The Flame

Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings
CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: DD39510
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250301550
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This program is read by Margaret Atwood, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Ross Marquand, Will Patton, Seth Rogen, Michael Shannon, and Neela Vaswani. The Flame is the final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death. Just weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen told The New Yorker that he was ready for the end to come. He just wanted enough time to put his last book in order. Fortunately, that time was granted. The Flame is Cohen's eloquent farewell, a valedictory collection of lyrics and poems that maps his singular creative journey. As noted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's citation, "For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song—his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core." In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the chart-topping "You Want It Darker," The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts from Cohen's voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully over the years. Listeners will hear about the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world. In the words of Cohen's longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame "reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire" to the end.

Author(s): Leonard Cohen
Awards:2019-Short StoriesCollections-Finalist-Audies,
New York Times Bestseller


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The Flame
Product Number: BX00074418
Product Number:Z100133267
Product Number:DD39510

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ISBN: #9781250301543
Author(s): Leonard Cohen
Product Number EB00718893
Released: Oct 02, 2018
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9780374718701

Professional reviews

"A celebrity cast certainly contributes to the success of this audiobook, but each voice is identified only on its first appearance. After that, unless you know the voices, you must rely not on star power but on the quality of the narrations; fortunately, that is consistently very high. The excerpts from the late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen's notebooks range from the seventies to just a few years ago, but the poems and lyrics are among his last, and seeing the evolution from his early work is fascinating. His spirituality becomes deeper and darker, and its specifically Jewish character becomes clearer. The many narrators are familiar with Cohen's phrasing, and they provide an eloquent tribute. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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