Did You Get Your Love Poems Yet?

Richard Armitage Classic Love Poems

Are you one of those fans who could listen to Richard Armitage read the phone book? Well, he’s done something much better. He has a little gift for us at Valentine’s. He’s recited 15 classic love poems, and they’re free.

If you’re one of those who is not sure about Richard’s voice work, a little taste:

So what are you waiting for? Oh, you don’t have an Audible account? No big deal unless you’re like a friend of mine who will not give up her name and email unless it’s life and death. Yeah, she’s paranoid. Frankly, I don’t blame her. But I understand she relented for this. :D

For those who downloaded and you’re like me and want to know exactly where certain poems are located, here you go:

00:00 1st Chapter – How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barret Browning

01:22 2nd Chapter – Sonnet 116 by Shakespeare

02:23 3rd Chapter – Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

04:20 4th Chapter – To Be One With Each Other by George Eliot

04:47 5th Chapter – Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson

08:15 6th Chapter – To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell

10:34 7th Chapter – Bright Star by John Keats

11:41 8th Chapter – Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

12:33 9th Chapter – 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 by the Apostle Paul

13:30 10th Chapter – Meeting at Night by Robert Browning

14:19 11th Chapter – The Dream by Edna St. Vincent Millay

15:24 12th Chapter – The Passionate Shepherd to His Love by Christopher Marlowe

16:48 13th Chapter – I Carry Your Heart by e e cummings

18:08 14th Chapter – She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron

19:21 15th Chapter – Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

note: times are at “normal” speed and are approximate.


Richard,

Thank you for the Valentine’s gift. Your voice is my favorite aspect of your talent. I have adored it from my first introduction to your work, but I never thought to hear you recite something like this:

I’m enjoying all of the poems, but that one is especially appreciated, and I’m certain there are others who feel the same.

Thank you again,
A sometimes crazy fan

P.S. Love the video explaining how you see poetry. And love.

A Meme, a Meme, My Kingdom for a Meme!

Richard Armitage Vine that Line HamletHave I ever mentioned Twitter is one helluva cocktail party? That’s how I think of it. But maybe you’re not quite there with me. Close your eyes and imagine two male geeks, aka loveable and knowledgeable gentlemen, standing together at the side of the room at said party, and they’re discussing a heady subject such as Yorick and their new version of him in an audiobook of Hamlet which they have written and just published. They stray into wistful thoughts of their book becoming a bestseller. In that vein and as a lovely surprise to debut it, their publisher invites the narrator — one tall, dark and handsome Englishman with a voice to die for — to make a personal appearance at the party where he reads a line from the book.

Others at the party have been invited to do the same. Fortunately, a well-known jester, who no one dreams would be listening, offers his Hamlet soundbite and quickly engages those in the entire room or enough of them to be newsworthy and has the fevered party goers rushing out to buy the book in a short (yes, some are shorter than others) 24 hour period thereby making it a bestseller.* Phew!

Gotta love Twitter for its ability to facilitate a worldwide party while we’re consuming. And even if I’ve been a wallflower lately, I still enjoy watching and am glad for Hartley and Hewson not to mention Richard Armitage.

I hope some other authors are taking notes.

*I don’t know the actual time period, but I know it was short. And yeah, I don’t have the sequence of events exactly right. Doesn’t matter. The point is the same. [This comment is for all of you anal fans. So is this one below. :D]

Dear Mssrs. Hartley and Hewson,

My apologies for Richard III’s appearance, but I am running a Richard Armitage fan site, and RIII tends to rear his head at times.

Love the book!

Signed,
A Crazy fan, who’s a member of Audible

P.S. Did you ever think you would be connected with Ice-T when you started this endeavor? ;-)

Any puns are intentional.

Go Ahead and Buy Macbeth

I’m talking to myself, but then A.J. Hartley has us all in a stir with his news this evening, and I had to purchase his Macbeth. I bought the audio book as well. It’s performed by Alan Cumming, and so far it sounds great. I have high hopes of it being worth it to the end. As for Alan, in short he is interesting. Go here if you want to check him out.

514SOJylF9L._SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_I hate to admit it, but my first thought of him was as the bad guy in Spy Kids. That tells you where my head’s been the last 15 years. I’m going to forget all of that this evening and listen to an adaptation of my favorite Shakespearean play, and a role I long to to see Richard Armitage perform on stage at some point.

Oh, and if you own a Kindle, in the U.S. you can borrow the book and add on the Audible version via Whisper Sync for only $4.99. Not a bad deal.

Okay, I bought this too while I was at it.

Back to listening.