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Librivox: Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Mackay, Charles show

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The book chronicles and vilifies its targets in three parts: "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions". The subjects of Mackay's debunking include alchemy, beards (influence of politics and religion on), witch-hunts, crusades and duels. Present day writers on economics, such as Andrew Tobias, laud the three chapters on economic bubbles. (summary from wikipedia)

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Librivox: Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Hardy, Thomas show

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I’LL WRITE THE SUMMARY LATER (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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Librivox: Wealth of Nations, Book 2 and 3, The by Smith, Adam show

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An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of the Scottish economist Adam Smith, published on March 9, 1776 during the Scottish Enlightenment. It is a clearly written account of political economy at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and is widely considered to be the first modern work in the field of economics. (from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Eclogues, The by Vergilius Maro, Publius show

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This book of poems, written between 42 en 39 BC, was a bestseller in ancient Rome, and still holds a fascination today. Held to be divinely inspired not only by the Romans themselves, but by the Medieval Catholic church, The Eclogues is one of the most beloved collections of Latin short poetry. (Summary by Caeristhiona) The translator of this version is unknown. This recording is done in the form of a dramatic reading: in each eclogue, every character is read by a different Librivox volunteer.

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Librivox: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. V, The by Gibbon, Edward show

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The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes, was written by the celebrated English historian Edward Gibbon. The books cover the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 to 1453 and beyond, concluding in 1590. They take as their material the behavior and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell. Gibbon is sometimes called the first “modern historian of ancient Rome.” By virtue of its mostly objective approach and highly accurate use of reference material, Gibbon’s work was adopted as a model for the methodologies of 19th and 20th century historians. (Summary from Wikikipedia)

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Librivox: Specimen Days by Whitman, Walt show

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Specimen Days is essentially the great American poet Walt Whitman's scrap book. It documents most of his life's adventures, espeically his experience serving as a nurse during the Civil War and travelling around America.

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Librivox: Calico Cat, The by Thompson, Charles Miner show

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This is a cute story of a mysterious feline annoyance and the result of a man acting upon his annoyance. The cat begins a vicious spiral of events that ends with lies, the arrest of a boy, and the guilty conscience of a man. (Summary written by Allyson Hester)

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Librivox: First Apology of Justin Martyr, The by Justin Martyr, Saint show

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The purpose of the Apology is to prove to the emperors, renowned as upright and philosophical men, the injustice of the persecution of the Christians, who are the representatives of true philosophy … Christians are the true worshipers of God, the Creator of all things; they offer him the only sacrifices worthy of him, those of prayer and thanksgiving, and are taught by his Son, to whom they assign a place next in honor to him. This teaching leads them to perfect morality, as shown in their teacher's words and their own lives, and founded on their belief in the resurrection. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Librivox: Nariz de un notario, La by About, Edmond show

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Maese Alfredo L'Ambert, antes de recibir el golpe fatal que le obligó a cambiar de narices, era sin duda alguna el notario más notable de Francia. En la época aquella contaba treinta y dos años; era de elevada estatura, y poseía unos ojos grandes y rasgados, una frente despejada y olímpica, y su barba y sus cabellos eran de un rubio admirable. Su nariz (la parte más prominente de su cuerpo), se retorcía majestuosa en forma de pico de águila. Una disputa en la alta sociedad parisina, sin embargo, obligará a Alfredo L’Ambert a poner en juego todos sus principios. Esta es la historia de una pequeña tragedia humana, contada con hilaridad, humor negro e ironía.

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Librivox: Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans Vol. 1 by Plutarchus, Lucius Mestrius show

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Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings. The surviving lives, contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. Plutarch was not concerned with writing histories, as such, but in exploring the influence of character, good or bad, on the lives and destinies of famous men. The first pair of lives the Epaminondas-Scipio Africanus no longer exists, and many of the remaining lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae and/or have been tampered with by later writers. His Life of Alexander is one of the five surviving secondary or tertiary sources about Alexander the Great and it includes anecdotes and descriptions of incidents that appear in no other source. Likewise, his portrait of Numa Pompilius, an early Roman king, also contains unique information about the early Roman calendar. In this copy-right expired 11-volume translation from the Loeb Classical library, the order of the paired lives is rearranged to present the Greek lives in chronological order. Vol 1 presents the paired lives of Theseus and Romulus, Lycurgus and Numa, and Solon and Poplicola. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline)

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