July, 2015

Dear Friends…

Posted on July 1, 2015 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 9 Comments

July 30th marks the International Friendship Day. Enough reason – if you need one – to make new friends and remember the old ones. Get in the mood with 10 gems from our catalog.

Can father and son be friends once the son is an adult? Stephen Stratton thinks so and writes him a letter detailing his life-long love to a childhood friend. Read about The Passionate Friends in the novel by H. G. Wells.

Jack and Jill are also childhood friends, but a serious sledding accident keeps them bedridden and apart for months. Find out what their friends and family do to help them recover in the book by Louisa May Alcott.

Everybody needs friends, and Peter Kropotkin even argues that Mutual Aid and cooperation were an important factor driving (human) evolution, just like strife and competition.

A competition arises between the friends Palamon and Arcite when both fall in love with beautiful Emilia. Only one of them will get her hand in the end – find out who in our production of The Two Noble Kinsmen by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher.

Happy endings for everybody can be expected in Old Friends and New Fancies, where Sybil G. Brinton, in one of the earliest examples of fan fiction, brings together the characters from all six Austen novels for new romantic adventures.

D’Artagnan is also looking for adventures when he leaves his village to go to Paris. Soon, he finds himself in an intrigue involving the Queen of France, Cardinal Richelieu and the mysterious Lady de Winter… The famous novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is also available in the original French and in Dutch.

Nello is an orphan who lives with his grandfather near Antwerp. One day they find a badly beaten dog and nurse him back to health. Find out where the deep friendship between Patrasche, A Dog of Flanders, and Nello goes in the famous book by Ouida.

While dogs are often considered man’s best friend, there are just as many cat persons out there who would dispute that. The Kitten’s Garden of Verses by Oliver Herford is a book of delightful poetry for kittens – and all who love them.

Some friendships are made to last. Oscar Wilde: The Story of an Unhappy Friendship is the first of four biographies written by Robert Sherard, who was a close friend of the famous author for more than 20 years.

Probably, only The Friendship of Christ lasts beyond the grave. Robert Hugh Benson, an Anglican priest who converted to Catholicism, preached extensively upon the topic in London and Rome in the years 1910 and 1911.

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