• Rumi's Book of Poetry

  • By: Rumi
  • Narrated by: Linda Fitak
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rumi's Book of Poetry is a wonderful collection of 50 of Rumi's most notable poems. If you are a Rumi lover or new to Rumi's poetry, this collection of Rumi's poetry will be a great listen.

Public Domain (P)2018 Our Life Publishing

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I was engaging while listening to the first couple of poems, but after about 15 minutes the melodic narration of poetry made me sleepy.

People who are not familiar with Rumi's poetry may find it helpful to read along as they listen to the narration until they become more familiar with the content. For me, seeing the structure of the poem and names/words I'm not familiar with makes listening a deeper, more engaging experience.

The narrator has a British accent which added a nuance to the interpretive reading (how and which words were emphasized) and this sometimes jarred me as I was not expecting it or did not emphasize the same word as I was mentally reciting the poems in my head. I would have preferred a more neutral narration just because this is poetry and it carries it's own inflection and lyricism. The performance of the narrator was clear, well enunciated and smoothly delivered.

I would recommend this audiobook for people who aren't sure how to interpret poetry or who enjoy the musical cadence of lyric recitation.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Saved by the Rumi.

I deeply love the work of Rumi, unfortunately the narrator's voice was distracting and irritating.

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An Enjoyable Listen

I enjoyed listening to this book of poetry. It would have been better if the narrator hadn't had an accent but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I feel a narrator with very little to no accent would have been better.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • bHDGSD
  • 03-28-20

Hard to comprehend

The reading was a little too fast-paced for me with no real pauses or gaps. The tone made it difficult to find rhythm or meaning and read as a little flat. I'm sure others might have a very different experience, perhaps if they know the tone of these poems beforehand, but the reading could have used more feeling - more oomph. A little disappointing. Some music between poems or in the background would have been nice and added a beautiful immersion. I love Rumi, but I did not get past the first chapter unfortunately.