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Librivox: Faerie Queene Books 6 & 7, The by Spenser, Edmund show

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'The Sixth Book of the Faerie Queene contayning the Legende of S, Calidore or of Cvrtesie.' Apart from Books 1-6, the only surviving section of the Faerie Queene is a short isolated fragment known as the Mutabilitie Cantos (traditionally numbered Book 7, cantos 6-8); this fragment is also included in the present recording. Although the Faerie Queene was never completed, it continues to be one of the most beautiful and important works of literature ever written. Spenser wrote it as a paean to the Virgin Queen Elizabeth, and to the golden age which she had brought to England. Sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh and commended by the foremost literary minds of his day, Spenser's book remains one of the crowning poetic achievements of the Elizabethan period.(Summary by Annise)

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Librivox: Zuleika Dobson by Beerbohm, Max show

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'A wickedly funny 1911 satire on undergraduate life in Edwardian Oxford' in which the entire student body of Oxford university including the young, handsome aristocrat the Duke of Dorset falls hopelessly in love with Zuleika who is visiting her grandfather, the warden of Judas college, and ultimately commit mass suicide at the end of 'Eights Week' (Summary by Andy Minter)

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Librivox: Publisher, The by Dennis, C. J. show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 19 recordings of The Publisher by C.J. Dennis. This was the weekly poetry project for June 28th, 2009.

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Librivox: Auf zwei Planeten by Laßwitz, Kurd show

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Als die Wissenschaftler Saltner, Grunthe und Thorm in einem Ballon aufbrechen, um den Nordpol zu erforschen, ahnen sie nicht, dass ihnen eine weit größere Entdeckung bevorsteht. Am Pol finden sie eine Station der Bewohner des Mars, die sich selbst Nume nennen. Von hier aus erforschen sie die Erde, die sie Ba nennen, und deren Bewohner, die Bate. Der Ballon verunglückt, Saltner und Grunthe werden von den Numen gerettet, doch Thorms Schicksal ist ungewiss, man befürchtet, dass er den Absturz nicht überlebt hat. Die beiden Geretteten werden von den Marsbewohnern gastfreundlich in deren Station aufgenommen. Sie erleben die Nume als sehr menschenähnliche Wesen mit weit überlegener Technik. Um sich gegenseitig besser kennen zu lernen, werden Saltner und Grunthe auf den Mars gebracht. Unterdessen trifft ein Luftschiff der Nume auf ein englisches Kriegsschiff und wird von diesem beschossen. Die Nume beschließen daraufhin die Unterwerfung der Erde und ihrer primitiven Bewohner. Der Roman "Auf zwei Planeten" (1897) mit seinen über 1.000 Seiten gehört zu den wichtigsten deutschen Science-Fiction-Romanen, der auch in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt und mehrmals neu aufgelegt wurde. (Summary by Hokuspokus and Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Money Moon: A Romance, The by Farnol, Jeffery show

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The Money Moon is a light-hearted romance. Jilted in love, our American millionaire hero, George Bellow, takes a walking tour of the Kent countryside to overcome the “Haunting Spectre of the Might Have Been”. Along the way he makes friends with a young boy out to discover a fortune to save his Aunt Anthea from having to sell the family estate and George discovers his ideal “Arcadia” and true love. (Summary by John Lieder)

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Librivox: By Pond and River by Buckley, Arabella B. show

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In By Pond and River , another of Arabella Buckley's wonderful science books for children, she explains the habitats of ponds and rivers, exposing children to the animals and plant life that are found there. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)

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Librivox: Sadhana : The Realisation of Life, version 2 by Tagore, Rabindranath show

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A collection of essays on the Hindu/Buddhist view of humankind's place in the universe. As the author says in his introduction: "in these papers, it may be hoped, western readers will have an opportunity of coming into touch with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of to-day." Most of the essays were given as lectures before Harvard University in 1916 or before. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

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Librivox: Australia Felix by Richardson, Henry Handel show

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The story of Richard Mahony, a doctor trained in Edinburgh who comes to Ballarat in the gold rush of the 1850s. At first he runs a shop but later he marries and returns to medical practice. His story is interwoven with that of his wife's brothers and sister. Even after his medical practice becomes successful he is still unhappy living in the colony and decides to return home to Britain. Richard is a restless irritable man whose character is said to be based on the author's own father. This book is the first of the trilogy 'The Fortunes of Richard Mahony', but stands well on its own. The other two books of the trilogy are still protected by copyright in the USA, but may be found on Project Gutenberg Australia. (Summary by tabithat)

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Librivox: Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry, The by Muir, M. M. Pattison show

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A light journey through the history of chemistry, from its start in the obscure mysteries of alchemy to what was, for the author, the cutting edge of the development of modern atomic theory ... and whose developing blind ends we can now see with the advantage of hind sight. (Summary by Peter Yearsley)

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Librivox: Life’s Tragedy by Dunbar, Paul Laurence show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 27 recordings of Life's Tragedy by Paul Laurence Dunbar. This was the weekly poetry project for June 21st, 2009.

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