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  • Many Miles

  • Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver
  • Written by: Mary Oliver
  • Narrated by: Mary Oliver
  • Length: 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Following the success of At Blackwater Pond, this second CD from best-selling poet Mary Oliver contains a selection of 37 previously published poems and four as yet uncollected, read by the poet in her steady, magnetic voice. Oliver recites from the full range of her poetry - from her classic nature writing, to her verses for her mischievous bichon Percy, to her ever-deepening spiritual poems. Many Miles will be a most welcome addition to the collections of her fans.

©2010 Mary Oliver (P)2014 Beacon Press

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Beautiful Poems

The one thing I would have liked is for there to be more silence between the poems rather than one starting abruptly after another. Other than that great read!

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This is a beautiful collection

The pace of the poetry and the pace of Mary Oliver’s dictation are the most perfectly paired that I could ever imagine.

Don’t even think about it. Just give yourself the gift of listening to this book.

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 2017-02-18

Thank you for being slow & speaking of beauty.

Would you consider the audio edition of Many Miles to be better than the print version?

"The flowers I want to bring to you, still pale and wet" she says in her own voice, instead of touching finger over lines, and she does, a bouquet of reds and blues, brighter than any sunset. (Yes.)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Many Miles?

For me it is the little mice running through her imagery, next to the pine cone she brings to our hands, opening in a happy place, as poems bring us.

What about Mary Oliver’s performance did you like?

I love how with her poetry she proves the delightful point that poetry is relevant, that all of us need poetry, if well written, or if clunky and in our own minds, we still need the poetry. I love how she enters my mind.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Invitation to Happiness

Any additional comments?

The poem about water, so relevant, so important, proving the vitality of mystery.

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  • gk bridges-Tollison
  • 2016-08-25

Natural

Beautifully read by the poet. A treat for the music alone. Takes outside inside, and vice versa.

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  • Linda Whitlow
  • 2015-09-10

Classic Oliver

Never a disappointment, always wonderful to hear her poetry in her own voice. Reading her beautiful reflections in print is one experience but having it read to you is such a treat!

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  • Sausalito Sally
  • 2020-05-24

Poems read aloud. Ahhh.

Some scholar said that poems were meant to be read aloud. And, I’ve never experienced any as these read aloud by their author, Mary Oliver. Her reading endows these exquisite observations with eloquent and moving language that moves me in every line. We miss you Mary Oliver.

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  • William James O'Neill
  • 2020-01-15

The poetry is splendid

So is her reading of it, since her voice finds the sense of it before starting, before sending out the first syllable, as though deer and cloud had once again, once again passed in silence. Passed to look upon you and your issues that melt so quickly, so quickly.
Notice if you care to that the poem titles that appear below as she speaks, have usually mistaken the actual words for some other phonetic closeness. As though the computer had gone mad, and edited her work. No matter. For matter and it’s atoms turn to laugh upon your contenance, before bursting yet again, into tears for the fox along the road.

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  • R. Piper
  • 2019-05-28

Beautiful but presentation needs work

Moving narration. Some poem titles are incorrect; poems run together - not enough time between them.

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  • Shipra Dutta
  • 2019-12-17

hear hear...

Mary whispers what I "need" to hear... the words help me believe in myself! now, I am alive!

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  • SarahsvatiBlue
  • 2019-09-26

Beautiful

Lush prose, lovingly written and read by the author; what more can you ask for? My new favorite.

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  • J. Robin Whitley
  • 2019-06-02

First Mary Oliver audiobook

Oliver is a favorite. Hearing her is blessing. I do wish there was a longer break between poems.

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  • r charity bryson
  • 2019-04-25

the earth blessed.

Mary Oliver gross the sacredness of the mother earth. Her death leaves a hole in the world of poetry . She received the Pulitzer prize for good reason.

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