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Librivox: Life of Alfred the Great, The by Asser, Bishop of Sherbourne show

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A life of King Alfred of England originally composed in Latin, possibly sometime around 888 A.D. by the Monk and Bishop Asser, although some scholars contend that the work was actually composed much later by an unknown hand. (Summary by Douglas B. Killings)

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Librivox: Sokrates Verteidigung, Des by Plato show

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Platon (427 v. Chr.–348 v. Chr.) läßt Sokrates sein Leben darstellen und beurteilen sowie seine Einstellung zum Tod. Übersetzung durch Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768-1834) von 1805. (Summary by redaer) This reading is in German.

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Librivox: Little Servant, A by Hill, Grace Livingston show

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A short story of a little girl who is Jesus' servant and how she won the heart of an unbelieving gardener. Summary by Esther

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Librivox: Memoir of Jane Austen by Austen-Leigh, James Edward show

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"The Memoir of my Aunt, Jane Austen, has been received with more favour than I had ventured to expect. The notices taken of it in the periodical press, as well as letters addressed to me by many with whom I am not personally acquainted, show that an unabated interest is still taken in every particular that can be told about her. I am thus encouraged not only to offer a Second Edition of the Memoir, but also to enlarge it with some additional matter which I might have scrupled to intrude on the public if they had not thus seemed to call for it. In the present Edition, the narrative is somewhat enlarged, and a few more letters are added; with a short specimen of her childish stories. The cancelled chapter of ‘Persuasion’ is given, in compliance with wishes both publicly and privately expressed. A fragment of a story entitled ‘The Watsons’ is printed; p. iii and extracts are given from a novel which she had begun a few months before her death; but the chief addition is a short tale never before published, called ‘Lady Susan.’ {0a} I regret that the little which I have been able to add could not appear in my First Edition; as much of it was either unknown to me, or not at my command, when I first published; and I hope that I may claim some indulgent allowance for the difficulty of recovering little facts and feelings which had been merged half a century deep in oblivion." - James Edward Austen-Leigh in the Preface to Memoir of Jane Austen

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Librivox: Märchen - Almanach auf das Jahr 1826 by Hauff, Wilhelm show

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Hauffs Märchen entstanden in der Spätromantik. Der erste Band mit der Rahmenerzählung “Die Karawane” zeichnet sich durch hohes Einfühlungsvermögen in die orientalische Lebensweise aus. Er enthält neben den bekannte Märchen “Kalif Storch” und “Der kleine Muck” “Die Geschichte von dem Gespensterschiff”, “Die Geschichte von der abgehauenen Hand”, “Die Errettung Fatmes” und “Das Märchen vom falschen Prinzen”. “Das Gespensterschiff” und “Die abgehauene Hand” sind nach heutigem Empfinden für Kinder nicht geeignet. (Summary by Wikipedia and Hokuspokus)

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Librivox: Man of Means, A by Wodehouse, P. G. show

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A Man of Means is a collection of six short stories written in collaboration by P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill. The stories all star Roland Bleke, a nondescript young man to whom financial success comes through a series of "lucky" chances, the first from a win in a sweepstake he had forgotten entering. Roland, like many a timid young man seeks love and marriage. In this pursuit his wealth is regularly a mixed blessing. The plot of each story follows its predecessor, sometimes directly, and occasionally refer back to past events in Bleke's meteoric career. The writing style is crisp and droll, and shows much of the skill and polish of the later Wodehouse. The disasters that befall the hapless Bleke are entertainingly recounted and his unforeseen rescues surprise and delight. In the character of the butler, Mr Teal, we meet an early draft of the ingenious Jeeves. The stories first appeared in the United Kingdom in The Strand in 1914, and in the United States in Pictorial Review in 1916. They were later published in book form in the UK by Porpoise Books in 1991; the collection was released on Project Gutenberg in 2003. (Summary by Wikipedia adapted by Tim Bulkeley)

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Librivox: Short Story Collection Vol. 028 by Various show

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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 028: a collection of 10 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of LibriVox members.

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Librivox: Greener Than You Think by Moore, Ward show

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Do remember reading a panic-mongering news story a while back about genetically engineered “Frankengrass” “escaping” from the golf course where it had been planted? That news story was foreshadowed decades previously in the form of prophetic fiction wherein a pushy salesman, a cash-strapped scientist, and a clump of crabgrass accidentally merge forces with apocalyptic consequences. A triple-genre combo of science fiction, horror, and satire, Greener Than You Think is a forgotten classic that resonates beautifully with modern times. This is a faithful reading of a 1947 first edition text. (Summary by Lee Elliot)

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Librivox: Merkwürdiges Beispiel einer weiblichen Rache by Diderot, Denis show

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Friedrich von Schillers (1759 - 1805) Übertragung der "Mme de la Pommeraye"-Episode aus Diderots (1713-1784) "Jacques le Fataliste", erschienen 1785. Aber die kühne Neuheit dieser Intrige, die unverkennbare Wahrheit der Schilderung, die schmucklose Eleganz der Beschreibung haben mich in Versuchung geführt, eine Übersetzung davon zu wagen, welche freilich die Eigentümlichkeit des Originals nicht erreicht haben wird. --Friedrich von Schiller This reading is in German.

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Librivox: Bible (ASV) 34: Nahum by American Standard Version show

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Nahum prophesied, according to some, in the beginning of the reign of Ahaz (740s BC). Others, however, think that his prophecies are to be referred to the latter half of the reign of Hezekiah (700s BC). Probably the book was written in Jerusalem, where he witnessed the invasion of Sennacherib and the destruction of his host (2 Kings 19:35). And still others support the idea that the "book of vision" was written shortly before the fall of Nineveh (612 BCE). This theory is evidenced by the fact that the oracles must be dated after the Assyrian destruction of Thebes in 663 BCE as this event is mentioned in Nah 3:8. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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