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Librivox: Utilitarianism by Mill, John Stuart show

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John Stuart Mill's book Utilitarianism is one of the most influential and widely-read philosophical defenses of utilitarianism in ethics. The essay first appeared as a series of three articles published in Fraser's Magazine in 1861; the articles were collected and reprinted as a single book in 1863. It went through four editions during Mill's lifetime with minor additions and revisions. Although Mill includes discussions of utilitarian ethical principles in other works such as On Liberty and The Subjection of Women , Utilitarianism contains Mill's only major discussion of the fundamental grounds for utilitarian ethical theory. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: High waving heather 'neath stormy blasts bending by Brontë, Emily show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 different recordings of High waving heather 'neath stormy blasts bending by Emily Brontë. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of April 6th, 2008.

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Librivox: Gawayne and the Green Knight, version 2 by Lewis, Charlton Miner show

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Published in 1903, Gawayne and the Green Knight is a modern-language retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a 14th-century verse romance following a young knight of the Round Table. During Christmas celebrations, a mysterious, entirely green knight presents a challenge to King Arthur's court: that any may strike the stranger a single blow with his green axe, provided he assent to receiving the same a year later. Gawayne accepts the challenge, and its unexpected outcome leads to a great test of his courage and knighthood. A significant addition to this version is the Lady Elfinhart, whose back-story and romance with Gawayne are tightly interwoven with the plot. (Summary by Jerome Lawsen)

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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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