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Forces of Nature

Posted on April 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment on Forces of Nature

Spring has come, where Mother Nature awakens after her long sleep. See what she’s got up her sleeves with 10 gems from our catalog.

In 11 short chapters, Eva March Tappan explains to kids what lies hidden in the Earth’s bosom. Only serious Diggers in the Earth find her stores of gold, silver, copper, iron, and many more useful things.

On the other hand, sand is everywhere on the Texan prairie, and innocent Letty isn’t happy about it. The people there are just as barren as the land in the novel by Dorothy Scarborough, but wait until Letty meets her greatest foe: The Wind

She would have been much happier in the jungles of Uruguay, full of exotic parrots and flamingos. Horacio Quiroga tells 8 Cuentos de la selva para los niños about his home country. We also have this book in an English translation.

Not quite as exotic is Unser Wald in Germany. Naturalist Curt Grottewitz takes a close look and trees – including fruit trees and bushes – that make up the forests of Europe.

Where the trees end, the domain of the mountaineers begins. Hilary Chayne and Sylvia Thesinger meet in the High Alps near Mont Blanc. Read Running Water by A.E.W. Mason and find out if they can conquer the dangerous Brenva route.

Even the mountains won’t last forever, but The Night the Mountain Fell was still very special. Edmund Christopherson recounts the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake and how it created a completely new landscape in Montana.

Canadian poet Archibald Lampman was very much drawn to his own, harsh country. His 30 Lyrics of Earth speak of a deep love of the land, especially in the cold winter months.

Winter or summer, the life on a Trawler is hard year-round and requires a special type of man. James B. Connolly speaks from experience as he turns the never-ending hunt for fish on the Atlantic Ocean into a short story.

Much smoother waters are sailed by The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat in their summer holiday. But then, an unexpected visitor arrives on the scene and does everything to end their journey for good, in the novel by Laura Lee Hope.

The visitors at the Delville’s annual house party find themselves as unwilling actors in a drama. But then again, what else is there to do during a Rainy Week… This is our dramatic reading of a novel by Eleanor H. Abbott.

Enjoy – and go out and say hello to Mother Nature!


March Love

Posted on March 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment on March Love

March brings spring and spring brings love and romance. If you’re ready to go out and find new love – or rekindle an old one – get in the mood with 10 gems from our catalog.

9 love letters make up our Love Letter Collection 2008. Find out how celebrities and normal people from real life and fiction expressed their feelings to their (future) significant other.

But what if there are more than one potential partners? This is the dilemma Thyrza finds herself in – she’s engaged to a working class man, but falls in love with a student. Find out who will become the lucky husband in the novel by George Gissing.

Marriage is most often the desired outcome of a romantic relationship, even today. Expanding on an earlier lecture, Scottish theologian P. T. Forsyth gives his views on its ethics and religion.

Redemption through love plays a large part in the romantic drama by Spanish playwright José Zorrilla y Moral. After a lifetime of duelling and womanizing, Don Juan Tenorio is given his final chance. Will he take it?

All her life, farm girl Prue was the target of prejudices in her little Shropshire village – all because of her harelip. But weaver Kester is happy to see beyond it. Read Precious Bane by Mary Webb to see if there’s a happy ending.

Then again, a “happily ever after” isn’t all there is to a romance, not even in a Rose-Colored World. Ethel Mary Brodie’s 16 short stories explore how a love affair can play out – any sound familiar?

Sara Teasdale must have experienced romance from all angles. Love Songs is a collection of 72 of her love poems, and it won the first Pulitzer Prize for poetry back in 1918.

Roughly 10 years earlier, Kellogg Durland was asked to describe Royal Romances of Today. This book details the lives and loves of the Queens of Spain and Italy, and of the last Tsarina.

At that time, class was everything. So, when seamstress Toneta and law student Lluis fall in love, things get complicated quickly. Follow La papallona into historic Barcelona in the Catalan novel by Narcís Oller.

Singer Fortunato becomes infatuated by a lady who looks like a marble statue (Marmorbild) in the park. The diabolic knight Donati promises a meeting, and Fortunato is ready to follow him in the German novella by Joseph von Eichendorff.

Enjoy – and good luck falling in love!


Not What It Seems…

Posted on February 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Not What It Seems…

It is known: February is the coldest month of the year. Or is it? Let’s take a closer look at things that may be different than expected with 10 gems from our catalog.

