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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Written by: Sylvia Plath,Karen V. Kukil - editor
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
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Publisher's Summary

Published in their entirety, Sylvia Plath's journals provide an intimate portrait of the writer who was to produce in the last seven months of her life some of the most extraordinary poems of the 20th century. Faithfully transcribed from the 23 journals and journal fragments owned by Smith College, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath includes two journals that Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, unsealed just before his death in 1998. 

A heavily abridged edition of Plath's diaries was published in 1982. This new unabridged edition reveals more fully the intensity of the poet's personal and literary struggles, and provides fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced her demons. With its haunting, vibrant, and brutally honest prose, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath is a must-listen for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath's life and work.

©2000 The Estate of Sylvia Plath; Preface, Notes, and Index Copyright 2000 by Karen V. Kukil (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-20

narrator almost made me hate one of my favorites

the narrator was at once pretensious and painfully upbeat. terrible choice for Sylvia fucking Plath.

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  • Helder Lopes
  • 14-10-19

Narrator speaks much too fast...poor choice.

Maggie Gyllenhaal was an excellent choice for The Bell Jar. It's unfortunate she didn't narrate this one. Either way, I purchased it for Sylvia's thoughts and language...I don't regret purchasing this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-20

Great performance

Very well performed. Keeps me listening. Gives insight in the passions of a highly intelligent, ambitious and sensual young woman. This is the iceberg under her poetry. Why, by the way, isn't there yet an audiobook-verson of her poetrybook "Ariel"?

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  • Tabetha Moe
  • 18-09-22

Wrong choice for Narrator

Sylvia Plath is dark and tortured for the most part. The woman was a nihilistic, existential being. The narrator sounds like she is trying to read a self help book. She is way too optimistic and perky. It’s clear she can’t relate to anything Sylvia is saying because the tone would be completely different.

Anyone who thinks like this knows that the internal monologue isn’t like that. Sylvia’s internal voice when she was reading this was likely nowhere near this woman’s intonation and inflection.

I’m in no way taking from the energy it must have taken to do a 30 hour audiobook, but good lord just do it right.

This woman sounds like she should be reading a summer beach read book. Not Sylvia Plath. It’s so annoying. I’m returning this book because I’m not having my first experience with Sylvia tainted by this nonsense.

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  • Rusty METAL J
  • 24-06-22

Very Interesting

I became a fan of Sylvia's the 1st time I read,
"The Bell Jar."
This is a deep look into Sylvia the person more than the writer.

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  • Zoe
  • 03-06-19

On the fence

I am a huge fan of Sylvia Plath. She has a beautiful but melancholic way of describing her inner turmoil.

However, I felt the narrator was not a suitable choice. The narration is fast pace. I had to slow the speed down to a tolerable pace. I have always imagined Sylvia to have a soft but strong voice, full of feeling, however the narrator sounds almost robotic making it difficult to feel the emotion behind her words.

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