 3/27/2011

    " In a side-by-side this seemed the best translation...intro by Mark Doty is wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/10/2010

    " I feel like the Elegies were WAY better than the Sonnets... But what do I know? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 4/18/2010

    " This book is astounding. I can't believe myself for not reading it sooner. POETRY. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 11/7/2009

    " The ninth elegy is my favorite poem of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vera | 7/27/2009

    " Not what I would recommend as starting Rilke-literature, but truly his jewels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/21/2009

    " The only poetry that's kept my attention during this my dollying year in Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trauman | 3/18/2009

    " One of my all-time favorites. I will continue to read the Duino Elegies until the day I die. Amazing. I'll post more of a review later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/26/2008

    " One of the best translations I've read. Al Poulin would make Rilke sing to all his terrifying angels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/9/2008

    " I'm completely in love with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 11/29/2008

    " but you really need to read the German. All the salt and dirt is gone from the English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christopher | 11/21/2008

    " An OK translation of the Elegies, but an excellent translation of the Sonnets. It you know the Elegies you have to read the Sonnets, you will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darin | 11/19/2008

    " the robert hunter trans. of this book is awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/11/2008

    " I really enjoy Rilke's poetry, so I give it four stars. However, this translation leave something to be desired. "

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About the Author
Author Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) is considered one of the greatest poets who ever wrote in the German language. His most famous works are Sonnets to Orpheus, The Duino Elegies, Letters to a Young Poet, and The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His collected work is comprised of hundreds of other poems, essays, plays, and stories.

About the Narrator
Stephen Mitchell’s many books include the best-selling Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, The Gospel According to Jesus, Meetings with the Archangel, and The Frog Prince.