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Librivox: Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor show

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s short masterpiece about a ranting, slightly mad civil servant. The stylistic inventiveness, and the insights into the absurdities and weakness of humans seem so fresh and incisive today that if published now (a century and a half later) Notes would be considered an avant-garde post-modernist triumph. In some ways this is a heavy text, laden with conversational philosophizing; but the vividness of the narrator make it a wonderful read, and funny. (Review by Hugh McGuire)

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Librivox: Raven, The by Poe, Edgar Allan show

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Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe's most famous poem, the "Raven" is a macabre exploration of a man, his memories of Lenore, and the black bird that interrupts his studies on a dark December night, with tap-tap-tapping at his chamber door. (Summary by Hugh)

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Librivox: Old Christmas by Irving, Washington show

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A tale of the quaint and old English traditions of celebrating Christmas. Irving travels to the English countryside and meets an old schoolmate, who invites him home to spend Christmas at the family estate. (Summary written by Gesine)

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A student discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates the monster Frankenstein. Rejected by society, Frankenstein vows revenge on his creator. (Summary written by Gesine)

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Librivox: In Flanders Fields by McCrae, John show

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Librivox volunteers bring you seven different readings of John McCrae’s In Flanders Field , a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Constitution of the United States of America, 1787, The by United States, Founding Fathers of the show

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This 1787 document defines the rights and responsibilities of federal government of the United States of America.

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Librivox: Modest Proposal, A by Swift, Jonathan show

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Jonathan Swift almost defines satire in this biting and brutal pamphlet in which he suggests that poor (Catholic) Irish families should fatten up their children and sell them to the rich (Protestant) land owners, thus solving the twin problems of starving children and poverty in one blow. When the “Proposal” was published in 1729, Swift was quickly attacked, and even accused of barbarity – the exact state the “Proposal” was written to expose. (Summary by Hugh)

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Librivox: Cow, The by Stevenson, Robert Louis show

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Librivox volunteers bring you eight different readings of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Cow, a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Voice of the Ancient Bard, The by Blake, William show

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Librivox volunteers bring you six different readings of The Voice of the Ancient Bard , by William Blake. This is a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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Librivox: Noiseless Patient Spider, A by Whitman, Walt show

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Librivox volunteers bring you eight different readings of Walt Whitman’s A Noiseless Patient Spider, a weekly poetry project. (Summary by Annie Coleman)

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