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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dylan Thomas Narrator: Richard Burton Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richelle | 2/10/2014

    " One of my all time favourites, and if you get a chance listen to Dylan read Under Milk Wood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/10/2014

    " I'm a fan of Thomas generally so I enjoyed this. Some lovely moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 1/26/2014

    " Richard Burton, as the narrator, is truly majestic. Dylan Thomas' South Wales masterpiece with a full cast recording. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Emry | 1/23/2014

    " This is a play for voices, which I was part of in elementary school. It is a beautiful example of Dylan Thomas's language, and poetic sense of irony. I remember the narrator's opening line almost verbatim: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black. The houses are dark as moles tonight, and moles sleep fine in their snouting velvet dingles. (Check and see how close I am!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/20/2014

    " You can easily tell that Dylan Thomas is a poet through this play of his. That being said, I'm not sure how I feel about it. There was definitely a lot of detail and characterization, but no real plot. The play is about the waking-up and going-to-sleep of a Welsh town called Milk Wood, and that's about it. I guess when I read a play, I expect some action- I don't expect to just read some poetry. Granted, Dylan Thomas is a great poet; it's just not exactly what I look for in a play. There was also a little Too much detail, so that it was hard to follow some of the characters simply because there were so many of them! But still not a waste of time to read, since it is Dylan Thomas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/15/2014

    " Why do I love this so much? I first heard it on a record borrowed from the public library when I was a kid. I found a copy as an adult in a bookstore in London. The voices bring the little town to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard Fox | 1/6/2014

    " This play was adapted by Lingard Goulding and preformed as a Headfort school play in 1981 and 1982 by a cast of 6 playing 36 parts. As one of the actors at the time, it was amazing experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Riley | 1/5/2014

    " Actually I'm listening to one of the versions read by Richard Burton for the BBC. Now that's the way to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Macinnis | 12/29/2013

    " I fell in love with this at first hearing -- I think I had just started university, and I had yet to discover how playful other people were with words. I was playful myself, but never in front of others -- and others seemed equally bashful. It played on the radio, and I bought it the next day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/25/2013

    " I was lucky enough to hear this first read by Richard Burton, and later on a scratchy recording By Thomas himself. If you read it yourself, you must read aloud, rolling the words off your tongue until you are giddy. It is lyrical, sensuous, confessional,funny and - forgiving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Af | 12/6/2013

    " A little twee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gannon Daniels | 11/7/2013

    " Jill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boris Gregoric | 10/6/2013

    " Musical marvel best enjoyed if read aloud. Top it off with the BBC's famous wireless production starring Richard Burton. Radio 'plays for voices' have never sounded better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 9/30/2013

    " I read it out loud, or more whispered it so nobody would hear me. So lovely although I am quite thirsty now. It reminded me of Orlando. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eamon | 8/5/2013

    " I've listened to the BBC recording of the audio play so many times. It has so much life and character in the language - definitely something that gets better when read aloud or listened to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Nicolello | 8/5/2013

    " astonishing, particularly the rare audio of richard burton reading the play i've recently obtained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Littrell | 4/18/2013

    " Probably the best work by one of my favorite poets. My oldest son is named Dylan. 'Nuff said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Brooks | 2/25/2013

    " Beautiful work. Having visited and enjoyed Laugharne in Wales myself, added to the atmosphere and sense of scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Avril | 12/30/2012

    " Read this and start yer dreamin'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 12/18/2012

    " I don't know how to rate this. But OMG, I had forgotten what a wonderful voice Richard Burton had. I was listening to this in the car and I could just listen over and over, regardless of what he is reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 8/29/2012

    " I like the concept of this play. It is confusing at first but then makes sense. i think it would probably better after a second reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janna | 7/31/2012

    " Reads like one long, intricate poem. I was entranced by the language and some of the imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/26/2012

    " Wonderful. funny and sad, beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 1/23/2012

    " Do yourself a favor and listen to or see a production of this one. I don't think you can appreciate it unless you do that. At least read it aloud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasmin | 10/30/2011

    " To-read all the time. Quick and perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/24/2011

    " Actually I'm listening to one of the versions read by Richard Burton for the BBC. Now that's the way to do it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 karla | 3/20/2011

    " Not the most clear or easy-to-read books I've read of late, but Thomas' word choice, composition, and brilliant imagery is enough to make it a great read...and then some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eamon | 10/25/2010

    " I've listened to the BBC recording of the audio play so many times. It has so much life and character in the language - definitely something that gets better when read aloud or listened to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna | 8/6/2010

    " Simply no one, no one, writes like Dylan Thomas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 7/27/2010

    " Under Milkwood. by Dylan Thomas (1954) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David (Dafydd) | 7/19/2010

    " The sheer command of language is overwhelming "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 1/11/2010

    " Outstanding to read, even better to hear and simply magical to perform. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/19/2009

    " Very much a salve for a country battered to bits by bombing raids and V2 rockets: values, and morality in the rubble. Identity; the dark nigtht of the soul; the Freudian imagination.

    Then there is how it very much influenced Thornton Wilder, with his 'Our Town'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June anne | 6/6/2009

    " funny, observant and full of hysterical characters "

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About the Author
Author Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953) was a Welsh poet best known for his poems “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” and “Fern Hill.” He also wrote many short stories, film scripts, and broadcast stories and did a series of lecture tours in the United States.

About the Narrator

Richard Burton (1925–1984), born in Wales, was a renowned, award-winning actor of stage and screen. He was one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period and at one time the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He won a BAFTA, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Tony Awards for Best Actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but without ever winning. His awards include a 1975 Grammy Award for Best Children’s Recording, for The Little Prince. He also narrated Jeff Wayne’s musical version of The War of the Worlds, his performance becoming a necessary part of the concept album. Widely admired for his command and understanding of English poetry, he insisted that his way out of an impoverished Welsh childhood was due not to acting but to books; he read one a day and was an avid fan of Shakespeare. Although he is widely known for his Tony Award-winning role playing King Arthur in the original production of Lerner and Loewe’s Broadway musical Camelot, he also won a reputation as the best Hamlet of his generation.