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Librivox: War Is Kind (Collection) by Crane, Stephen show

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Published in 1899, just a year before his death, War Is Kind by Stephen Crane evokes again the dark imagery of war which made his fortune in The Red Badge Of Courage. Unlike that book, this collection leaves the battlefield itself behind to explore the damage war does to people’s hearts and minds. Reeking of dashed hopes, simultaneously sympathetic with the victims of war and cynical about the purposes of war, Crane implicitly criticizes the image of the romantic hero and asks if Love can survive. The poetic voice is one of an old and wearied soul, stark and disillusioned, which is all the more intriguing since Crane was dead before he reached his 30th birthday. His work calls to mind the Beat Poets of the mid 20th century in its powerful use of language and bleak idiomatic landscape. It is poetry on the cusp of the fin de siècle; echoing the passing age and presaging the newborn century. (Summary by Chip)

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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: Grimms' Fairy Tales by Grimm, Jacob & Wilhelm show

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A classic collection of oral German folklore, brought together for posterity by the scholarly brothers Grimm in the 1800s, this epitome of fairy tales includes many of the world’s best known stories. In these dark foreboding woods, you will find: Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Lily and the Lion (better known as Beauty and the Beast), and Snow White and Rose Red, among other timeless works. These tales were later heavily revised and sanitised, but here are presented closer to their grim and beloved originals. (Summary by Marlo Dianne)

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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: Typee by Melville, Herman show

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Typee is Herman Melville's first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe. It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville's most popular work during his lifetime. It was not until the end of the 1930's that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick, more than thirty years after his death. The story provoked harsh criticism for its condemnation of missionary efforts in the Pacific Islands. Many sought to discredit the book, claiming that it was a work of fiction, but this criticism ended when the events it described were corroborated by Melville's fellow castaway, Richard T. Greene, who appears in the story as the character Toby (Summary by Michael)

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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: Schwarze Galeere, Die by Raabe, Wilhelm show

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Im Jahr 1599 sind die Niederlande von den Spaniern besetzt. Die Stadt Antwerpen ist bevölkert von italienischen Söldnern. Doch die Niederländer leisten Widerstand. Auf See ist der Wille der “Wassergeusen” ungebrochen und ihre Schlagkraft von den Besatzern gefürchtet. Am meisten graut ihnen jedoch vor dem Flaggschiff: Die schwarze Galeere… (Zusammenfassung von Felix)

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Librivox: Aesop's Fables, Volume 04 (Fables 76-100) by Aesop show

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Dating back to the 6th century BC, Aesop's Fables tell universal truths through the use of simple allegories that are easily understood. Though almost nothing is known of Aesop himself, and some scholars question whether he existed at all, these stories stand as timeless classics known in almost every culture in the world. This is volume 4 of 12. (Summary by Chip)

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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: Shakespeare's Sonnets by Shakespeare, William show

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Shakespeare’s sonnets comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form that deal with such themes as love, beauty, politics, and mortality. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

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