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Librivox: Jungle Book, The by Kipling, Rudyard show

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This classic children's book by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves: his escapades and adventures with his dear friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, his capture by the Monkey-People, his attempt at reintegration into human society, and his ultimate triumph over the lame tiger Shere Khan. The account of Mowgli's adventures is followed by several short stories, including the tales of the brave white seal, Kotick, and the tenacious mongoose, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Packed with adventure and Jungle Law wisdom, this book has pervaded popular culture as the basis of many film and stage adaptations, including the popular Disney movie, and through its adoption as a motivational book by the Cub Scouts.

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Librivox: You are old, father William by Carroll, Lewis show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 different recordings of You are old, father William by Lewis Carroll. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of July 20th, 2008.

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Librivox: Silberne Axt, Die by Constantin, Ernst show

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Die silberne Axt ist ein kleines Fantasy Märchen à la Tolkien. Die Bundesgenosse vom Helden Franz, ein verstoßener Fürst, ein Zwerg und ein sprechender Adler bekämpfen den bösen Zauberer Sufar. Natürlich spielt auch die silberne Axt, eine magische Waffe, eine wichtige Rolle. In einer „Nebenrolle“ darf natürlich auch ein magischer Ring nicht fehlen. (Summary by Wassermann)

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Librivox: Arsène Lupin, gentleman-cambrioleur by Leblanc, Maurice show

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Arsène Lupin, gentleman-cambrioleur est un recueil de nouvelles écrites par Maurice Leblanc et contant les aventures d'Arsène Lupin. La première nouvelle de ce recueil a été publié en juillet 1905 dans le journal Je sais tout . Il s'agissait de la première nouvelle mettant en œuvre Arsène Lupin. Celle-ci ayant du succès, Maurice Leblanc est encouragé à écrire la suite, en plusieurs nouvelles. Ce qui sera fait jusqu'en 1907. (Résumé par wikipédia)

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Librivox: Popular History of Ireland, Book 05, A by McGee, Thomas D'Arcy show

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Thomas D'Arcy McGee was an Irish refugee and a father of the Canadian confederation. His work on Irish history is comprehensive, encompassing twelve books; Book 5 begins with the rise of the “Red Earl” and addresses the relations between Scotland and Ireland during the time of Robert the Bruce and his immediate successors.. (Summary by Sibella Denton)

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Librivox: Patricia Brent, spinster by Jenkins, Herbert George show

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A romantic comedy, written in 1918, but with a modern feel to it. Patricia Brent one day overhears two fellow-boarders pitying her because she "never has a nice young man to take her out". In a thoughtless moment of anger she announces that the following night she will be dining out with her fiance. When she arrives at the restaurant the next day, she finds some of the fellow-boarders there to watch her, so, rendered reckless by the thought of the humiliation of being found out, she goes up to a young man sitting alone at a table, and asks him to help her by "playing up". Countless complications and adventures ensue... (Summary by Anna Simon)

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Librivox: John James Audubon by Burroughs, John show

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Audubon's life naturally divides itself into three periods: his youth, which was on the whole a gay and happy one, and which lasted till the time of his marriage at the age of twenty-eight; his business career which followed, lasting ten or more years, and consisting mainly in getting rid of the fortune his father had left him; and his career as an ornithologist which, though attended with great hardships and privations, brought him much happiness and, long before the end, substantial pecuniary rewards. (Summary from the Preface of John James Audubon )

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Librivox: Appetite of Tyranny, The by Chesterton, G. K. show

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“Unless we are all mad, there is at the back of the most bewildering business a story: and if we are all mad, there is no such thing as madness. If I set a house on fire, it is quite true that I may illuminate many other people's weaknesses as well as my own. It may be that the master of the house was burned because he was drunk; it may be that the mistress of the house was burned because she was stingy, and perished arguing about the expense of the fire-escape. It is, nevertheless, broadly true that they both were burned because I set fire to their house. That is the story of the thing. The mere facts of the story about the present European conflagration are quite as easy to tell." (Summary by Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

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Librivox: Democracy in America II by Tocqueville, Alexis de show

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Democracy in America was published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840. It is a classic work on the United States in the 1830s and its strengths and weaknesses as seen from a European point of view. It is also regarded as a pioneering work of sociology. (Summary based on Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Esperanto Teacher, The by Fryer, Helen show

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The international language Esperanto was first released to the world in 1887, when L. L. Zamenhof published his first book, "Dr. Esperanto's International Language". Since that time, many learning books have been developed to help the beginner attain a proficiency in the language. Helen Fryer's "Esperanto Teacher" is one of the earliest of these attempts in English. Divided into 45 short and easy lessons and supplemented with sections on joining words, exclamations, compound words, arrangement of words in a sentence, words used with the object, the 16 rules of grammar and list of common useful expressions, as well as a number of translated texts for the new Esperantist to practice his/her skills, this book contains everything one needs to gain a proficiency in the language.

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