The poem selections are top-notch across the board, containing such favorites as "As I Walked Out One Evening," "Fish in the Unruffled Lakes," "Musee des Beaux Arts," four sonnets from "In Time of War," "Under Which Lyre," "The More Loving One" and "The Shield of Achilles." The CD version is supposedly abridged, but it is 57 minutes compared to the Audio Cassette version's hour. This also comes with a book containing the final text of the selected poems (sometimes slightly different than what he reads). The book also contains a nice introduction and background on Auden by poet J.D. McClatchy.