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Librivox: Leiden des jungen Werther, Die by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von show

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Die Leiden des jungen Werther beschreibt die unglückliche Liebe eines jungen Mannes (Werther) zu einer verlobten, später verheirateten Frau. Der Roman ist aus einer radikal subjektiven Perspektive geschrieben: er besteht nur aus Briefen von Werther vor allem an einen Freund namens Wilhelm. Erst im letzten Teil des zweiten Buches tritt ein Erzähler hinzu. Anhand der Briefe kann der Leser sowohl dem Verlauf der Handlung als auch den Gefühlen Werthers folgen, der immer verzweifelter wird, bis es schließlich in einer Katastrophe endet. Der Roman besteht aus zwei Büchern, die aber eher als zwei Teile eines einzigen Romans anzusehen sind. (Zusammenfassung von Rainer)

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Librivox: Owl and the Pussycat, The by Lear, Edward show

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Librivox's weekly poetry project for the week of January 22, 2006: The Owl and the Pussycat is a famous nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published in 1871. Its most notable historical feature is the introduction of the runcible spoon. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

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Librivox: Bible (Biblia Sacra Vulgata) 19: Psalmi XXII by Biblia Sacra Vulgata show

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Psalm 22 appears as Psalm 23 in modern English translations of the Bible. - Psalmi XXII Bibliae Sacrae Vulgatae, recitatus in lingua Latina. (Summary by Jim Cadwell)

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Librivox: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Carroll, Lewis show

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In this children's classic, a girl named Alice follows falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm full of talking creatures. She attends a never-ending tea party and plays croquet at the court of the anthropomorphic playing cards. (Summary written by Gesine)

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Librivox: Personal Anthology of Shakespeare, A by Shakespeare, William show

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This personal anthology is my choice of speeches from Shakespeare that I enjoy reading (that I would like to have had by heart years ago!) and that seem to me to illustrate his unsurpassed use of language. He was a man who seemed to know everything about human nature and as Orson Welles said ‘he speaks to everyone and we all claim him’. I know that it has been said that ‘it is impossible to be a great Shakespearian actor without an idiosyncratic and extraordinary voice’ and this may be so, but that does not preclude ordinary mortals from reading, hearing and enjoying Shakespeare. (Summary by Martin Clifton)

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Librivox: Where My Books Go by Yeats, William Butler show

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Librivox volunteers bring you thirteen different readings of the short poem Where My Books Go by William Butler Yeats, a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The by Coleridge, Samuel Taylor show

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For killing an albatross, the mariner and his crew are punished with drought and death. Amidst a series of supernatural events, the mariner's life alone is spared and he repents, but he must wander the earth and tell his tale with the lesson that "all things great and small" are important. (Summary written by Gesine)

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Librivox: If by Kipling, Rudyard show

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Librivox’s weekly poetry project for the week of January 29, 2006: This popular piece was voted Britain’s favourite poem in a BBC opinion poll in 1995. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses by Murray, Andrew show

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This is a series of short messages written by the South African minister, Andrew Murray. They deal with the necessity and joy of surrendering our lives completely to God. (Summary written by Joy Chan)

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Librivox: Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories by Bierce, Ambrose show

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Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914?), satirist, critic, poet, short story writer and journalist. His fiction showed a clean economical style often sprinkled with subtle cynical comments on human behaviour. Nothing is known of his death, as he went missing while an observer with Pancho Villa’s army in 1913/14. (Summaries by Peter Yearsley) The Ways of Ghosts : Stories of encounters with the ghosts of the dead and dying. The spirits of the dead reach out to the living, to pass on a message or to pursue a killer. Contents (with beginning time): Present at a Hanging (02:06) A Cold Greeting (07:07) A Wireless Message (11:15) An Arrest (17:04) Soldier Folk : Oddities of death and life; from a man who finds that his death is uncertain, through the effects of war on the family, duty that survives death, to the memory of revenge. Contents (with beginning time): A Man with Two Lives (00:31) Three and One are One (06:23) A Baffled Ambuscade (14:18) Two Military Executions (19:45) Some Haunted Houses - Part One : Encounters of the living with the spirits of the dead who have been bound into buildings. An old man revenges himself; a journalist investigates a haunted house; and the quivering vine that tangles the face of a deserted home. Contents (with beginning time): The Isle of Pines (00:31) A Fruitless Assignment (10:39) A Vine on a House (17:54) Some Haunted Houses - Part Two : Houses where the living are never seen again, memories of the mortuary live on, and a murdered man wanders through. Contents (with beginning time): At Old Man Eckert’s (00:30) The Spook House (06:36) The Other Lodgers (16:04) The Thing at Nolan (21:50) Mysterious Disappearances : Three short tales of men who have vanished living their ordinary lives, sometimes in full view of witnesses; plus a short, probably fictional, description of a theory to partly explain these events. Contents (with beginning time): The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (00:32) An Unfinished Race (05:18) Charles Ashmore’s Trail (07:50) Science to the Front (12:23)

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