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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9 comments

  1. Brhane says:

    Hej

  2. Ven sumangala says:

    I like this very much and it’s really helpful to study English. Thanks so much for your great work.

    (I’m a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk so I kindly ask your permition to down load only for study purpose. Please be kind enough to give me your permition. Thanks so much again and again and wish you all all the best and happiness.

  3. Amy says:

    Hello! Where can listeners find information on volunteering and recording readings? I would like to help!

  4. Rosalie says:

    Please send me more information on the volunteer reading program

  5. Daniel hines says:

    Mistakenly opened diary of Samuel pepys

    Realized it was a paid book and closed and left immediately. Do not charge
    I am removing paid books…too easy to mistakenly open on phone pls advise.

  6. LibriVoxer says:

    Amy and Rosalie, thanks for your interest! We need all the readers we can get, and you are very welcome to contribute!
    More information about volunteering can be found on this page:
    https://librivox.org/pages/volunteer-for-librivox/

  7. LibriVoxer says:

    Daniel, I’m sorry you had this experience, but we do not charge for our books! All our books are free to download from our catalog.

    Except for the catalog which you can find on here, we do not provide any other means of downloading. Meaning: we do not make any of the apps you may have used to dowload the Diary of Samuel Pepys. Some app producers unfortunately charge for our books, but there is nothing we can do about it, as all our recordings are in the public domain.

  8. Barbara says:

    I have used and loved LibriVox for a few years. I send you many thanks for the wonderful selections. BUT. — while listening to Dickens’s “Dombey & Son”, for the first time my ears have been bombarded by the loudest, most awful music I could imagine. I fear that my eardrums have been harmed. What can I do to eliminate that horrible ad? I do not know what it advertises because I rip out my earbuds as soon as it starts. Please send me an email reply. Thank you.

  9. LibriVoxer says:

    I am sorry that you had this experience Barbara. Librivox does not use any music in our projects, and we certainly do not advertise beyond our disclaimer “This is a librivox recording. All librivox recordings are in the public domain…”
    Unfortunately you don’t say where you downloaded this book, so I can only assume that some third party used our recording of Dombey and Sons and slapped their own advertising on it. Nothing we can do about this, I’m afraid.
    If you want to be free from advertising and music, please download our books from their respective catalog page here on librivox.org.

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