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Librivox: Tale of Peter Mink, The by Bailey, Arthur Scott show

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Arthur Scott Bailey (1877 – 1949) was author of more than forty children's books. Bailey's writing has been described thusly by the Newark Evening News: "Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator's approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never 'write down' to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Scott_Bailey

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Librivox: Lady Susan by Austen, Jane show

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Jane Austen demonstrated her mastery of the epistolary novel genre in Lady Susan, which she wrote in 1795 but never published. Although the primary focus of this short novel is the selfish behavior of Lady Susan as she engages in affairs and searches for suitable husbands for herself and her young daughter, the actual action shares its importance with Austen’s manipulation of her characters' behavior by means of their reactions to the letters that they receive. The heroine adds additional interest by altering the tone of her own letters based on the recipient of the letter. Thus, the character of Lady Susan is developed through many branches as Austen suggests complications of identity and the way in which that identity is based on interaction rather than on solitary constructions of personality. Lady Susan’s character is also built by the descriptions of the other letter-writers; but even though their opinions of this heroine coincide with the image that develops from her own letters, Austen demonstrates the subjectivity of the opinions by presenting them – primarily – in the letters of one woman to another, thereby suggesting the established literary motifs of feminine gossip and jealousy. Readers recognize these subjective motifs and examine all of the idiosyncrasies of the characters in order to create their own opinion of Lady Susan – as they would of any real acquaintance. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Name of France, The by van Dyke, Henry show

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In celebration of Bastille Day, 2007, LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 different recordings of The Name of France by Henry van Dyke. This was the Weekly Poetry project for the week of July 8th, 2007.

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Librivox: Few Figs from Thistles, A by Millay, Edna St. Vincent show

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A collection of 23 poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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Librivox: African-American Collection by Various show

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This collection recognizes Black History Month, February 2007. Two excellent resources for public domain African American writing are African American Writers (Bookshelf) and The Book of American Negro Poetry , edited by James Weldon Johnson. Johnson's collection inspired the Harlem Renaissance generation to establish a firm African-American literary tradition in the United States. (Summary by Alan)

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Librivox: Millionaerens Pilegrimsfaerd by Moller, Otto Martin show

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Hvad nu om man kunne gøre sit liv om - eller i det mindste bare gennemleve sin ungdom en gang til? Måske kræver dette hverken mirakler, opstandelse eller genfødsel, men blot at man beslutter at gøre det - at man beslutter sig for at gå tilbage til hvor den svundne tid to sin begyndelse og starter forfra. Det er i hvert fald hvad romanens hovedperson Niels Faber sætter sig for. Millionærens Pilegrimsfærd er en roman, der til trods for at den blev skrevet for mere end hundrede år siden, stadig er aktuel for ethvert menneske som på et tidspunkt i tilværelsen har skuet tilbage og tænkt den tanke at livet kunne have formet sig anderledes. Romanen er forfatterens sidste. Otto M. Møller døde i en alder af otteogtredive år. Forfatteren skrev den mens han var døende og han havde formentlig en forudanelse af hvad der ventede ham. Måske derfor rummer dele af fortællingen nogen bitterhed. Romanen rummer dog også en hyldest til verdens skønhed, den dejlige natur og til det ærlige jævne menneske. I dag, i det enogtyvende århundrede, kan vi derudover glæde os over at bogen giver et sjældent godt øjebliksbillede af det almindelige menneskes hverdagsliv i Danmark omkring 1890'erne. Summary by Kristoffer Hunsdahl

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Librivox: Dr. Esperanto’s International Language, Introduction and Complete Grammar by Zamenhof, L. L. show

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In July 1887, Esperanto made its debut as a 40-page pamphlet from Warsaw, published in Russian, Polish, French and German: all written by a Polish eye-doctor under the pen-name of Dr. Esperanto (“one who hopes”). Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof (1859-1917) had a gift for languages, and a calling to help foster world amity: by a neutral “Internacia Lingvo” that anyone anywhere could readily use as a second language: neither forsaking a mother tongue, nor imposing it. In 1889 Zamenhof published an English translation by Richard H. Geoghegan, a young Irish linguist. All five are respectively considered the “First Book”. This classic sets forth Esperanto pretty much as we know it today (except that we no longer use internal apostrophes for composite words). Its original repertoire of 900 root words has grown tenfold in the past century, but you can still almost make do with the vocabulary herein. -- Summary by Gene Keyes

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Librivox: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (version 2) by Twain, Mark show

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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain creates an entertaining adventure of Middle America in the 1800's - afloat on a raft on the Mississippi River. Huck escapes his civilized life when he arranges his own "murder" and turns back into the backwoods, downriver yokel he started as, and in the process springing a slave, Jim, from bondage. Huck and Jim experience life as a series of tableaus as the river sweeps them through small towns on their way South. At each stop, Huck engages his talent for mixing fact with bald-faced lies to endlessly get himself out of situations... and of course, putting him into others! Much has been written about the statement Twain is making about slavery in this book, but it's really secondary to the story. The facts of how black people were treated in this period give Huck and Jim their license for life on the run. Modern listeners will be intrigued by the unencumbered life of the pair; they make do with coffee, fish from the river, and little else (but of course, when they do need something extra, they don't mind helping themselves to it without recourse to money!) Huck and Jim have run-ins with desperados and family feuds and even manage to get run down by a steamboat. The adventures ratchet up when they are joined on the raft by a self-proclaimed "duke" and a "king" - shysters both, who spend their time in figuring how to fleece the public in the little river towns. And when Jim is captured and threatened with being sent back into slavery, Huck enlists his old buddy Tom Sawyer in a frenzied, desperate, and terribly funny rescue. I had to clip a lot of laughing from this recording at Twain's sly, catch-'em-when-they're-not-looking humor, but you can feel free to enjoy some good belly laughs at this crew of lovable rapscallions! (Summary by Mark)

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Librivox: Death of Lord Nelson, The by Beatty, William, M.D. show

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"The Surgeon of the late illustrious Lord NELSON feels himself called upon, from the responsible situation which he held on the eventful day of the 21st of October 1805, to lay before the British Nation the following Narrative. It contains an account of the most interesting incidents which occurred on board the Victory. (Lord NELSON's flag-ship) from the time of her sailing from England, in the month of September, till the day of battle inclusively." -William Beatty, M.D.

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Librivox: Chronicles of Canada Volume 06 - The Great Intendant : A Chronicle of Jean Talon in Canada 1665-1672 by Chapais, Thomas show

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Talon worked closely with lieutenant-general Prouville de Tracy to achieve the surrender of the Iroquois in 1627, thereby ending the threat that had hung over the colony for 20 years. Although Talon did not join the troops in the field, at Tracy's request, he had a very large share in the success of the French arms through his constant and meticulous care in placing at the disposition of the army everything that was necessary for the war, despite the poverty of the colony, the lack of roads, and the distances. Summary by Wikipedia.

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