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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on January 1, 2023 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 0

Happy New Year! Have you made any New Year’s resolutions, big, small, or medium-sized? Get inspired to change your life with 10 gems from our catalogue.

But first, let’s properly celebrate A Happy New Year with 27 verses by Charles de la Poer Beresford. Some poems fit this season, others have more special topics, like the Londonderry city election.

It’s a very special day for Tom Playfair when he is sent to St. Maure’s boarding school run by Jesuits. There, the unruly boy must learn to adapt in the novel for young boys by Francis J. Finn.

When an American visits England, smaller adjustments are to be expected. But when WWI breaks out in this story by H. G. Wells, war upends the lives of everybody. It is possible that Mr. Britling Sees it Through?

In such cases, a Victorious Attitude is invaluable. Orison Swett Marden teaches you how to improve your life and overcome obstacles by reducing negative thoughts and having faith in yourself.

In football, such advice comes from the coach – but the team of Clearfield High hast just lost theirs. Can they find a new one before The Secret Play against Springfield? Ralph Henry Barbour knows more.

Want to know more about cooking? Janet McKenzie Hill is an expert on Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties. This short book will turn you into a veritable god or goddess of food.

Then again, being a god isn’t all it’s made out to be. The gods of Ancient Greece find themselves in modern society and need a new purpose. How this turns out is explored in the comedy Os Deuses de Casaca by Machado de Assis.

Johann Peter Hebel is a quite funny writer too. His short Kalendergeschichten were written for – and became a highlight of – the Rheinländischer Hausfreund. This is a selection of six of his stories.

The imperial diamonds, a highlight from Turkey, went missing in London. While police suspect an insider, Reginald Brett thinks otherwise. Can the hobby detective solve The Albert Gate Mystery in the story by Louis Tracy?

A new year – a new hobby! How about learning the Art of Ventriloquism and Vocal Illusions from Frederic Maccabe? This little book provides you with the theory and with practical exercises. Both will come handy when you start recording for us this year. Just sayin’…

Enjoy – and we wish you all a wonderful 2023!


Spirituality & Christmas

Posted on December 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment on Spirituality & Christmas

Happy December, month of Christmas! Whether you’ll be celebrating it or not, here are 10 gems from our catalog to lift your spirits.

Given the time of the year, The Spring of Joy may seem an odd choice. But Mary Webb was passionate about nature, and this collection of essays helped her through a bout of serious illness.

Even more serious is the mission of centurion Marcellus: eradicate the Christians of Rome. But when he delves deeper into their world and hears about The Martyr of the Catacombs, his own life is soon on the line too. Find out what happens in our dramatic reading of the book by James de Mille.

Not only Jesus is seen as the god of protection, compassion, and tenderness. In Hinduism, it is Sree Krishna, the Lord of Love, who has these attributes. Baba Premanand Bharati explains the circular life of the universe in this introduction to Hinduism.

Christie Tucker is introduced to the new railway in her town in a most exciting way: By a birthday train ride to visit her uncle for a day. But Christie’s Christmas doesn’t go as smoothly as planned in our brand-new novel by Pansy.

A soldier’s duty is never easy, especially during holidays. In La navidad en las montañas by Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, a soldier and a priest meet unexpectedly and proceed to celebrate Christmas together.

A group of colorful people come together on a missionary trip to northern Siberia. But На краю света (On the Edge of the World), life takes on a new meaning. Nikolai Leskov expresses rare ideas of freedom of faith in this Russian novel.

Although Buddhism is one of the largest faiths in the world, the absence of a god makes it more of a philosophy, rather than a religion. H. S. Olcott gives a very brief introduction to its history and morals in The Buddhist Catechism.

Some moral lessons are timeless and transcend culture. The Baital Pachchisi (aka the Vikram Betal) from 11 century India uses 25 short stories to teach children moral and social lessons. This edition is by Duncan Forbes.

For many kids, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Santa Claus. But honestly, what do we really know about the guy on a reindeer sleigh who brings presents? L. Frank Baum lifts the mystery in his book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

No matter if you’re still a kid or already grown, you can prepare for your very own Christmas in Poetry. This is a collection of 40 Christmas carols and poems by many authors from different lands and different times.

Enjoy – and have a wonderful and merry Christmas!


