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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 32 mins
Categories: Classics, Poetry
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A bird of good omen is murdered. A fickle crew is punished by supernatural, spectral beings. A skeletal ship is sighted moving against the wind and tide. The figure of Death along with a singular, gruesome companion man the fiendish craft. And as they draw closer, it becomes clear that the two play at dice for the soul of the ancient mariner. The result is nothing short of cataclysmic.

Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison

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  • Gary
  • 08-08-2016

A classic well read

I was impressed with the narrator and really appreciate his work on what could have been a difficult piece. "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is an acquired taste, but this was so well presented, I must give it an excellent review. I've listened to it twice in the last couple of days and will listen to it again shortly. I am really pleased with this work and its presentation.

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  • Katie
  • 20-09-2017

Great Reading of a Fantastic Work of Art

Out of all of Coleridge's works, this is my favorite, and the narrator instills so much emotion into every word of this reading.

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  • Aaron Wooldridge
  • 15-07-2017

Poetry for guys who don't get poetry.

I rarely read poetry. I find it difficult to read and understand. But I really wanted to experience this dark tale of a sailor and an albatross. Hearing it read managed to get through my poetry issues. Excellent audiobook.

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  • Richard
  • 30-12-2016

classic

It's Coleridge and the reader read with emotion. One of the best readings I have heard.

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  • nickstercaster
  • 02-01-2019

A wonderful classic ruined by bad voice acting

I have read this anytime and every time I have enjoyed it, but it only takes one bad voice actor that thinks they know how to read it to ruin it. All the sing-song voice acting in this is totally unnecessary. I could just see him closing his eyes and waving his hand when he was reading the part of the mariner. ACTING!!! I and ac-TOR!!! A good straight read most times the best solution. Try that instead of subjecting is to your horrid voice acting next time.

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  • lynette
  • 26-06-2018

Skips and repeats

Most beautiful tale slightly marred by skip and repetition. Why let it go public without quality check?

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  • M. Leavell
  • 17-05-2020

A brilliant reading

This reading enhances one's understanding of the work, a rare gem among readings in that respect. I chose to reread it right now (May, 2020) based on a terrific article in The Atlantic Monthly by James Parker. (Search for "The 1798 Poem That Was Made for 2020.") I quote from Parker's story (one in which he recounts an on-going public domain project to engage multiple people reading the poem, a project in the works prior to the pandemic): "Six hundred and twenty-six lines of customized Coleridgean English, a strange and wildly flexible hybrid idiom in which the long strains of the King James Bible are looped around a kind of loping, hacked-off folk doggerel, the “Rime” is … What is it? The last epic. The first case history. A Jungian voyage into modernity. A trip. On his way to a wedding, at the very door of the banquet hall, a man is buttonholed by a haggard and compelling stranger. He is detained; he is enthralled. No choice: He must hear this person’s story. And the ancient mariner (for it is he) has no choice either: He is condemned to tell his tale, to recite his rhyme, over and over again." If it's been as long for you in reading this poem as it was for me, the end of part one will be truly shocking - jaw agape. The effect is stunning.

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  • Daniel
  • 08-11-2019

Nearly Perfect

Well read, quick, and repeatable. I know I will listen to this several times. As a sailor, I love seagoing tales and this is a classic.

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  • Tangie Purvis
  • 01-08-2019

Timeless, great!

I read this along side my son for his senior year in high school. I enjoyed it so much more than when I was in high school. I understood it way more, and enjoyed discussions about it with my son.

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  • Vicky
  • 05-12-2018

Oh, Poe is Me!

This picturesque story length poem is even more hauntingly beautiful than the Gustav Dore paintings that have accompanied some editions. It is a classic that was published almost a half century before, but it reminds me much of A Descent into the Maelstrom by Edgar A. Poe. It is a tale of guilt, remorse, and expiation which certainly make for enduring themes. It contains many of the phrases we hear in other media: such as 'a painted ship on a painted sea,' and 'water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.' But, it is the word pictures, such as that of departing souls flying past the mariner like an arrow shaft that make the poem so epic. I read it first in childhood, and I think that it was bigger then... more real... more colossal... enveloping in a way that a movie could have never been. But, in the years since then I've read Poe's tale, and besides that, The Count of Monte Cristo. I think those and the whole growing up process somewhat dampens the effect of this. Yes, its possibly too late to read this in your fifties for the first time. Just kidding. It's never too late my friend, as long as you are still breathing; as for expiation, the same as with reading good literature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-2018

Is it me or...

Did the narrator record this whilst going for a jog? He sounds out of breath throughout and speeds up and slows at the strangest of times. I came away having no idea at all what happened in the story. Shame.

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  • Deans Brother
  • 23-08-2017

such a classic

A fantastic piece of literature. should be taught in schools. Only short but will listen to often. Worth every penny.

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  • J. H. Mccarthy
  • 08-04-2017

not quite what I expected

accent, accent; wheeze! not the best. acceptable. I prefer other versions of this poem.

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  • Victoria Miller
  • 30-08-2016

Chilling tale and engaging narrator

But some lines repeat and I don't know if that's because the narrator repeated them, the editor didn't join up separate recording sections well, OR they are just repeated in the original work and I didn't realise.