October, 2011

Correspondence

Posted on October 31, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

November makes the last leaves fall as well as the temperature – a great time to stay at home and get in touch with friends… To get you in the write mood, we present 10 corresponding gems from our catalog.

The Cathay poems, written by Ezra Pound, or rather, tranlated from the Japanese and Chinese, contain Exile’s Letter by the Chinese poet Li Po. Enjoy also the other poems, most of them with travel as theme.

Another travel narrative are the 25 Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft. She went there to restore a failing relationship, and ended up writing her most popular book – composed of her letters and journal entries.

Squire Bramble’s family is travelling through England, and the letters to their friends tell about The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker, the adventures of one of their ostlers. Interesting is that none of the letters in Tobias Smollett’s funniest work is written by Humphrey himself…

On the other extreme are the 320 Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman that Philip Stanhope, the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, wrote during his lifetime, an enormous manual on self-improvement.

The improvement of the life of a fatherless child was the main motivation behind the letters – and the money sent – of an American boy to his Deer Godchild in France of World War I. The letters were put together by Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell.

Daddy Long Legs is the name a young orphan girl gives to her benefactor who pays her college education to become a writer. In return he expects regular letters to see how much she has learned. Find out if the money was well invested in Jean Webster’s well known novel.

Carl Stanton invested his money in an agency to have romantic letters written to him. After all, he is chained to his bed with bad rheumatism, and his girlfriend is not really into letter writing. In the end, however, he gets more than he paid for in Eleanor Hallowell Abbott’s novel Molly Make Believe.

Another romantic story unfolds in the letters of Pamela to her parents. In this epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, the long resistance of the teenage housemaid is finally rewarded when her master proposes to her.

Letters of Two Brides, namely Louise de Chaulieur and Renée de Maucombe, describes the lives of two young women, starting from the time when they left the convent where they first met. Honoré de Balzac takes you on a journey spanning 17 years and 56 letters.

You know me, Al, by Ring Lardner tells two years of baseball history in a fictional setting: A typical men’s friendship where Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack Keefe keeps writing letters to his old friend Al at home.

Enjoy – and don’t forget to write!

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5000 projects in the catalog!

Posted on October 28, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, News, Uncategorized | Comments: 5 Comments

Today we welcome the 5000th project to LibriVox.

It’s Roderick Hudson by Henry James.
Read by Nicholas Clifford
Dedicated Proof-Listener: Martin Geeson
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: Annise

It was the second of December last year, we announced the 4000th LibriVox project.

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A flood of new audiobooks for you

Posted on October 12, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, For Volunteers, News, site & admin, Uncategorized | Comments: 12 Comments

We are delighted to report that we have been able to recommence the cataloguing of completed audiobooks. Indeed, 29 have been added in the last 24 hours, and there are many more to come.

Most audiobooks have now had their RSS and iTunes links restored. The rest should be added within the next few days.

The New Releases feed had only appeared broken because there was nothing to put in it. It is now full of goodies for your edification and enjoyment.

Have fun!

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Scientific Studies

Posted on October 1, 2011 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

Schools and universities have started again after summer. Why not use 10 gems of our catalogue to catch up on the vast field of science?

Now…where to start… Well, probably at the beginning: Charles Darwin waited over 10 years before publishing his results on evolution, and his seminal work applying it to humans The Descent of Man caused a great stir among scientists and the general public alike.

Once man climbed down the trees, shed his fur and started to walk upright, new challenges presented themselves: Finding food and shelter, producing clothes and weapons, watching the fire… Follow Ugh-lomi and his tribe as H. G. Wells tells A Story of the Stone Age.

At that time the world must have been an overwhelming sight: Enormous forests, vast grasslands, huge herds of all kinds of animals… Read Robert S. Yard’s Book of the National Parks for a tiny glimpse into that world.

Going Green is considered a good thing to do. Mostly. But… what if it goes too far? In Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore, a green invasion takes place – not of Martians, no, but of grass…

Scientists do have to push the boundaries to gain new insights. And often they have to leave their safe havens and explore unknown lands. This is what a square does when it leaves the realms of Flatland to explore life on a line and in space. Read the delightful novel with a mathematical tinge by Edwin A. Abbott.

The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus is a classical story of a scientist yearning for knowledge and engaging the help of the devil to do so. Listen to our production of Christopher Marlowe’s drama

Frankenstein is another classic example of a scientist whose unleashed monsters haunt him for the rest of his life. Nothing more needs to be said about the best know book by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

Electricity is the spark standing at the core of our modern world. In 1913, Robert A. Millikan published his famous oildrop experments in On the Elementary Electrical Charge, which won him the Nobel Prize 10 years later.

In our technological world, the majority of people have all they need and even more they want. But what would you do if there was a forseeable end to all the comfort? Check out E. M. Forster’s short novel The Machine Stops and decide for yourself.

Let’s finish with poetry: To Science is contained in a collection of Edgar Allan Poe Poems. Unusual topic you mean? Well, yes, but so are love poems written by the master of horror…

Enjoy – and never stop studying!

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