A Bit of Quiet

Posted on November 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on A Bit of Quiet

With its early evenings and foggy mornings, November is the perfect month to slow down a little. Get some peace and quiet with 10 gems from our catalog.

Lately, most of us spent more time than we wanted In the Closed Room. But for a shy girl whose family does some house sitting in the suburbs, this becomes a blessing when she discovers a new playmate there. Find out more in the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When Bliss Perry wanted to be left alone, he went out to the river for a bit of fishing and thinking. However, as he was Fishing With a Worm, he found himself lured just as much as the fish he was trying to catch…

Being a loner is perfectly fine, just try not to count among The Bores when you do socialize. Moliere penned this comedy to entertain the king of France in only 15 days. What’s it about… well, listen for yourself!

15-year-old Maude is serious about finding out what to do with her life. So, she writes poetry contrasting religious devotion and her budding wordly desires. This novella by Christina Rossetti is believed to be autobiographical.

No doubt a biography is The Quiet Flame by Eva K. Betz. It is about the quiet heroine Mother Marianne of Molokai, who spent 30 years working tirelessly in the leper colony of the same name.

When an idealistic American went to fight in WWI, he may have wanted to return as a hero in the novel by Claude Washburn. Instead, The Lonely Warrior comes home disillusioned, and, leaving his fiancée to fend for herself, he retreats into apathy.

Army captain Randolph B. Marcy was positioned in the vanguard at the time of the American pioneers. His 1859 guide book The Prairie Traveller gives 28 itineraries and explains what to do on a solo trip through the wilderness.

Not entirely on his own is Harry Walton, the new vicar of Marshmallows. However, there is something wrong in the little town… He lays out his suspicions in Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, a novel by George MacDonald.

Even more quiet are the surroundings of the protagonist in Bruno Frank’s novella Im dunkeln Zimmer. Suffering from an eye disease, he is advised to stay in a darkened room, with only the doctor and a nurse coming to visit. Soon, his imagination runs wild…

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps had lots of imagination, and 64 of her poems are collected under the title Songs of the Silent World and Other Poems. Plenty of topics to think about!

Enjoy – and take some time out if you can!


On Disabilities

Posted on October 1, 2022 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on On Disabilities

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, and thanks to our volunteers, we have a number of books that deal with blindness and other disabilities. Let’s have a look at 10 of these gems from our catalog.

When it comes to Blindness Awareness, few have done more here than Helen Keller. An illness took her sight at an early age, and she had to learn to use her other senses to find her way around The World I Live In.

The world Sir Gibbie lives in is a dreary one. The motherless boy roams the Scotland moors to avoid his alcoholic father. But even though he can’t speak (and may be autistic), he finds ways to touch everybody he meets in the novel by George MacDonald.

The story of Kaspar Hauser, the foundling of Nuremberg, still touches people. His early childhood was spent in a dark bunker, deprived of any human contact. Anselm von Feuerbach became Kaspar’s guardian and tells the story as he knows it.

Judith doesn’t know how her cousin was murdered in her very presence – of course not, since she is deaf. Detective Ferguson is called to solve what he thinks is an inside job in The Unseen Ear by Natalie Sumner Lincoln.

Private detective Max Carrados takes on numerous cases, the more difficult, the better. His blindness is not an obstacle, as he trusts the observations of his butler, Parkinson, in the well-loved series by Ernest Bramah.

Trusting somebody is fine – until you’re taken advantage of. The Blind Hannah finds this out when her parents arrange her marriage. Her husband obviously has a secret, but what is it? Jacob Steinberg tells you in his short story.

Overcoming the limits of disabilities can be the secret to success in life. In The Privilege of Pain, Carolin Everett discusses the lives of disabled artists, politicians, philosophers, scientists, poets…

Alfred Castner King is one of them. A mining accident blinded him, and with insufficient education and money, he feared to be completely useless. Until he picked up a pen during convalescence and opened up in Mountain Idylls and Other Poems.

Vladimir Korolenko tried to analyse the inner life of the blind in what he calls a psychological study. The Blind Musician weaves together the stories of several blind people, all with their own struggles, setbacks, and successes.

The lives of 14-year-old Tom and his Blind Brother Bennie are equally intertwined. Together they work in Pennsylvania coal mines to pay for Bennie’s surgery. But in Homer Greene’s novel, which we made into a dramatic reading, life isn’t easy…

Enjoy – and remember: it’s Blindness Awareness Month!


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