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Colored Leaves in the Dark

Posted on October 1, 2018 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, Books, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Colored Leaves in the Dark

October brings the cool mornings, early evenings and dark fogs of autumn, but also colorful leaves to go with it. Let’s enjoy the beginning of the autumn season with 10 gems from our catalog.

Speaking of colorful leaves, many poets and writers have been inspired by them to write Autumn Leaves: Original Pieces in Prose and Verse. This particular autumn collection was put together by Anne Wales Abbot.

Equally colorful and fun, but meant for much younger readers are the Seven Autumn Leaves From Fairyland. These lovely one-of-a-kind stories were written by E. Cunningham.

An old story is retold anew by Ramón del Valle-Inclán in Sonata de otoño: Concha, who was once a lover of Bradomin, is dying. When he arrives in her little town, he reflects on their old love and realises that it might not be over after all.

Barely begun has Richard Beresford’s love story with The Rain Girl, when he loses her again. And all that happened on the very first day of tramping the country! Find out if the two find each other again the book by Herbert George Jenkins.

Ryunosuke Akutagawa makes it easier for the young people in his short story Rojyoo. Syunnsuke and Tatsuko also meet in passing in the rain. But a week later, they meet again at a concert, where their romance may finally blossom…

Nowadays, nobody needs to be surprised by rain showers, thanks to modern weather forecasts. They were not always as accurate though; read up on the state of the art of weather forecasting in 1897 in Vol. 8 of the National Geographic Magazine.

No forecast could have helped Anna Christie in Eugene O’Neill’s drama. Reunited with her father after 15 years, she works on his coal barge, and at an accident in the fog she meets sailor Mat. Things look good when they fall in love, but there is Anna’s secret…

Mother Nature does not reveal her secrets easily either, and some discoveries are not accepted for a long time. David Brewster describes the lives of Galileo, Kepler, and Tycho Brahe, and the shadows their work cast on them in his book The Martyrs of Science.

Charles Marlow is not a martyr when taking the assignment as river-boat captain in the Congo. But the longer he works, the more his experiences reveal the Heart of Darkness within the soul. Read the famous novel by Joseph Conrad to find out how he deals with it.

Many people deal with darkness, hardships, and other problems by turning to a higher being. Catholic priest Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani collected his and other’s thoughts masterfully in Light and Peace: Instructions for Devout Souls to Dispel their Doubts and Allay Their Fears.

Enjoy – and many colorful leaves to brighten your autumn!


On School

Posted on September 1, 2018 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 1 Comment on On School

It’s September, so most kids are back in school again. Would you want to go back to school too? Let’s get into the mood with 10 gems from our catalog.

The most important ingredient for success in school is: Memory. How to Develop, Train and Use It is the goal of the little practical book by William Walker Atkinson. It’s meant for everybody who wants to try to improve her- or himself.

The second most important ingredient is the will to succeed. When Baseball Joe at Yale finds out that freshmen are not allowed to play in the varsity, he does everything to get into the team in the second year. Find out if he will in the book by Howard R. Garis.

Friendships forged in school often last a lifetime. Alick, Jack and Terence become friends at a boarding school and enter the Navy together. Starting out as The Three Midshipmen, they have a promising career in front of them in this first novel of a series by William Kingston.

However, not everybody settles easily into school, as Lucy S. Furman describes in Mothering on Perilous, set in Kentucky. There, Cecilia Loring becomes the caretaker of a school garden, but soon enough, she finds herself taking care of the school’s homesick boys as well…

Homesickness is not what the US Office of Civil Defense had in mind with the pamphlet In Time of Emergency. Written at the height of the cold war, it mostly deals with nuclear attacks. However, the two last sections are on Major Natural Disasters like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes…

Earthquakes are common in Japan, but they don’t feature in the book by Katai Tayama, even though it’s based on a real diary. Instead, we learn about Seizo, who, barely older and better educated than his students, tries to become a respectable Inaka Kyoshi (country teacher) in the late 19th century.

Maybe his life would have been easier, had he known Horace Mann, the Father of the Common School. From 1837 to 1848, he sent Annual Reports to the Massachusetts Board of Education covering so diverse topics as curriculum, buildings, instruction methods…

Methods of Instruction do matter as is discovered by the brothers Sganarelle and Ariste. Both want to marry their young wards, but only one of them can graduate from The School for Husbands. Find out if kindness or control will win in the comedy by Moliere.

In the book by Kathleen Norris, Justine freshly graduated from the American School of Domestic Science. Now she takes the position as a maid in the Salisbury household. But with Mr. and Mrs. Salisbury’s different opinions on household management, will Justine become The Treasure they were looking for?

However long one may study, not everything can be learnt, some things are left to intuition. Victor Hugo had to find that out when his son died and he had to take care of his grandchildren. He condensed his feelings towards them in the 18 poems of L’Art d’être grand-père.

Enjoy – and learn something new today!



Posted on August 1, 2018 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 2 Comments on Celebrations!

