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LibriVox Community Podcast No. 142

Posted on June 12, 2016 by | Posted in Librivox Community Podcast, News | Comments: 0

Listen to LibriVox Community Podcast #142, wishing Bill (a LibriVox listener) a Happy 102nd Birthday!

Duration: 14:12

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Hosted by MaryAnn Spiegel

With contributions from Roger Melin, Newgatenovelist, Gaby, Lucy Perry, Monika M. C., Boris, Charlotte Duckett, John Burlinson, and Sonia.

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Show Notes:
00:00 Introduction
01:55 Roger
02:23 Newgatenovelist,
02:41 Zwergwolf
06:40 Lucy_k_p
06:50 moniaqua
07:17 Boris
09:14 catrose
10:16 Jburlinson
11:16 Kitty
12:36 MaryAnnSpiegel
13:39 Boris
13:58 Conclusion

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Tulip Fever

Posted on June 1, 2016 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: 0

Since we have a very strong Dutch speaking community on LibriVox, let’s have a look at 10 gems from our catalog written by Dutch authors.

Probably the most famous one we have is Vincent van Gogh. Yes, to be fair, he was not an author, but one of the greatest painters who ever lived… Still, some letters to his brother and his friend E. Bernard have survived and are collected in The Letters of a Post-Impressionist.

Then there is Louis Couperus, one of the foremost figures of Dutch literature who wrote more than 40 books, not including his poetry and short stories. In his Langs Lijnen van Geleidelijkheid, 23 year old divorcee Cornelie de Retz goes to Italy in search of a new life. The English version caused quite a stir because of the explicit eroticism of the book.

Not quite so explicit is Goena-goena about a woman willing to do anything to take the man she loves from his wife. It was written by Paul Adriaan Daum who, despite having received very little education, founded the largest newspaper in the Dutch East Indies.

Via their colonies in the East Indies, the Dutch were involved in the slave trade. Twee redevoeringen tegen de slavernij in de Nederlandse koloniën contains two pamphlets written by the historian Julien Wolbers and the theologian Nicolaas Beets, where they make their case for abolition.

Whether they did it in The Imitation of Christ is not known, even though they might have read this book in Dutch even. It was written by Thomas a Kempis, a Dutch canon reguar, in the 15th century and remains the best known manual of Christian devotion. We also have a Latin version of it.

Alphonse Olterdissen wrote in a completely different language: the local dialect of Maastricht, a town in the south of the Netherlands. The final stanza of one of his operas even became the local anthem of the city. Here we present you with Drei korte verhaole in ‘t Meestrechs.

Maarten Maartens also did not write in Dutch but in English, and because his frail health forced him to move all through Europe, he is all but forgotten in the Netherlands. His books were popular in England though, for example God’s Fool about a deaf and blind man who becomes the richest man in town and now has to keep his brothers in check…

A much larger following in his own country has Herman Heijermans, the son of liberal Jews born in Rotterdam. Although mainly a playwright, under the pseudonym Samuel Falkland he wrote hundreds of short stories. His book Gevleugelde Daden is a humorous story about the first Dutch pioneers of flying.

A pioneer of a different kind was Christiaan Huygens. He was a 17th century mathematician and natural philosopher, and considered one of the leading scientists of his time. He is especially remembered for his wave theory of light, which he published in the 1690 work Treatise on Light, the largest book on optics before Newton’s book of 1704.

Hieronymus van Alphen was a lawyer in Utrecht, who became the minister of finance towards the end of the Dutch Republic. In his spare time he wrote mostly religious poetry, but the tiny book of 66 Kleine Gedigten voor Kinderen is his most famous legacy.

Enjoy discovering Dutch authors in our catalog!

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La Dolce Vita

Posted on May 1, 2016 by | Posted in about LibriVox, Blog, For Volunteers, Monthly Picks, News | Comments: Comments Off

Romance is the big theme in May, and where better to go and find it than in Italy? Let’s have a look at 10 gems from our catalog written by authors from Italy.

When talking about Italian romance, the Betrothed Lucia and Renzo come to mind. Deeply in love with each other, they are still prevented to marry in the masterpiece by Alessandro Manzoni. Interestingly, before Manzoni started writing at age 15, he was considered a dunce, but already his first sonnets were highly acclaimed.

The above book was a milestone in developing modern Italian, something the Renaissance humanist scholar Sperone Speroni would have been proud of. His Dialogo delle lingue is a defense of the vernacular languages of Italy instead of Latin, which was still favoured when he lectured on philosophy in Padua.

Another philosopher, this time of the Age of Enlightenment, was Cesare Beccaria. Appalled at what he saw as a jurist, he penned An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, condemning torture and the death penalty. Beccaria was considered a most talented jurist, and his ideas are known to have influenced the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Giovanni Verga was also set to become a jurist, but while officially studying law, he used his fathers money to publish his first novel. Under the Shadow of Etna: Sicilian Stories is a selection of his short stories that revolve around rural life in Sicily as he knew it from childhood.

Cuore, the diary of a 10 year old boy, sends us back to childhood as well. It was published when school began in 1886 and became an immediate success amongst children (and possible adults too). It is the most acclaimed work of Edmondo de Amicis, an officer in the Army of the Kingdom of Italy, who turned novelist, journalist, and short story writer.

Hundreds of short stories and more than 40 novels came from the feather of Luigi Pirandello, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934. Here we offer you Il fu Mattia Pascal, who, unhappy with his life, sneaks away to Monte Carlo where he makes a fortune. On the way back home he discovers that his wife had declared him dead, which leaves him free to go wherever he likes…

Equally fond of travelling was Emilo Salgari. Born in Verona, he wanted to explore the sea, but he never graduated from his studies of seamanship, thus ending his dream. Instead, he turned to writing, for example Le meraviglie del Duemila, a brilliant science fiction story where two men from 1903 travel to 2003 and explore railroads under ground and cities under water.

Guido Gustavo Gozzano did travel quite a bit between the Riviera and mountain villages, but it was not done for amusement, but to improve his health. Unfortunately, it did not work as hoped, and he died when only 32. What a loss, because his book of poetry I Colloqui, published only 5 years before, was an acclaimed success.

Successful were certainly those who made it into the Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari. He himself was a painter and architect, and a friend of Michelangelo’s, but he is most remembered for the book above, which is considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing; and that despite a certain bias in favour of the Florentines.

The Venitian catholic priest Lorenzo da Ponte may not have cared for fame very much. Still, he left us 28 librettos that were turned into operas by 11 composers. Among them is Don Juan, which Mozart famously renamed Don Giovanni and set to unforgettable music.

Enjoy finding new Italian authors in our catalog!

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LibriVox Community Podcast No. 141

Posted on April 24, 2016 by | Posted in Librivox Community Podcast, News | Comments: 2 Comments

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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We are interested in whatever feedback – positive or constructively critical – anyone has about our podcasts. Add a comment below or pop over to this forum thread. Any member of the community who has contributed readings to the LibriVox catalog can host a podcast and is most welcome to do so. Visit this thread on the forum to express an interest and float your ideas.

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Recent past LibriVox Community Podcast files can be found at our spot on: Archive.org and archived shows for previous years can be found at: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013-2016.

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