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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Best Male Narrator, 2016

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

Included in this collection are:

  • "How do I love thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare
  • "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • "To Be One with Each Other" by George Eliot
  • "Maud" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell
  • "Bright Star" by John Keats
  • "Love's Philosophy" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • "Meeting at Night" by Robert Browning
  • "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe
  • "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
  • "Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

About the Performer

Richard Armitage is known to movie audiences around the world as "Thorin Oakenshield" in the trilogy of films based on The Hobbit. Born in Leicester, England, and trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Armitage has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and created memorable roles on Robin Hood, North & South, and other British TV series.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a wonderful recording by Richard Armitage of a lovely selection of classic love poems... his delivery moves one's heart, mind and soul!

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You'll want to hear Richard Armitage reading these

This is such a treat! Richard Armitage's liquid baritone hits all the right notes. You'll find yourself listening to the poems repeatedly, anticipating that slight inflection or pause that makes all the difference. I loved the Emerson poem best, but they are all a gift. Thank you Audible, and thank you Richard Armitage!

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Perfect Voice

Richard Armitage reads love poems with a voice like a goblet of Merlot poured from a thick glass decanter waiting next to crimson rose petals scattered across a chenille duvet over down and crisp linen laid out smooth on the feather bed with the maroon velvet bed curtains held back with but the loosest of ties.

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A beautiful gift

Thanks to Audible for this lovely free gift! 💕 It makes Valentines Day all the sweeter. Richard’s performance is, as always, impassioned and eloquent.

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SUBLIME.

Delightful and ethereal. Well done! Richard Armitage has been wonderful, almost divine and definitely perfect. All my respect. xx

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Perfection!

This is a lovely collection of some of my favorite poems. Richard Armitage's recitation is rich and heartfelt. So, so beautiful!

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Lovely.

A short Valentine's treat.
I have listened to Richard Armitage read Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, also. He is a marvelous narrator.

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BRILLIANT

Beautiful, lovely, feeling good voice of the amazing Richard Armitage. Love him to bits and pieces. Wonderful poems performed by the amazing Richard Armitage.

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Love RA

Very beautiful voice, so emotional and so touching, I listened to it before sleep which made my night sweet and fantastic

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My only complaint is that it isn't longer

Where does Classic Love Poems rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just one of the most lovely experiences I have had listening to an audiobook.

What other book might you compare Classic Love Poems to and why?

I've listened to some of the other poetry on Audible and this is just one of the best. Some favorite poems and a wonderful narrator.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

He has a beautiful reading voice and he gave the poems a lot of meaning.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did!

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  • bookylady
  • 02-10-15

Beautiful Poems, Balm For The Soul.

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Classic Love Poems the most enjoyable?

The selection of poems was fantastic and just right for the run-up to Valentines Day. There were poems that I had never heard plus some old, dear favourites. The subject matter made me stop working and really listen to the words. It was, therefore, very relaxing and uplifting. A real oasis of calm in the middle of a busy day.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

His voice is mesmerising, like melted chocolate or a glass of really good red wine. It allows me to drift off into another world, stress-free and calm, deeply satisfying. His diction is wonderful and the timbre is deep and sympathetic, romantic and full of expression.It is balm for the soul.He could read a shopping list and it would sound wonderful!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get ready to be romanced.

Any additional comments?

More of this narrator please!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-18

Pleasure

Mr Armitage brings these different poems to life. It is a pleasure to listen to such a lovely voice.

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  • Phoenix
  • 01-01-21

Beautiful

A lovely, short insight into some beautiful poems. Beautifully read. Highly recommend. Only wish there were more! Thank you audible.

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  • Bunnyhunt
  • 03-31-16

a little piece of heaven!

I listen to this whenever I am feeling sad or lonely. The beautiful sentiments are expressed with such warmth and sincerity by the soothing, expressive voice of Mr. Armitage. Pure heaven! Wish it was longer.

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  • Mariel
  • 02-10-16

A must-listen to all!

If you could sum up Classic Love Poems in three words, what would they be?

Exquisite. Delightful. Superb. There are not enough positive adjectives to describe these set of classic poems.

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've always loved Richard Armitage's voice, thinking back on the excerpt of North & South, which I heard him narrate. I haven't listened to any of his previous narrations, but I'm thinking about buying the whole lot now. He could be reading an instruction manual in any language and I'd still keenly listen to it.

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Brilliant collection of poems. Hope more comes with Mr Armitage reading them.

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  • Bretton Girl
  • 02-15-15

A Beautifully read collection of poems

A relatively broad span mixture of poems about love, mostly focusing on romantic love, but with a quote from 1Corinthians 13 vs 4 to 10, which refers to 'principled love', the Greeks had different words for love and agape is used in this scripture. Agape is love based on duty a love that should transcend personal feelings or bias, the kind of love that means one can love even an enemy.
The other recitations are about the ecstasy of romantic love, or the loss of a loved one and touch on the physical effects and emotional highs and lows of romance. All in all a nicely chosen collection, they were all comfortingly familiar and well known poems, but the pleasure of hearing them was enhanced by Mr Armitage's rich voice and perfect delivery.

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  • Laura day
  • 02-11-15

stunning

Would you consider the audio edition of FREE: Classic Love Poems to be better than the print version?

yes read with such purity and warmth

What did you like best about this story?

poems i love read by a artist i love

Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances? How does this one compare?

have listened to all and he does this absolute justice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

wept tears of pure joy

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Richard armitage has one of the best voices ,and brings words to life reaches right into your very soul

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  • 06-23-22

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-22

Words to woo you.

A marvellous mix of classic love poems mainly from the Romantic period, read impeccably, as usual, by Richard Armitage.

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  • Elefheria Kallikazarou
  • 05-10-22

wonderful

How beautiful poems! Richards Armitage's voice transcends and melts you.Its love by its own right.
Loved it

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  • Kate
  • 05-17-15

Relaxing Romance

A simple indulgence in beautiful words and beautiful voices, best listened to whilst luxuriating in a scented bath with a good glass of wine.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-14-15

Absolutely Beautiful

Loved every moment of it! All the beautifully written poems, the calming voice. I hadn't heard many of those poems before and I feel a little refreshed after hearing those. They were spoken beautifully by Richard Armitage and I recommend this audiobook to absolutely everyone.

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  • Laurie
  • 02-13-15

Classic Love Poems and Richard Armitage

Richard provides an amazing rendition of all these poems and I enjoy listening to them on repeat. Thank you Audible for teaming up with Richard to bring this series about.

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  • Fiona
  • 02-13-15

Very moved

Listening to Richard Armitage narrate these poems really moved me, and it was all the more better when he read my two favourite poems 'I carry your heart' and 'she walks in beauty' I'm really glad I got this now and will listen to it many times again :)

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  • Sally Nguyen
  • 07-30-19

wow my heart is fluttering

Richard Armitage did such a stellar job with the acting, with the breathlessness and the intense parts.
Really impressed with this as my first Audio book!

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  • 02-20-15

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