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Librivox: Pathfinder, The by Cooper, James Fenimore show

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Natty Bumppo goes by many names: La Longue Carabine, Hawk Eye, Leatherstocking, and in this tale, The Pathfinder. Guide, scout, hunter, and when put to it, soldier, he also fills a lot of roles in pre-Revolution upstate New York. An old friend, Sergeant Dunham of the 55th Regiment of Foot, asks him to guide his daughter through the wilderness to the fort at Oswego where Dunham serves. With the French engaging native Indian allies against the British and the Yankee colonists, such a journey is far from safe. Dunham has a plan in mind - to see his daughter Mable married off to the most redoubtable frontiersman and marksman in the territory, who is Pathfinder himself. But as an attractive and marriageable young lady, she draws other suitors. Then a military expedition contrives to put Sgt. Dunham, Mable, Pathfinder, and two other wooers into an isolated and dangerous garrison. Here treachery raises the stakes, and with the soldiers of the detachment shot down or captured, all of them must show mettle for any of them to escape with their scalps.

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Librivox: Out of Time's Abyss (version 2) by Burroughs, Edgar Rice show

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Out of Time’s Abyss is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the third of his Caspak trilogy. The sequence was first published in Blue Book Magazine as a three-part serial in the issues for September, October and November 1918, with Out of Time's Abyss forming the third installment. The complete trilogy was later combined for publication in book form under the title of The Land That Time Forgot (properly speaking the title of the first part) by A. C. McClurg in June 1924. Beginning with the Ace Books editions of the 1960s, the three segments have usually been issued as separate short novels. The third of these is treated in this article. Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Maria Chapdelaine (Solo) by Hémon, Louis show

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Maria Chapdelaine raconte la vie difficile d'une famille paysanne au Québec, au début des années 1900.

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Librivox: Bible (STE) NT 21-22: Επιστολαις Πέτρου Α'-Β' (1-2 Peter) by Stephanos 1550 show

Librivox: Bible (STE) NT 21-22: Επιστολαις Πέτρου Α'-Β' (1-2 Peter) by Stephanos 1550Join Now to Follow

H Επιστολή αυτή γράφτηκε στην Ρώμη το 50-56 μ.χ Ο Άγιος Παύλος προτρέπει τους Χριστιανούς να χαίρονται στις θλίψεις. Θα πρέπει να δέχονται τις αδικίες που προκαλούν θλίψη με την συναίσθηση και πίστη ότι μέσα από αυτές θα οδηγηθούν και θα ζήσουν τον θάνατο και την ανάσταση. Με αυτό τον τρόπο γίνονται μέτοχοι στον θάνατο του Ιησού Χριστού και στην ανάσταση του. Η Ημερομηνία της δεύτερης επιστολής βρίσκεται πιθανότατα ανάμεσα στο 63-67 μετά Χριστό , ενώ βρισκόταν στην φυλακή της Ρώμης ο Απόστολος Παύλος. Ο κόσμος απιστεί , εξαπατά και χλευάζει, όμως οι χριστιανοί θα πρέπει να διατηρούν το χριστιανικό τρόπο ζωής , συνεχώς αυξανόμενοι σε αγιότητα και σε αρετές και ποτέ δεν θα πρέπει να στραφούν πίσω στον παλιό τρόπο ζωής. The first epistle of Saint Peter was written in Rome 50-67 A.D. Saint Peter exhorts Christians to rejoice in suffering. They should enter into unjust suffering with a spirit of death and resurrection. Thus they partake in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. The date of the second epistle is most likely A.D 63-67. Saint Peter has probably written this letter while he was kept in prison in Rome. The people to whom he was addressed are most likely Gentiles. The world disbelieves, deceives and mocks. Yet, Christians should maintain the Christian way of life, growing continually in holiness and virtues and never turning back to the old way of leaving. (Summary by peaceuntoyou)

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Librivox: Bible (ASV) 27: Daniel by American Standard Version show

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The Book of Daniel (דניאל), originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic, is a book in both the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and the Christian Old Testament. The book is set during the Babylonian Captivity, a period when Jews were deported and exiled to Babylon following the Siege of Jerusalem of 597 BC. The book revolves around the figure of Daniel, an Israelite who becomes an adviser to Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon from 605 BC - 562 BC. The book has two distinct parts: a series of six narratives (chapters one to six) and four apocalyptic visions (chapters seven to twelve). The narratives take the form of court stories which focus on tests of religious fidelity involving Daniel and his friends (chapters one, three and six), and Daniel's interpretation of royal dreams and visions (chapters two, four and five). In the second part of the book, Daniel recounts his reception of dreams, visions and angelic interpretations in the first person. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Black Arrow - A Tale of the Two Roses, The by Stevenson, Robert Louis show

