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Librivox: Art and Heart by Wilcox, Ella Wheeler show

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This special poetry collection was assembled to celebrate the first anniversary of the creation of LibriVox. LibriVox volunteers bring you 38 different recordings of Art and Heart, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. This poem, originally suggested by Betsie Bush, was chosen for this special collection due to a general concensus that the message of the poem corresponds with the spirit of LibriVox. The poem asserts that, “It is not art, but heart, that wins the wide world over.” And so it is with LibriVox: it is not only the books, the poetry, the literature that make LibriVox what it is; but it is also the people, the diversity of voices, and all of the different lives and experiences that affect the way a person reads a piece of text. The art is the foundation of LibriVox, but the many hearts behind it are the true essence and spirit of LibriVox. For more information on the the first anniversary of LibriVox, and to hear a one hour special audio program featuring interviews, bloopers, and samplers, please visit the Anniversary homepage: http://librivox.org/librivox-anniversary-2006/

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Librivox: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, William show

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Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history. It concerns the fate of two very young lovers who would do anything to be together. The Montagues and the Capulets of Verona, Italy, are in the midst of a long-standing feud when Romeo Montague drops in on a masquerade party at the Capulets’. While there he meets and woos the daughter of the house, Juliet. She likewise returns his passion, and their secret meeting later that night on her bedroom balcony begins a series of tragic events that no one could have foretold. (Summary by Becky Crackel)

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Librivox: Rilla of Ingleside by Montgomery, Lucy Maud show

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Written in 1921, this is the final book in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Set during World War I, it shows the courage and endurance of the sisters, mothers and wives (and brothers and fathers) left to tend the home front. The main focus of the book is on Anne and Gilbert’s youngest daughter, Rilla. (Summary by Karen Savage)

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Librivox: Leonce und Lena by Büchner, Georg show

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Das 1895 uraufgeführte Lustspiel Leonce und Lena von Georg Büchner setzt sich an Hand der Liebesgeschichte der Königskinder Leonce und Lena sartirisch mit Sinn und Rolle des Einzelnen im gesellschaftlichen Gefüge auseinander. Sowohl dem gelangweilten, sinnsuchenden Prinz Leonce, als auch der depressiv, erduldenden Prinzessin Lena, ist die zwischen ihnen arrangierte Hochzeit unerträglich. Unabhängig von einander fliehen sie nach Italien und stellen bei einem zufälligen Treffen, ohne Kenntnis der jeweils anderen Identität, fest, dass sie füreinander bestimmt sind. Als Automaten verkleidet lassen sie sich schlieβlich an Stelle des vermeintlich abwesenden Brautpaars bei Leonce und Lenas Hochzeitsfeierlichkeiten trauen und erkennen erst hinterher die schicksalhafte Fügung. (Zusammenfassung von Franziska)

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Librivox: Short Poetry Collection 011 by Various show

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Librivox’s Short Poetry Collection 011: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

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Librivox: Short Story Collection Vol. 005 by Various show

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LibriVox’s Short Story Collection 005: a collection of 20 short essays and fiction in the public domain read by a variety of LibriVox members.

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Librivox: Aesop's Fables, Volume 12 (Fables 276-284) by Aesop show

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Dating back to the 6th century BC, Aesop's Fables tell universal truths through the use of simple allegories that are easily understood. Though almost nothing is known of Aesop himself, and some scholars question whether he existed at all, these stories stand as timeless classics known in almost every culture in the world. This is volume 12 of 12. (Summary by Chip)

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Librivox: To His Coy Mistress by Marvell, Andrew show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you eleven different recordings of To His Coy Mistress, by Andrew Marvell, one of the greatest seduction speeches of all time. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of July 23th, 2006.

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Librivox: Picture of Dorian Gray, The by Wilde, Oscar show

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Dorian Gray, a young man of wealth and stature in late 1800's London, meets Lord Henry Wotton while posing for a portrait by his friend Basil Hallward. Once the painting is complete, Dorian realizes that it will always be young and attractive, while he will be forced to age and wither with the years. Carelessly, he wishes the opposite were true. What happens is a treatise on morals, self-indulgence and how crucial personal responsibility is towards one's self. (Summary by John Gonzalez)

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Librivox: Chronicles of Canada Volume 02 - Mariner of St. Malo : A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier,  The by Leacock, Stephen show

Librivox: Chronicles of Canada Volume 02 - Mariner of St. Malo : A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier, The by Leacock, StephenJoin Now to Follow

Jacques Cartier grew up as a sailor, married well and became an agent of exploration for King Francis I of France. In April, 1534, he sailed for the New World. Before sailing, his men took an oath that they would “behave themselves truly and faithfully in the service of the Most Christian King.” Jacques’ name was made immortal by the faithfulness with which he and his men carried out that oath. Summary from Christian History Institute Used with permision.

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