Happy Anniversary! On August 9, LibriVox will have been around for 13 years! In this time, we have produced 12.000 audiobooks that have been downloaded millions of times. Let’s celebrate with all our volunteers and all our listeners – and 10 gems from our catalogue.

Naturally, we have to start celebrating our volunteers, without whom LibriVox would never have been possible! LibriVox has always been open to people from everywhere, and 55 of our readers joined in our Celebration of Dialects and Accents Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, reading a short fable from Aesop.

The Birthday Party – A Story for Little Folks is a very short book for children by Oliver Optic. It tells about little Flora Lee and her birthday and about the surprises her parents have for Flora.

Lots of surprises happen during The Tinker’s Wedding, a comedy by John Millington Synge. Irish Traveller Michael only wants to marry Sarah because otherwise she’d run off with another man. But then Sarah’s mother runs off with part of the wedding money…

Elizabeth North is determined: money must not be an obstacle in her married life! Her future husband however, sees that differently and tries to mend her spendthrift ways in the novel by Florence Morse Kingsley: And so they were married.

In Jolanthes Hochzeit, it is unclear who is getting married. Freiherr von Hanckel promised a dying friend to find a wife for his son, but when he falls in love with the chosen one himself, things are getting complicated. Will there be a happy ending in the novella by Hermann Sudermann?

5-year-old Bobby is In Search of a Birthday. Not just that, the little orphan is also in search of a new family to celebrate it with! Hopefully, the determined boy gets all he wants in the little book by Lebbeus Mitchell.

Come visit Katharine Mansfield’s Garden Party! This is a collection of 15 short stories by the famous author from New Zealand.

Modern Rule of Law is certainly worth a celebration! Our collection of Magna Carta Commemoration Essays showcases various aspects of this important document.

LibriVox is 13 years old, and we hope to go on strong for a long time to come! Who knows if we’ll ever put out a 200th Anniversary Collection like that for Robert Browning, but nothing is impossible. Only 187 years to go!

On an occasion like this, we cannot let you leave without a little present! We have chosen Princess Mary’s Gift Book for you – a collection of short stories and essays by famous authors like J. M. Barrie, A. Conan-Doyle, R. Kipling, K. Douglass Wiggin, H. Rider Haggard

We want to say a big Thank You! to everybody who has made LIbriVox a success: to all our readers, proof listeners, coordinators, cover makers, admins and technical staff, and of course: to our listeners.

Happy 13th Anniversary, LibriVox!


Crimes and Passion

Posted on July 1, 2018 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off on Crimes and Passion

It’s July – time for the summer holidays! When on the beach, most people seem to read romances or crime fiction, so why not join them with 10 gems from our catalog?

If you can’t decide what to start with, try this 2-in-1: August Strindberg lets fellow playwright and recently engaged Maurice fall in love with Henriette, the mistress of a friend. As if that wasn’t bad enough, both are subsequently accused of murder… Find out what will become of them in the play There are Crimes and Crimes.

Often we know very well what becomes of crime victims, but many other people can be affected too: family and friends of both victim and criminal, police and judges… Walter Wood conducted interviews with such people and published them in Survivor’s Tales of Famous Crimes.

Famous is also Dorothy Osborne, amongst others for her extended, clandestine courtship with Sir William Temple. Unfortunately, only half of this 17th century correspondence has survived, but those are all the Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne.

At least that affair had a happy ending. It doesn’t look quite so good for seamstress Lene and Baron Botho, who fall in love over summer. Once the heat subsides, will they overcome their class difference? The novel Irrungen, Wirrungen by Theodor Fontane caused quite a stir when first published.

Time Crime always causes a stir – it is strictly forbidden to cross time lines and probability boundaries in the story by H. Beam Piper. Paratime Police agent Kiro Soran is ready to track down the gangsters – but in what time exactly should he start looking for them?

Finding the criminals was not a problem that Camden Pelham had when compiling The Chronicles of Crime, Vol. 1. He meticulously and chronologically lists famous crimes from the years 1700 to 1816. Read about 275 cases and their perpetrators, from the cold-hearted murderer to the slow-witted petty criminal.

If this is not enough crime for you, try La Fabrique de crimes. Author Paul Auguste Feval prides himself on having written a novel where in each chapter there are on average 73 murders! And that’s on top of theft, burglaries, swindles, forged documents…

Hopefully much tamer are the 14 stories penned by E. F. Benson and compiled in The Countess of Lowndes Square and Other Stories. The stories are grouped under headings like “Blackmailing Stories”, “Spook Stories” and, interestingly, “Cat Stories”.

If some of the titles of the collection Poems of Passion are brought in a certain order – Solitude, Attraction, Progress, Resolve, Impatience, Love’s coming – Ella Wheeler Wilcox could trace several relationships from beginning to end, including both the good and the bad parts.

Nothing is perfect, there is always a Flaw in the Crystal. When Agatha falls in love with married man Rodney, she can summon him at will with her paranormal abilities. However, once she tries to use them to do good, things turn out more complicated. Read the novel by May Sinclair to see if there is a happy ending after all.

Enjoy – and have happy holidays!


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