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The Black Arrow tells the story of Richard (Dick) Shelton during the Wars of the Roses: how he becomes a knight, rescues his lady Joanna Sedley, and obtains justice for the murder of his father, Sir Harry Shelton. Outlaws in Tunstall Forest organized by Ellis Duckworth, whose weapon and calling card is a black arrow, cause Dick to suspect that his guardian Sir Daniel Brackley and his retainers are responsible for his father's murder. Dick's suspicions are enough to turn Sir Daniel against him, so he has no recourse but to escape from Sir Daniel and join the outlaws of the Black Arrow against him. This struggle sweeps him up into the greater conflict surrounding them all. The story of the Wars of the Roses is told in miniature by The Black Arrow. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) by Blackstone, William show

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The Commentaries on the Laws of England are an influential 18th century treatise on the common law of England by Sir William Blackstone, originally published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford, 1765-1769. The Commentaries were long regarded as the leading work on the development of English law and played a role in the development of the American legal system. They were in fact the first methodical treatise on the common law suitable for a lay readership since at least the Middle Ages. The common law of England has relied on precedent more than statute and codifications and has been far less amenable than the civil law, developed from the Roman law, to the needs of a treatise. The Commentaries were influential largely because they were in fact readable, and because they met a need. The work is as much an apologia for the legal system of the time as it is an explanation; even when the law was obscure, Blackstone sought to make it seem rational, just, and inevitable that things should be how they were. (Summary from Wikipedia.)

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Librivox: Middlemarch by Eliot, George show

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The book examines the role of education in the lives of the characters and how such education and study has affected the characters. Rosamond Vincy's finishing school education is a foil to Dorothea Brooke's religiously-motivated quest for knowledge. Rosamond initially admires Lydgate for his exotic education, and his intellect. A similar dynamic is present in Dorothea and Casaubon's relationship, with Dorothea revering her new husband's intellect and eloquence. In both cases, however, the young wives' expectations of their husbands intellects are not reflected in reality. Despite extreme erudition, Mr. Casaubon is afraid to publish because he believes that he must write a work that is utterly above criticism. In contrast, Lydgate at times arrogantly flaunts his knowledge, making enemies with his fellow physicians. He regards the residents of Middlemarch with a certain amount of contempt stemming from his belief that the townspeople are backwards and uninteresting. However, his education has not included tact and politicking, skills necessary in a small town but are seen by Lydgate as below him, the brilliant doctor. (Summary - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlemarch )

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Librivox: Capital: a critical analysis of capitalist production, Vol 1 by Marx, Karl show

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Capital, Volume I is the first of three volumes in Karl Marx’s monumental work, Das Kapital, and the only volume to be published during his lifetime, in 1867. Marx’s aim in Capital, Volume I is to uncover and explain the laws specific to the capitalist mode of production and of the class struggles rooted in these capitalist social relations of production. Marx said himself that his aim was “to bring a science [i.e. political economy] by criticism to the point where it can be dialectically represented”, and in this way to “reveal the law of motion of modern society”. By showing how capitalist development was the precursor of a new, socialist mode of production, he aimed to provide a scientific foundation for the modern labour movement. In preparation for his book, he studied the economic literature available in his time for a period of twelve years, mainly in the British Museum in London.(Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Story of the Other Wise Man, The by van Dyke, Henry show

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You know the story of the Three Wise Men of the East, and how they travelled from far away to offer their gifts at the manger-cradle in Bethlehem. But have you ever heard the story of the Other Wise Man, who also saw the star in its rising, and set out to follow it, yet did not arrive with his brethren in the presence of the young child Jesus? Of the great desire of this fourth pilgrim, and how it was denied, yet accomplished in the denial; of his many wanderings and the probations of his soul; of the long way of his seeking, and the strange way of his finding, the One whom he sought—I would tell the tale as I have heard fragments of it in the Hall of Dreams, in the palace of the Heart of Man. (Summary written by Henry van Dyke.)

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