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Librivox: Lāčplēsis by Pumpurs, Andrejs show

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Lāčplēsis is an epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs, a Latvian poet, who wrote it between 1872-1887 based on local legends. Lāčplēsis is regarded as the Latvian national epic. The poem recounts the life of the legendary hero Lāčplēsis, chosen by the gods to become a hero of his people. His name means "Bear-slayer”. At the castle of Lord Aizkrauklis, he spies on the activities of the witch Spīdola(Spīdala), who is under the control of the Devil, and the holy man Kangars, who is in reality a traitor plotting to replace the old gods with Christianity. Lāčplēsis meets and falls in love with the maiden Laimdota and becomes friends with another hero, Koknesis ("Wood-bearer"). Further adventures seperate the lovers and bring Laimdota to Germany, but Lāčplēsis becomes lost in the Northern Sea, where he is welcomed by the daughter of the North Wind. In his dangerous journey home from the Northern Sea, he fights monsters and is reunited with Laimdota. They return home and celebrate wedding, but the heroes soon set off to fight the German crusaders. Kangars finds out the secret of Lāčplēsis' strength and treacherously reveals it to the Germans. In a seemingly friendly tournament Lāčplēsis is overpowered by the Black Knight, they both fall into Daugava river and disappear. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Kristine Bekere)

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Librivox: When William Came by Saki show

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We have had many novels about alternate histories, often of the 'What would have happened if Hitler had won the war' type and this is another - except that this one is set in 1913 and the 'William' of the title is that old bogeyman 'Kaiser Bill'. For some reason, at the height of Britain's power, the fear of invasion was common at that time. (See 'The Riddle of the Sands', 'The Battle of Dorking', 'Spies of the Kaiser' or even 'The War of the Worlds') WARNING:- Contains mild anti-semitism and jingoism typical of the period (Summary by Andy Minter)

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Librivox: Undine by Fouqué, Friedrich de la Motte show

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Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué concerning Undine, a water spirit who marries a Knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, and two ballets: the nineteenth century Ondine and the twentieth century Undine. An edition of the book was illustrated by Arthur Rackham. In The Fantastic Imagination, George MacDonald writes, "Were I asked, what is a fairytale? I should reply, Read Undine: that is a fairytale ... of all fairytales I know, I think Undine the most beautiful." (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Short Story Collection Vol. 026 by Various show

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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 026: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of LibriVox members.

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Librivox: All Things Considered by Chesterton, G. K. show

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Another delightful and sharply pointed excursion into the topics of the day, and of this day as well, with Gilbert Keith Chesterton. These reprinted magazine articles are filled with his good natured wit, his masterful use of paradox, and devastating ability to use reductio ad absurdum to destroy the popular myths that drive a society driving full-speed into secular humanism. You will come away with a whole new collection of wonderful quotes. - Ray Clare

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Librivox: Warble for Lilac-Time by Whitman, Walt show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 6 different recordings of Warble for Lilac-Time by Walt Whitman.

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Librivox: Bible (ASV) 01: Genesis by American Standard Version show

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"Genesis (Greek: "birth", "origin") is the first book of the Hebrew Bible, and the first of five books of the Pentateuch or Torah. It recounts the world from creation to the descent of the children of Israel into Egypt, and contains some of the best-known accounts of the Old Testament, including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and the biblical Patriarchs." (From Wikipedia, modified by Sam Stinson)

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Librivox: Nase, Die by Gogol, Nikolai Vasilievich show

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The story tells of a St. Petersburg official whose nose leaves his face and develops a life of its own. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Bible (ASV) 28: Hosea by American Standard Version show

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Hosea was the son of Beeri and a prophet in Israel in the 8th century BCE. He is one of the Twelve Prophets of the Jewish Hebrew Bible, also known as the Minor Prophets of the Christian Old Testament. We know practically nothing about the life or social status of Hosea. According to the Book of Hosea, he married the prostitute Gomer, the daughter of Diblatayim, at God's command. He lived in the Northern Kingdom in the period 740–725 BCE. In Hosea 5:8 ff., there is a reference to the wars which led to the capture of the kingdom by the Assyrians (ca. 734–732 BCE). It is not certain if he has also experienced the destruction of Samaria, which is foreseen in Hosea 14:1. Hosea's family life reflected the "adulterous" relationship which Israel had built with polytheistic gods. His children's names made them like walking prophecies of the fall of the ruling dynasty and the severed covenant with God — much like the prophet Isaiah a generation later. Hosea is often seen as a "prophet of doom", but underneath his message of destruction is a promise of restoration." (From Wikipedia)

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Librivox: 老殘遊記 Lao Can You Ji (Mr Derelict) by 劉鶚 Liu O show

Librivox: 老殘遊記 Lao Can You Ji (Mr Derelict) by 劉鶚 Liu OJoin Now to Follow

老殘遊記為著名的晚清四大諷刺小說之一,因當時清朝腐敗,國勢衰頹,內憂外患紛擾不斷,國弱民窮,而官僚卻貪腐不堪,劉鶚以生花妙筆,藉著遊記中的主人翁老殘旅遊之見聞來刺諷官僚的剛愎與虐民,雖有暗諷時局之意,但遊記中也時時透露出老殘(影射劉鶚本人)對社會的關懷與瞭解。本書對於晚清的政治與社會民情有相當的描述,且非常寫實。這些都反映在老殘或夢或醒的遊歷過程中,事實上,他也藉由老殘的夢境來映射他對當時官場與社會現實的看法。-- 此書不僅為政治類或社會批判性小說,亦是相當成功的遊記類小說,因作者的寫景、寫人與寫情的能力極高,讓人不知不覺地跟著老殘一起遊歷黃河賞美景,一起聽黑妞白妞「大珠小珠落玉盤」般神妙的說書絕技,一起在夢境中歷險,並一起來斷時局,甚至在必要時斷案解惑。 (Summarized by 林慧菁 Huei-Chin Lin)

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