April, 2016

LibriVox Community Podcast No. 141

Posted on April 24, 2016 by | Posted in Blog, Librivox Community Podcast, News | Comments: 2 Comments on LibriVox Community Podcast No. 141

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #141, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.

Duration: 42:00

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Hosted by Charlotte Duckett

With contributions from Lean Yau, Carol Box, Maria Kasper, John Burlinson, Caprisha Page, Adele de Pignerolles, and Esther ben Simonides.

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0:00 – Introduction
0:55 – Charlotte Duckett’s first experience of Shakespeare at Librivox
2:37 – Extract from Macbeth (http://librivox.org/the-tragedy-of-macbeth-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring mb and John Leider
4:49 – Lean Yau on the joys of Hamlet at Librivox including Ophelia’s Monologue (http://librivox.org/shakespeare-monologues-collection-vol-12-by-william-shakespeare/)
8:15 – Extract from Hamlet (http://librivox.org/hamlet-version-3-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Elizabeth Klett
11:00 – Carol Box on Early Experiences of Shakespeare
13:30 – Extract from Cymberline (http://librivox.org/shakespearean-dialogues-collection-001-by-wiliam-shakespeare/) Starring Carol Box and David Richardson
14:35 – Extract from The Winter’s Tale (http://librivox.org/the-winters-tale-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Arielle Lipshaw and Bruce Pirie
15:55 – Maria Kasper shares her experiences of Shakespeare
18:38 – Extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (http://librivox.org/a-midsummer-nights-dream-version-3-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Chuck Williamson, Algy Pug, Alan Mapstone, Monika MC, gloriousjob and Libby Gohn
20:02 – Extract from The Tempest (http://librivox.org/the-tempest-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Bruce Pirie, mb and Elizabeth Klett
21:20 – John Burlinson on Audiodramas of Shakespeare Projects
24:49 – Extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (https://librivox.org/a-midsummer-nights-dream-version-4-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Tony Addison, John Burlinson and Sonia
26:40 – Favourite Scenes from Shakespeare (http://librivox.org/favourite-scenes-from-shakespeare-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Tony Addison, John Burlinson, Sonia, Beth Thomas and Michelle Eaton
28:15 – Experiences of Shakespeare from Caprisha Page
29:31 – Extract from Coriolanus (https://librivox.org/shakespearean-dialogues-collection-002-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Duan, Caprisha Page and Martin Geeson
30:23 – A Tribute to Denny Sayers
31:40 – Extract from Romeo and Juliet (http://librivox.org/romeo-and-juliet-version-4-by-william-shakespeare/) Starring Denny Sayers
34:19 – Adele de Pignerolles and Esther ben Simonides – Behind the scenes at the Flashmob Shakespeare Project
41:29 – Outro

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Conquest of Paradise

Posted on April 1, 2016 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 3 Comments on Conquest of Paradise

This month, we put authors from all over Latin America in the spotlight. Experience the diversity of a whole continent with 10 gems from our catalog.

Let’s start with Padre Antonio Vieira who, born in Portugal, moved to Brazil as a child and there became a renowed Jesuit preacher. He felt that the ideal sermon should make the listeners feel discontented with themselves. Find out for yourself from a collection of his Sermões.

Since he was seen as the fulfillment of a catholic prophecy, Garcia Moreno, President of Ecuador 1821 – 1875 was equally revered. Under him the country made a substantial leap forward – until he was assassinated. This biography was written by Augustine Berthe, about whom nothing further seems to be known.

Much more famous than her is Olavo Bilac, since he wrote the lyrics for the Brazilian Flag Anthem. Contos para Velhos are short stories and poems about adult themes, published under a pseudonym.

From adults to stories for boys and girls with La Edad de Oro by José Martí. He was a symbol of Cuba’s independence movement from Spain and to this day is called its apostle. Although he died at only 42, he is an important figure of Latin American literature.

José de Alencar, a lawyer, politician, and writer is probably the most famous representative of Brazilian Romanticism as well as Indianism. In Senhora, Aurélia takes bitter revenge on her fiancé Fernando who left her to marry money instead.

There’s not much money in poetry, so José Hernández earned his keep as journalist and politician in Argentina. Today however, he is best known for the long narrative poem El Gaucho Martín Fierro, considered the pinnacle of gauchesque literature.

The Brazilian Lima Barreto started to write for newspapers in 1902. Already in 1911, at the age of 30, he wrote his pre-modernism masterpiece Triste Fim de Policarpo Quaresma. In it, we follow the life of an army bureaucrat whose patriotism finally leads to his own destruction.

Horacio Quiroga from Uruguay also started writing early, when only 22, although he had many other interests as well like photography, chemistry, philosophy,… In South American Jungle Tales he uses the supernatural and bizarre to showcase every beings struggle for survival.

The greatest writer of Brazilian literature is Machado de Assis. However, the multiligual novelist, playwright, and poet is virtually unknown outside his own country. Esaú e Jacó tells the story of two brothers finding themselves on different political sides in post-independence Brazil.

There are many more Latin American writers that remain to be discovered (and recorded for LibriVox). Some of their finest work has been collected in Pan-American Poems: An Anthology. They were translated into English by Agnes Blake Poor.

Enjoy discovering Latin American authors in our catalog!


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