Arts Podcasts

Librivox: Great Expectations (Version 1) by Dickens, Charles show

Librivox: Great Expectations (Version 1) by Dickens, CharlesJoin Now to Follow

This classic tale tells of an orphan, Pip, who through a series of strange circumstances first finds a trade as a blacksmith's apprentice and then learns that he has "great expectations" of a future inheritance from an anonymous benefactor. He soon learns to live the profligate life of a gentleman as he gradually sheds his associations with the gentle souls of his past, Joe (the blacksmith) and Biddy (a level-headed young lady). He throws his money at improving the prospects of his roommate and friend Herbert and his heart at an "ice princess" whose heart will never respond. But then an escaped convict from his distant past comes calling, and all Pip's hopes dissolve. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

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Librivox: Sense and Sensibility by Austen, Jane show

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The two eldest Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, one of whom (Elinor) embraces practicality and restraint while the other (Marianne) gives her whole heart to every endeavor. When the Dashwoods - mother Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor, Marianne, and youngest sister Margaret - are sent, almost impoverished, to a small cottage in Devonshire after the death of their father and the machinations of their brother's wife, they accept their new circumstances with as much cheer as they can muster even though their brother and his wife have taken over the family estate and fortune. Marianne finds herself falling in love with the dashing Willoughby, who ends up being not all that he appears. Elinor, the more sensible of the two, falls for Edward Ferrars, a match that seems much more suitable. All of these pleasant connections are, however, soon disrupted. Willoughby leaves and ignores Marianne. Elinor finds out an unexpected secret about Ferrars that puts her on her caution in pursuing their relationship. As these complications develop, Marianne soon finds herself distraught despite having attracted another suitor, the reliable, but older, Colonel Brandon. Elinor steps into the breach to try to help her sister regain her equilibrium. Both learn what a broken heart can feel like and adjust in their own separate ways. Since this is an Austen novel and a romance, be assured that all comes right in the end. (Summary by Michelle Crandall)

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Librivox: Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by Berens, E.M. show

Librivox: Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by Berens, E.M.Join Now to Follow

This is a comprehensive collection of all the major and minor gods of Rome and Greece, with descriptions of festivals and retellings of major mythological stories. (Summary by Sibella)

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Do I Dare To Eat  A Peach show

Do I Dare To Eat A PeachJoin Now to Follow

The Podcast

By Dan Wells and Robison Wells

Imprint: the Twilight Podcast show

Imprint: the Twilight PodcastJoin Now to Follow

Imprint is a Twilight podcast brought to you by the creators of TwilightSource.com. Listen in as we discuss the latest Twilight book and film news, literary analysis, and much more!

By TwilightSource.com

Librivox: Midsummer Night's Dream, A by Shakespeare, William show

Librivox: Midsummer Night's Dream, A by Shakespeare, WilliamJoin Now to Follow

Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left. What's going on here? It's A Midsummer Night's Dream , Shakespeare at his most fanciful. The play opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, preparing for his wedding. Egeus complains to Theseus that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius. When Hermia is given the choice between marriage to Demetrius or life as a nun, she and her true love Lysander flee into the forest. Demetrius follows them; and Helena, who loves Demetrius, follows him . Also in the forest are Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, at odds with one another. At Oberon's behest, Puck causes Demetrius to fall in love with Helena -- oops, he missed, that was Lysander instead. Mayhem ensues. In the meantime, a group of bumbling craftsmen rehearses a play. Puck gives one of them, Bottom, the head of an ass and makes Titania fall in love with him. Further hilarity results as Bottom sees nothing at all odd about this. Eventually everything is straightened out, Bottom and the rest "perform" their play, there is a triple wedding, and Puck assures us the whole thing has been a dream. Number of quotes you know: 5 (what fools these mortals be). Useful insults: 19. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

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On Taking Pictures show

On Taking PicturesJoin Now to Follow

Jeffery Saddoris of fadedandblurred.com and editorial portrait photographer Bill Wadman (billwadman.com) take on the art, science, and philosophy of photography and explore how they play out behind the camera in the process of making images. Insider insights for the novice, shop talk for the professional, and opinionated discussion for the interested observer of the field's trends and legacy.

By Bill Wadman & Jeffery Saddoris

Books and Authors show

Books and AuthorsJoin Now to Follow

This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book, Mariella Frostrup talks to leading authors about their work. A Good Read features Harriett Gilbert discussing a range of favourite titles with guests.

By BBC Radio 4

Tales To Terrify show

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The Audio Horror Fiction Magazine

By Tales To Terrify

Lapham's Quarterly: The Podcast show

Lapham's Quarterly: The PodcastJoin Now to Follow

Interviews, readings, and audio ephemera from the editors and contributors of Lapham's Quarterly.

By  Lapham's Quarterly