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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: Waste Land, The by Eliot, T. S. show

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The Waste Land is a highly influential 433-line modernist poem by T. S. Eliot. It is perhaps the most famous and most written-about long poem of the 20th century, dealing with the decline of civilization and the impossibility of recovering meaning in life. Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem—its shifts between satire and prophecy, its abrupt and unannounced changes of speaker, location and time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast and dissonant range of cultures and literatures—the poem has nonetheless become a familiar touchstone of modern literature. Among its famous phrases are “April is the cruelest month” (its first line); “I will show you fear in a handful of dust”; and “Shantih shantih shantih” (its last line). The title is sometimes mistakenly written as “The Wasteland”. (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: Short Poetry Collection 003 by Various show

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Librivox’s Short Poetry Collection 003: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

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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: 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: 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: Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin’s Boarding School by Burnett, Frances Hodgson show

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The story told in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel, A Little Princess , was first written as a serialized novella, Sara Crewe, or What Happened at Miss Minchin’s , and published in St. Nicholas Magazine , in 1888. It tells the story of Sara Crewe, an intelligent, wealthy, young girl at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies. Sara’s fortunes change when her father dies, and she goes from being a show pupil and parlor boarder at the school to a drudge, but eventually she finds happiness and a home again. (Summary by Treesh)

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