Literature Podcasts

Red Masquerade by VANCE, Louis Joseph show

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In the beginning of his career, Michael Lanyard alias The Lone Wolf, the most talented thief of his day, made the acquaintance of the beautiful Princess Sofia, but he also made an enemy of her husband, Prince Victor. Years later, Lanyard's daughter gets into the crossfiere... Red Masquerade is the third book in the Lone Wolf Series. (Summary by Carolin)<p></p>

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Contessa di Karolystria, La by GHISLANZONI,  Antonio show

Contessa di Karolystria, La by GHISLANZONI, AntonioJoin Now to Follow

<p>Antonio Ghislanzoni, nato a Barco di Maggianico (Lecco) il 25 novembre 1824, è meglio noto come autore di numerosissimi libretti per opere liriche tra cui "Aida" e "La forza del destino" di Giuseppe Verdi. Personalità eclettica: baritono egli stesso fino al 1856, nonché ex seminarista cacciato per cattiva condotta, stimolato dalle idee di Mazzini, nel 1848 dirige a Milano diversi giornali repubblicani; a causa delle sue idee fu anche arrestato dai francesi e brevemente detenuto in Corsica. Muore a Caprino Bergamasco il 16 luglio 1893.<br><br>"La contessa di Karolystria" è definito dallo stesso autore "il più balzano, il più strampalato de' miei racconti", e in effetti altro non è che una storia divertente piena di colpi di scena senza pretesa di avere "messaggi" da trasmettere. La trama è presto detta: il visconte d'Aguilar -personaggio in cui potremmo scorgere lo stesso autore- si lascia coinvolgere nel turbine di avventure in cui viene trascinato per soccorrere la contessa di Karolystria e brillantemente, tra mille peripezie, riesce cavarla dai guai e ad aprirle un nuovo futuro. -- Riccardo.</p>

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Uncle Remus by HARRIS, Joel Chandler show

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<p> Many readers will already be familiar with Uncle Remus’ favorite animal characters – Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox among them – and some of the popular tales concerning them. (To this day, “tar baby” as an expression for a particularly sticky situation that is almost impossible to solve, has passed into the English language and common use.) Even people who have never read any of these tales will know exactly why you don’t throw a rabbit into a briar patch, mainly because Walt Disney produced his first movie ever to use professional actors with animation, called “Song of the South”, based on the Uncle Remus tales.</p><p> Joel Chandler Harris, a newsman in Georgia, grew up listening to folktales told by the local black population. Later, he published his version of these tales in a series of stories printed in the “Atlanta Constitution.” The tales of, and by, Harris’ chief character Uncle Remus, an old black man scrabbling to make his living in the post-Civil War South, were extremely popular and widely read. Harris’ use of innovative spelling to give the reader a sense of the black dialect was considered novel. While this is not a book that will pass a current political correctness test, due to its use of labels for black folks which have gone out of polite conversation, Uncle Remus is a largely sympathetic look at post-war plantation life. Uncle Remus himself is a warm, folksy man of good humor and dry wit, and after finishing his animal stories, the remaining sayings and tales are a moment of history frozen in amber. (Summary by Mark)</p>

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Natural History of Selborne, The by WHITE,  Gilbert show

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<p>The Reverend Gilbert White was the curate of the village of Selborne, a village in Hampshire, from 1784 to his death in 1793, living most of his life in the village. The book is in the form of a collection of letters to two friends, discussing the natural history of the areas that he knew, and natural history in general. White's intense curiosity and his love for the world about him flow through his simple, straightforward style, and a gentle sense of humour colours many of his anecdotes. (Summary by Peter)</p>

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Short Story Collection Vol. 015 by VARIOUS show

Short Story Collection Vol. 015 by VARIOUSJoin Now to Follow

<p>Librivox’s Short Story Collection 015: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.</p>

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Selected Poems of Robert Frost by FROST, Robert show

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<p>Robert Frost, who lived from March 26, 1874 to January 29, 1963, was a winner of 4 Pulitzer prizes and one of America’s best loved poets. This selection of his poems is a short walk through the variety of his simplistic natural themes and complex social understandings. (Summary by Becky Miller, Canal Winchester, Ohio)</p>

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Woyzeck by BüCHNER, Georg show

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Woyzeck ist ein Dramenfragment des deutschen Dramatikers und Dichters Georg Büchner. Büchner begann vermutlich zwischen Juni und September 1836 mit der Niederschrift. Bei seinem frühen Tod im Jahr 1837 blieb das Werk als Fragment zurück. Das Manuskript ist in mehreren Entwurfsstufen überliefert. Im Druck erschien Woyzeck erstmals 1879 in der stark überarbeiteten und vom Herausgeber veränderten Fassung von Karl Emil Franzos. "Woyzeck" wurde am 8. November 1913 im Residenztheater München uraufgeführt. Der einfache Soldat Franz Woyzeck, der seine Freundin Marie und das gemeinsame uneheliche Kind, die genau wie er am Rande der Gesellschaft leben, zu unterstützen versucht, arbeitet als Laufbursche für seinen Hauptmann. Dieser und ein skrupelloser Arzt nutzen Franz physisch und psychisch aus. Marie lässt sich mit einem Tambourmajor ein und Woyzecks aufkeimender Verdacht wird durch ihm nicht freundlich gesonnene Mitmenschen geschürt, bis die Handlung eskaliert. Anmerkung: Dieses Stück ist ein Fragment. Es gibt keine einzig richtige Reihenfolge der einzelnen Szenen, denn sie sind weder numeriert noch in Akte aufgeteilt. Die hier vorliegende Reihenfolge stimmt großenteils mit der Verfilmung mit Klaus Kinski in der Hauptrolle überein. Überdies ist jede Szene in einer gesondert aufgenommen, so daß das Werk auf "shuffle" gehört werden kann, um neue Interpretationen zu finden. Das Stück spielt in Darmstadt, die Figuren sprechen größtenteils in dortigem Dialekt. Deshalb haben im Hochdeutschen grammatikalisch falsche Konstruktionen hier seine Richtigkeit. (Summary by Wikipedia, Thomas Rappel, gutenberg.org und Rainer)<p></p>

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Short Story Collection Vol. 012 by VARIOUS show

Short Story Collection Vol. 012 by VARIOUSJoin Now to Follow

Librivox’s Short Story Collection 012: a collection of 11 short essays and fiction in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.<p></p>

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Miracles by WHITMAN, Walt show

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<p>LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 different recordings of <em>Miracles</em>, by Walt Whitman. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of March 4th, 2007.</p>

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Ulysses by James Joyce show

Ulysses by James JoyceJoin Now to Follow

Still considered one of the most radical works of fiction of the 20th Century, James Joyce’s Ulysses ushered in the era of the modern novel. Loosely based on Homer’s Odyssey, the narrative follows Leopold Bloom and a number of other characters through an ordinary day, twenty four hours, in Dublin, on June 16, 1904. The text is dense and difficult, but perfectly suited to an oral reading, filled with language tricks, puns and jokes, stream of consciousness, and bawdiness.

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