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Librivox: American Indian Fairy Tales by Larned, William Trowbridge show

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With no written language, Native Americans living in the Lake Superior region passed their cultural identity down through the generations by way of stories. Far more than mere tales to amuse children, they passed along the collective wisdom of the tribes. In the 1830s, government Indian Agent and ethnologist Henry R Schoolcraft learned the language of these people and went out to collect and preserve their stories before the tribes disappeared under the westward rush of American civilization. Though these stories were recast as children’s fairy tales in the 1920s, they contain much of the old wisdom of a culture which has largely disappeared. (Summary by Chip)

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Librivox: Journey to the Interior of the Earth, A by Verne, Jules show

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Journey to the Interior of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne (published in the original French as Voyage au centre de la Terre). The story involves a professor who leads his nephew and hired guide down a volcano in Iceland to the “center of the Earth”. They encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

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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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Librivox: Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The by Irving, Washington show

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The quiet Dutch community of Sleepy Hollow lay in the Adirondack mountains on the western shore of the mighty Hudson River in America’s colonial period. The solitude of the woods was breathtaking, and not even a schoolmaster was immune from the eerie miasma which everyone knew permeated the dense forest. Written in 1820, Washington Irving’s The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow has become a classic of American literature, and has been retold in many different ways. Here is the original, from Irving’s own hand. (Summary by Chip)

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Librivox: Song My Paddle Sings, The by Johnson, E. Pauline show

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Librivox’s weekly poetry project for the week of February 5, 2006 offers fourteen versions of "The Song My Paddle Sings" from the collection Flint and Feather by E. Pauline Johnson. E. Pauline Johnson, also known as Tekahionwake, was born to the Mohawk Chief G.H.M. Johnson (Onwanonsyshon), and his wife, Emily S. Howells, a lady of pure English parentage. Pauline, born and raised in Canada, was a great reader and began writing poetry as a child. She died in 1913 after having poetry published in periodicals in several countires and collections of her work published in book form. (Summary adapted from the "Biographical Sketch" included in Flint and Feather )

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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: Aesop's Fables, Volume 05 (Fables 101-125) 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 5 of 12. (Summary by Chip)

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Librivox: Short Story Collection Vol. 002 by Various show

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Librivox’s Short Story Collection 002: a collection of 10 short fictional works in the public domain read by a variety of Librivox members.

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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: Short Poetry Collection 004 by Various show

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Librivox’s Short Poetry Collection 004: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

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