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Librivox: Old Wives' Tale, The by Bennett, Arnold show

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The Old Wives' Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett, first published in 1908. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their stories from their youth, working in their mother's draper's shop, into old age. It is generally regarded as one of Bennett's finest works. It covers a period of about 70 years from roughly 1840 to 1905, and is set in Burslem and Paris. (Summary by Andy)

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Librivox: Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 008 by Various show

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A collection of fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain. The essays, speeches, news items and reports included in this collection were independently selected by the readers, and the topics encompass history, politics, philosophy, nature and religion. Included in this collection are

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Librivox: Siege of Belgrade, The by Watts, Alaric Alexander show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 different recordings of The Siege of Belgrade by Alaric Alexander Watts. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of May 25th, 2008.

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Librivox: Short Poetry Collection 064 by Various show

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LibriVox's Short Poetry Collection 064: a collection of 20 public-domain poems.

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Librivox: Armistice by Jewett, Sophie show

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 different recordings of Armistice by Sophie Jewett. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of June 1st, 2008.

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Librivox: Hospital Sketches by Alcott, Louisa May show

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Alcott in 1862 served as a nurse in Georgetown, D.C during the Civil War. She wrote home what she observed there. Those harrowing and sometimes humorous letters compiled make up Hospital Sketches. (Summary by Aaron Elliott)

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Librivox: Horror Story Collection 004 by Various show

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An occasional collection of 10 horror stories by various readers. We aim to unsettle you a little, to cut through the pink cushion of illusion that shields you from the horrible realities of life. Here are the walking dead, the fetid pools of slime, the howls in the night that you thought you had confined to your more unpleasant dreams.

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Librivox: Leeuw van Vlaenderen of de Slag der Gulden Sporen, De by Conscience, Hendrik show

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Een historische roman die zich afspeelt in Vlaanderen rond de Guldensporenslag in 1302. Vlaanderen is in de handen van de Fransen gevallen, en de Vlaamse vorst en zijn oudste zoon (Robrecht van Bethune, oftewel de Leeuw van Vlaenderen) zijn in gevangenschap in Frankrijk. Uit het volk staan echter twee nieuwe leiders op, om het land te helpen bevrijden van het Franse juk. De strijd mondt uit in de Guldensporenslag, 11 juli 1302, waarin een Vlaams leger van voetknechten tegenover een Frans ridderleger komt te staan. Door het verhaal heen loopt de romance van Machteld, de dochter van Robrecht van Bethune, en ridder Adolf van Nieuwland. Conscience wilde zijn Vlaamse landgenoten bewust maken van hun nationale identiteit en eigenwaarde (vlak na de 19e eeuwse onafhankelijkheidstrijd van Belgie). Met het grote success van De Leeuw van Vlaenderen werd Conscience bekend als “de man die zijn volk leerde lezen.” (Samenvatting door Anna Simon) A historic novel about the “Battle of the Golden Spurs”, in 1302 in Flanders, and the events leading up to it. The story is laced with a romance between Machteld, daugher of Robrecht van Bethune (also known as "The Lion of Flanders") and the knight Adolf van Nieuwland. Conscience wanted to make his Flemish fellow-countrymen aware of their national identity and feeling of self-worth (shortly after Belgium gained independence). As a consequence of the huge success of this book, Conscience became known as “the man who taught his people how to read." (Summary by Anna Simon). The story is read in Dutch.

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Librivox: John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by London, Jack show

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Jack London died at the age of forty. In this autobiographical work, London describes his life as seen through the eyes of John Barleycorn (alcohol). There is much controversy about the cause of his death just as there is about alcoholism and addiction. London's brutally frank and honest analysis of his own struggles and bouts with alcohol was way before its time and more modern theories of addiction. With remarkable candor and insight, London describes the demons and gods he encountered through both friend and enemy, John Barleycorn. (Summary by Peter Kelleher)

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Librivox: Udvalgte Danske Eventyr 001 by Andersen, Hans Christian show

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"H. C. Andersen opfattes af de fleste mennesker først og fremmest som en børnebogsforfatter. Det er samtidig meget typisk for hans eventyr, at fortællingerne også rummer passager, der taler til den voksne læsers forståelse. Derfor kan såvel børn som voksne have glæde af at opleve - eller genopleve - historierne. Samlingen her indeholder både kendte og mindre kendte eventyr og rummer et lille udsnit af H. C. Andersens mangfoldige forfatterskab." Summary by Kristoffer Hunsdahl

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