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Librivox: It's Like This, Cat by Neville, Emily show

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1964 Newbery Medal winner, It's Like This, Cat is the story of a young man, Dave Mitchell, and how he grew to maturity, helped along indirectly by a stray cat that he brought home from Crazy Kate, the neighborhood Cat Lady. Dave lives in New York City with his lawyer father and his mother, who has bouts of asthma brought on by family strife. The cat, named "Cat" lives a wild life that brings Dave in contact with a future friend and girl friend. Dave's adventures take him throughout areas of New York City, and the reader is treated to descriptions of famous city landmarks. With Dave's new cat-related experiences comes an increased appreciation for his parents and deepening care for his new friends. (Summary by Brenda Price)

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Librivox: Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinghe van de Oost-Indische reyse by Bontekoe, Willem Ysbrantsz show

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Het "Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinghe" is een scheepsjournaal opgetekend door de Hoornse schipper Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe, over zijn belevenissen in dienst van de Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC). Het werd voor het eerst gepubliceerd in 1646, en geeft een indrukwekkend beeld van de scheepvaart in die tijd. Het journaal beschrijft Bontekoe's reis van Texel naar Java in 1618, zijn reizen tussen de Indonesische eilanden en naar China in de daaropvolgende jaren, en uiteindelijk, in 1625, zijn terugreis naar Nederland. Die reizen worden gemarkeerd door vele avonturen en gevaren, onder andere het vergaan van Bontekoe's schip door een explosie, waarbij de schipbreukelingen bijna 2 weken in 2 kleine bootjes op open zee doorbrengen, schermutselingen met Chinezen als de VOC exclusieve handelsbetrekkingen met China probeert af te dwingen, en een verwoestende orkaan. Het populaire jeugdboek "De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe" (1924), van Johan Fabricius (1899-1981), dat in 2007 verfilmd is, is geinspireerd door het eerste deel van dit scheepsjournaal.

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Librivox: Trumpet Major, The by Hardy, Thomas show

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Our heroine, Anne Garland, lives quietly in a rural community deep in the English countryside. However, the arrival of several regiments preparing for an expected invasion brings colour and chaos to the county. A graceful and charming young woman, Anne is pursued by three suitors: John Loveday, the trumpet-major in a British regiment, honest and loyal; his brother Robert, a merchant seaman and womaniser, and Festus Derriman, the cowardly son of the local squire. Set at the time of the Napoleonic wars, this is the author's only historical novel, and unusually for Hardy's books, some of the characters live happily ever after. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Cori Samuel.)

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Librivox: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The-(version 2) by Stevenson, Robert Louis show

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After hearing Mr. Enfield's account of a distressing event involving Edward Hyde, the heir of his friend, Henry Jekyll, John Utterson is convinced that Jekyll's relationship with Hyde is built on something sinister. Utterson's concern for his friend is not unfounded but the reasons aren't quite what he, at first, believes. (Summary by Kristin Hughes)

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Librivox: Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 09 by Shakespeare, William show

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LibriVox readers present the ninth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote in such a variety of genres - tragedy, comedy, romance, &c - that there is always at least one monologue in each of his plays. Some of these teach a lesson, some simply characterize Shakespeare at his best, some are funny, some sad, but all are very moving. Each monologue will touch everybody differently. Some people will be so moved by a particular monologue that they will want to record it. (summary by Shurtagal)

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Librivox: When Knights Were Bold by Tappan, Eva March show

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This book is in no degree an attempt to relate the involved and intricate history of the Middle Ages. Its plan is, rather, to present pictures of the manner of life and habits of thought of the people who lived between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Our writings and our everyday conversation are full of their phrases and of allusions to their ideas. Many of our thoughts and feelings and instincts, of our very follies and superstitions, have descended to us from them. To become better acquainted with them is to explain ourselves. (Summary from the Preface of When Knights Were Bold. )

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Librivox: Selected Works:  Letters, Sketches and Stories by de Cleyre, Voltairine show

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Voltairine de Cleyre (November 17, 1866 - June 20, 1912) was an American anarchist. She was skilled in many subjects and wrote essays, poems, letters, sketches, stories and speeches. These are her selected letters, sketches and stories. (Summary by enko)

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Librivox: Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future, A by Astor, John Jacob (IV) show

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A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future is a science fiction novel by John Jacob Astor IV, published in 1894. The book offers a fictional account of life in the year 2000. It contains abundant speculation about technological invention, including descriptions of a world-wide telephone network, solar power, air travel, space travel to the planets Saturn and Jupiter, and terraforming engineering projects — damming the Arctic Ocean, and adjusting the Earth's axial tilt (by the Terrestrial Axis Straightening Company). In Astor's novel, the future United States is a multi-continental superpower. European nations have been taken over by socialist governments, which have sold most of their African colonies to the U.S.; and Canada, Mexico, and the countries of South America have requested annexation. Race conflict is a thing of the past, since the "dark elements" of the American hegemony have died out. Space travel is achieved by linking an airship to a comet. Jupiter proves to be a jungle world, with flesh-eating plants, vampire bats, giant snakes and mastodons, and flying lizards. The Americans discover a wealth of exploitable resources: iron, silver, gold, lead, copper, coal, and oil. Saturn, in contrast, is an ancient world of silent spirits. The spirit beings provide the explorers with foresight of their own deaths. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Beetle, The by Marsh, Richard show

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A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh's novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker's Dracula, George du Maurier's Trilby, and Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu novels. Like Dracula and many of the sensation novels pioneered by Wilkie Collins and others in the 1860s, The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels (those of Wilkie Collins and Stoker, for example) to create suspense. Richard Marsh was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Short Science Fiction Collection 013 by Various show

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Science fiction (abbreviated SF or sci-fi with varying punctuation and case) is a broad genre of fiction that often involves sociological and technical speculations based on current or future science or technology. This is a reader-selected collection of short stories that entered the US public domain when their copyright was not renewed. Summary by Cori Samuel, with Wikipedia input.

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