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Librivox: Traveller-heart, The by Lindsay, Vachel show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of The Traveller-heart by Vachel Lindsay. This was the weekly poetry project for February 22nd, 2009.

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Librivox: Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor show

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Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money, thereby solving his financial problems and at the same time, he argues, ridding the world of evil. Crime and Punishment is considered by many as the first of Dostoevsky's cycle of great novels, which would culminate with his last completed work, The Brothers Karamazov, shortly before his death. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Om de schatten van Il Tigretto by Been, Johan show

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Avonturenverhaal, vervolg op "Paddeltje, de scheepsjongen van Michiel de Ruyter". Verschillende mensen azen op de beruchte schatten van de gevreesde roverhoofdman Il Tigretto. Zowel Paddeltje als Veritas raken tegen wil en dank betrokken bij de zoektocht. A treasure hunt on the high seas - story read in Dutch.

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Librivox: Two Years in the Forbidden City by Yu, Der Ling, Princess show

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THE author of the following narrative has peculiar qualifications for her task. She is a daughter of Lord Yu Keng, a member of the Manchu White Banner Corps, and one of the most advanced and progressive Chinese officials of his generation. she became First Lady-in-Waiting to the Empress Dowager, and while serving at the Court in that capacity she received the impressions which provide the subject-matter of this book. Her opportunity to observe and estimate the characteristics of the remarkable woman who ruled China for so long was unique, and her narrative throws a new light on one of the most extraordinary personalities of modern times. Yielding to the urgent solicitation of friends, she consented to put some of her experiences into literary form, and the following chronicle, in which the most famous of Chinese women, the customs and atmosphere of her Court are portrayed by an intimate of the same race, is a result. (Summary adapted from the Foreword, by Thomas F. Millard)

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Librivox: Brain Twister by Phillips, Mark show

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"Mark Phillips" is, or are, two writers: Randall Garrett and Laurence M. Janifer. Their joint pen-name, derived from their middle names (Philip and Mark), was coined soon after their original meeting, at a science-fiction convention. Both men were drunk at the time, which explains a good deal, and only one has ever sobered up. A matter for constant contention between the collaborators is which one. Originally published as That Sweet Little Old Lady, Brain Twister follows the adventures of FBI agent Kenneth J. Malone as he attempts to unravel the machinations of a telepathic spy. His first problem: how do you find a telepath to catch the first telepath? The novella was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1960. (Summary from the text and Catharine Eastman)

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Librivox: Exploits Of Elaine, The by Reeve, Arthur B. show

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The Exploits of Elaine It tells the story of a young woman named Elaine who, with the help of a detective, tries to find the man, known only as "The Clutching Hand", who murdered her father. (Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Path of Prosperity, The by Allen, James show

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Summary from The Path of Prosperity: I looked around upon the world, and saw that it was shadowed by sorrow and scorched by the fierce fires of suffering. And I looked for the cause. I looked around, but could not find it; I looked in books, but could not find it; I looked within, and found there both the cause and the self-made nature of that cause. I looked again, and deeper, and found the remedy. I found one Law, the Law of Love; one Life, the Life of adjustment to that Law; one Truth, the truth of a conquered mind and a quiet and obedient heart. And I dreamed of writing a book which should help men and women, whether rich or poor, learned or unlearned, worldly or unworldly, to find within themselves the source of all success, all happiness, all accomplishment, all truth. And the dream remained with me, and at last became substantial; and now I send it forth into the world on its mission of healing and blessedness, knowing that it cannot fail to reach the homes and hearts of those who are waiting and ready to receive it.

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Librivox: Wahlverwandtschaften, Die by Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von show

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Eduard, ein reicher Baron, lebt mit seiner Gattin Charlotte zurückgezogen in einem Schloss, das von einem großen Park umgeben ist. In zweiter Ehe haben die beiden Liebenden von einst endlich zueinander gefunden. Glücklich über ihre neue Lebenssituation widmen sie sich vornehmlich dem Garten und der Parkgestaltung. Diese Idylle wird gestört, als Eduard seinen Freund, den Hauptmann, auf das Anwesen einlädt. So lässt auch Charlotte ihre Nichte Ottilie herbeiholen, damit diese ihr Gesellschaft leistet. Bald schon fühlt sich Eduard zu Ottilie und Charlotte zum Hauptmann hingezogen. Eines Nachts schleicht Eduard heimlich durchs Schloss und gerät auf der Suche nach Ottilie - "eine sonderbare Verwechslung ging in seiner Seele vor" - ins Schlafgemach seiner Gemahlin. In seiner Vorstellung ist es jedoch Ottilie, die er in den Armen hält, indes Charlotte das Bild des Hauptmanns vorschwebt. Aus dieser Vereinigung geht ein Kind hervor. Als der Abschied von Ottilie und dem Hauptmann droht, gesteht Eduard Ottilie seine Liebe. Der Hauptmann und Charlotte verständigen sich wortlos, ihrer gemeinsamen Liebe zu entsagen. Eduard hingegen kann seine Gefühle nicht unterdrücken und zieht aus Verzweiflung in den Krieg. Das Kind, welches gleichermaßen Ottilie und dem Hauptmann, nicht aber seinen leiblichen Eltern ähnelt, befindet sich in der Obhut von Ottilie, als Eduard aus dem Krieg zurückkehrt. Eduard bedrängt sie erneut in unbändiger Art. Ottilie versucht auszuweichen, indem sie in einem Kahn über den See zurückrudert. Beim hastigen Einsteigen kentert das Boot jedoch und das Kind ertrinkt. Ottilie beschließt daraufhin, ihrer Liebe zu Eduard zu entsagen. Schließlich zieht sie sich zurück, spricht und isst nicht mehr, bis sie letztlich an Schwäche stirbt. Eduard ist zum Schluss lebensmüde, stirbt aber eines natürlichen Todes. Der Roman ist ein typischer Vertreter der Weimarer Klassik. Goethe greift ein gesellschaftliches Thema auf und verbindet es mit einem naturwissenschaftlichen Gleichnis. Die gesellschaftlichen Zwänge von Sitte und Norm werden den individuellen Empfindungen und Neigungen gegenübergestellt. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Virginian, The by Wister, Owen show

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Quote: Ostensibly a love story, the novel really revolves around a highly mythologized version of the Johnson County War in 1890's Wyoming ... The novel takes the side of the large ranchers, and depicts the lynchings as frontier justice, meted out by the protagonist, who is a member of a natural aristocracy among men. (from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Republic, The by Plato show

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The Republic is a Socratic dialogue by Plato, written in approximately 380 BC. It is one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory, and arguably Plato's best known work. In it, Socrates and various other Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man by constructing an imaginary city ruled by philosopher-kings. The dialogue also discusses the nature of the philosopher, Plato's Theory of Forms, the conflict between philosophy and poetry, and the immortality of the soul. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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