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Librivox: Hawk of Egypt by Conquest, Joan show

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A tragic love triangle between a beautiful English girl, an English gentleman, and a half-English, half-Egyptian plays out among the ruins and under the desert stars of 1920s era Egypt. The saga ends, as all love triangles must, in tragedy upon the desert sands. (Summary by Sibella Denton)

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Librivox: Point of Honor, The by Conrad, Joseph show

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Set during the Napoleonic Wars, this story features two French Hussar officers, D'Hubert and Feraud. Their quarrel over an initially minor incident turns into a bitter, long-drawn out struggle over the following fifteen years, interwoven with the larger conflict that provides its backdrop. At the beginning, Feraud is the one who jealously guards his honor and repeatedly demands satisfaction anew when a duelling encounter ends inconclusively; he aggressively pursues every opportunity to locate and duel his foe. As the story progresses, D'Hubert also finds himself caught up in the contest, unable to back down or walk away. This Conrad short story evidently has its genesis in the real duels that two French Hussar officers fought in the Napoleonic era. Their names were Dupont and Fournier, which Conrad disguised slightly, changing Dupont into D'Hubert and Fournier into Feraud. In 1977, it was turned into a movie, "The Duellists", starring Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. (summary adapted from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Dulce et Decorum Est by Owen, Wilfred show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 22 different recordings of Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of May 18th, 2008.

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Librivox: Dog's Tale, A by Twain, Mark show

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This short novel of Twain’s, from 1903, is told from the point of view of a loyal and beloved family pet. Themes of heroics, valor and heart-wrenching tenderness fill this work. The story is also filled with happy events as well as sad ones and is ultimately about what dogs are to us … best friends. A Dog’s Tale is quintessentially Twain. (Summary by Aaron Elliott)

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Librivox: Nous deux by Bilhaud, Paul show

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« Riquette et Riquet s'aiment, c'est là l'important. Que voudriez-vous savoir de plus ? Comment ils se sont connus ? Où ils se sont rencontrés ? S'ils sont mariés ? S'ils ne le sont pas ? S'ils demeurent ensemble ou s'ils habitent séparément ? Dans quel quartier ? À quel étage ? Quel est le prix de leur loyer ? Comment ils s'habillent ? Ce qu'ils mangent à leurs repas ? etc... etc... L'auteur n'estime pas ces détails indispensables à son récit. Aussi de Riquette et de Riquet il ne vous dira que ceci : Vous voulez les connaître ? Écoutez-les bavarder, rire et s'embrasser. Bavardages, rires et baisers, toute leur histoire tient en ces trois mots que résume cet autre : l'Amour ! » (Extraits) Riquette and Riquet are in love, that's what matters. What else would you like to know? How and where they met? If they are married or not? If they live together or apart? In which neighbourhood? What floor? How much is their rent? How they are dressed? What they eat?... The author does not consider those details necessary to his narrative. Therefore, he won't tell you anything about Riquette and Riquet but this: you'd like to know them? Listen to them chatting, laughing and hugging. Chatter, laughter and hugs, those three words make up their whole story which can be summarized in this other one: Love! (Loose translation by Ezwa)

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Librivox: Biography of a Grizzly, The by Seton, Ernest Thompson show

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I first read this little book when I was in the fifth grade, and now more than fifty years later, I still find it fascinating. Ernest Thompson Seton was a man with a concern for nature her creatures and an excellent story teller. I could almost feel Wahb, the great grizzly’s pain and frustration as he tried to avoid contact with humans and just be left alone to carry out his bear business. Listening to this audio book will be an hour and a half well spent.Summary by Mike Vendetti, Narrator.

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Librivox: Nouveaux contes de fées pour les petits enfants by Ségur, Sophie, Comtesse de, show

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La Comtesse de Ségur nous livre ici quelques récits qui avaient tant amusés ses petites-filles. L'on y découvre des enfants bien curieux, bien courageux, bien vertueux, avec leurs bonnes et mauvaises fées. Elles les feront passer par des épreuves bien difficiles... Here are a few tales that entertained the countess of Ségur's grand-daughters. We meet with very inquisitive, very brave, very kind children, with their good and bad fairies. They will have them go through great ordeals... (Summary by Ezwa)

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Librivox: Discours sur les sciences et les arts by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques show

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Le Discours sur les sciences et les arts est un texte de Jean-Jacques Rousseau écrit dans le cadre du concours de l’Académe de Dijon de 1750. Lauréat du concours, Rousseau voit son essai fort commenté et lui doit sa célébrité, bien avant son opus magnum Du contrat social. Comme le veut le concours, le discours répond à une question : il s’agissait alors de déterminer « Si le rétablissement des sciences et des arts a contribué à épurer les mœurs ». Farouche critique des pratiques de son temps, l’auteur présente en deux parties une diatribe contre les sciences et les arts, qui bien loin d’épurer les mœurs éloignent les hommes de la vertu. (Résumé par Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Poèmes et Poésies by Leconte de Lisle, Charles Marie René show

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Leconte de Lisle est né à l'Île de Bourbon. C'est là que ses yeux d'enfant se sont emplis des couleurs et des formes des paysages prestigieux de l'Orient. Une nature sans tendresse, à la lumière implacable, aux faces énormes et aveugles, éveilla dans son âme cette idée obsédante de la fatalité, qu'il devait retrouver au long de l'histoire. Tout ce que l'Orient dans sa lourde immobilité traîne depuis des siècles de renoncement à l'impossible bonheur et de goût de la mort s'ajouta par ailleurs en lui à son pessimisme natif. (Extrait de la notice de l'édition de 1920) Leconte de Lisle was born on the island of Réunion. His verse is clear, sonorous, dignified, deliberate in movement, classically correct in rhythm, full of exotic local colour, of savage names, of realistic rhetoric. Coldness cultivated as a kind of artistic distinction seems to turn all his poetry to marble, in spite of the fire at its heart. They have the lofty monotony of a single conception of life and of the universe. He sees the world as what Byron called it, "a glorious blunder," and desires only to stand a little apart from the throng, meditating scornfully. He listens and watches, throughout the world, for echoes and glimpses of great tragic passions. The burning emptiness of the desert attracts him, the inexplicable melancholy of the dogs that bark at the moon; he would interpret the jaguar's dreams, the sleep of the condor. He sees nature with the same wrathful impatience as man, praising it for its destructive energies, its haste to crush out human life before the stars fall into chaos, and the world with them, as one of the least of stars. (From Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Listening by Lawrence, D. H. show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Listening by D.H. Lawrence. This was the weekly poetry project for December 28th, 2008.

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