To solve the February riddle from above, just imagine South-Sea Idylls in the Southern Hemisphere… Charles Stoddard did more than just imagine, he travelled those islands and sent letters to a friend.

Irishman Victor Daley went even further down under. The sunshine and freedom of Australia inspired him to write poetry. At Dawn and Dusk is a collection of 67 of his poems.

These are not the right times for ghosts, who like to play with the minds of people. What really happened is often hard to discern, as you will see in the 6 different viewpoints of Cecilia de Noël, a novel by Mary E. Hawker.

Dolliver Wims also elicits widely differing viewpoints. Is he a menace to everyone around him, or just an innocent bystander at random catastrophes? Richard Sabia tells his story in I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon.

A bomb explodes (figuratively) when members of her brother’s circus visit the home of Mrs. Herrick after his death. But this wouldn’t be a comedy by Arthur Wing Pinero if it were obvious from the start who really are The Freaks

Barry Pain explores a different kind of who’s who. Scientist Dr. Myas has invented a machine that can effect An Exchange of Souls between two people. Interestingly, things go really wrong when those two people are of the opposite sex…

When Miss Derrick looks for a home with a family in London, the Mumfords are up for it. But what was meant to bolster family finances takes a downward turn when The Paying Guest arrives. Read the novel by George Gissing to find out more.

Detective Violet Strange needs to find a page from a document – and fast, too. In a room that had been closed for years, she finds the Missing Page Thirteen – and a few more things she hadn’t bargained for. Read the novella by Anna Katharine Green to see what that is.

What happened to Jesus in the 15 years the New Testament leaves out was found in another ancient document, according to Nicolas Notovitch. He stipulates that The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ led him to different, far-off lands…

Charles Bradlaugh had different views on Jesus, God, and Christianity – no wonder, he was the founder of England’s Secular Society. So, his Theological Essays may not quite be what you’d expect from the title.

Enjoy – and stay alert!


Positive Outlook

Posted on January 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Positive Outlook

Happy Brand New 2022! Let’s hope that this year will finally allow us to overcome the pandemic that has held the world hostage for 2 years now… Lift your spirits with 10 gems from our catalog.

Nowhere better to start than with the Outlook Odes by T.W.H. Crosland. His 31 poems in free verse are written as letters addressed to people like the Pope, the Tsar, and also: to Everybody.

These days, everybody should know about Infection and Immunity. George Sternberg writes about disease prevention, and many of his examples in this 1903 book have lost their terror today.

Little Caro loses her fear of the dark when she moves in with her aunt and grandpa. Instead, she learns to shine a light in other people’s lives in the delightful children’s book The Candle and the Cat by Mary F. Leonard.

Nine-year-old Margaret leaves her friends in the New York slums behind to return to her mother. But her troubles are not over, she now has to get to know her new stepfather and his family. Can she face The Turn of the Tide in the novel by Eleanor H. Porter?

The tides bring everlasting change, something that is not allowed in the Empire. Even Emperor Paul is powerless, but then a plot against him is revealed. Is the Ministry of Disturbance behind it? Find out in H. Beam Piper’s surprising novella.

When Helen Keller turned deaf and blind because of an illness, her outlook on life seemed truly bleak. But her life changed when she met a teacher who believed in her, and she was allowed to study at Radcliffe College. The Story of My Life is the autobiography of this remarkable woman.

De Consolatione PhilosophiaeThe Consolation of Philosophy – is a remarkable book on the changes of life’s fortunes and how to take them with humility. It was written in 524 by Boethius while in jail awaiting his trial for (alleged) treason…

Many centuries later, Annette Harcourt also lives a life of hardship. However, holding on to her strong moral compass and values, she is able to see both Trial and Triumph in the novel by Frances E. W. Harper.

To escape the law after killing his master, Ichikurou flees from Edo. He soon repents, however, and becomes a monk. 20 years later after his crime, he meets the son of his dead master… Find out what happens next in the novella Onsyuu no kanata ni by Kikuchi Kan.

A wide range of characters meet at the sanatorium called Sunshine, and they all are seeking cures for their various ailments. Brighten your day with this comedy by playwright Walter Ben Hare.

Enjoy – and have a Happy and Healthy 2022!


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