Giacomo Leopardi – Ultimo canto di Saffo – Audiobook – Lettura di Sergio Baldelli

Placida notte, e verecondo raggio
della cadente luna; e tu, che spunti
fra la tacita selva in su la rupe,
nunzio del giorno; oh dilettose e care,
mentre ignote mi fûr l’Erinni e il Fato (…)

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Luigi Pirandello – Novelle per un anno – Vol. 05 – La mosca – Audiobook

Novelle per un anno, vol. 05: La Mosca
Luigi PIRANDELLO (1867 – 1936)
Novelle per un anno è una raccolta di 241 novelle scritte da Luigi Pirandello. Originariamente sono state pubblicate sul Corriere della Sera, successivamente ripubblicate in 15 raccolte. Inizialmente erano previste 24 raccolte contenenti 365 novelle, tuttavia la prematura morte dell’autore ha impedito il raggiungimento del traguardo. Postume sono state pubblicate altre novelle scritte dall’autore. Le raccolte sono state pubblicate tra il 1922 e il 1938. La quinta raccolta è stata pubblicata nel 1923. (Riassunto di Filippo Gioachin) Questo libro è stato promosso dal gruppo [a href="http://www.anobii.com/groups/01084c382b3147d596/"]Volontari del Libro[/a] di aNobii.

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William Shakespeare – Sonnets – Audiobook

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Edith Wharton – The Descent of Man and other Stories – Audiobook

This collection of ten stories, first published in 1904, shows Edith Wharton dissecting some of the customs, habits and vagaries of courtship and marriage, particularly as practiced in the upper reaches of New York society at the turn of the twentieth century (two stories, however, are set in Italy). Fidelity is only one problem; others may arise from the machinations and emotions of the protagonists or outsiders. Wharton handles the questions with her usual gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) irony and curiosity about human behavior. (Summary by Nicholas Clifford)

Total running time: 7:08:19
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Dedicated Proof-Listener: Elizabeth Klett
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John Clare – November

LibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of November by John Clare. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 18, 2012

John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was “the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self”. ( Summary by Wikipedia )

Total running time: 0:23:16

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald – Ice Palace

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald – Berenice Bons her hair

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Oscar Wilde – The House of Pomegranades – Audiobook

A House of Pomegranates (1891) is a collection of fairy tales, written by Oscar Wilde, that was published as a second collection for The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888). Wilde once said that this collection was “intended neither for the British child nor the British public.”

Total running time: 3:26:27
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Emily Dickinson – Poems – Series Two – Audiobook

“The eagerness with which the first volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems has been read shows very clearly that all our alleged modern artificiality does not prevent a prompt appreciation of the qualities of directness and simplicity in approaching the greatest themes,—life and love and death. That “irresistible needle-touch,” as one of her best critics has called it, piercing at once the very core of a thought, has found a response as wide and sympathetic as it has been unexpected even to those who knew best her compelling power. This second volume, while open to the same criticism as to form with its predecessor, shows also the same shining beauties.” (Summary by Mabel Loomis Todd, from Preface)

Total running time: 1:39:59
Read by Laura Atkinson

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Dedicated Proof-Listener: Eden Rea-Hedrick
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Justin McCarthy – Red Diamonds – Audiobook

In the South African wilderness, six men got together to mine for diamonds and become very rich. They agree that the wealth is to be split equally between them or their heirs after a few years and that the share of any one who died without leaving an heir or whose heir died before the time would be split between the remaining partners.

Soon, all heirs are notified and wait expectantly for the first of January, on which the diamonds are to be divided between the partners. However, the diamonds are becoming increasingly blood stained, and January the first is still some time off… (Summary by Carolin)

Total running time: 14:41:14
Read by Carolin Kaiser

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Dedicated Proof-Listener: Laura Victoria
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Thomas Hardy – The Hand of Ethelberta – Audiobook

Ethelberta was raised in humble circumstances but became a governess and consequently, at the age of 18, married well. However, her husband died two weeks after the wedding. Her father-in-law, Lord Petherwin, died shortly afterwards. Ethelberta (now 21) lives with her mother-in-law, Lady Petherwin. In the three years that have elapsed since her marriage, Ethelberta has been treated to foreign travel and further privileges by Lady Petherwin but restricted from seeing her own family. The story follows Ethelberta’s career as a famous poetess and storyteller. Meanwhile, she struggles to support her family and conceal the fact that her father is a butler. Ethelberta easily attracts four very persistent suitors but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand. The book is written in serial form. (Summary by Simon Evers)

Total running time: 13:46:37
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Anne Wales Abbott – Autumn Leaves – Audiobook – MP3 – OGG

Total running time: 4:22:00
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Book Coordinator: David Lawrence
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Short Poetry Collection 107 by Various

This is a collection of poems read by LibriVox volunteers for April 2012.

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Three Essays on Religion by Mill, John Stuart

The Three Essays on Religion were written at different times during Mill’s life, and only published after his death. The first two, ‘Nature’ and ‘The Utility of Religion’ date from the 1850s – the period between the publication of ‘The Principles of Political Economy’ and ‘On Liberty’. The third longer essay, ‘Theism’ was written between 1868 and 1870. The three essays were published posthumously in 1874. (Summary by Justin Brett)

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Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey, Giles

On Modern Library’s list of 100 Best Non-Fiction books, “Eminent Victorians” marked an epoch in the art of biography; it also helped to crack the old myths of high Victorianism and to usher in a new spirit by which chauvinism, hypocrisy and the stiff upper lip were debunked. In it, Strachey cleverly exposes the self-seeking ambitions of Cardinal Manning and the manipulative, neurotic Florence Nightingale; and in his essays on Dr Arnold and General Gordon, his quarries are not only his subjects but also the public-school system and the whole structure of nineteenth-century liberal values.

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Lyrical Ballads (1798) by Wordsworth, William, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 and generally considered to have marked the beginning of the English Romantic movement in literature. The immediate effect on critics was modest, but it became and remains a landmark, changing the course of English literature and poetry. Most of the poems in the 1798 edition were written by Wordsworth, with Coleridge contributing only four poems to the collection, including one of his most famous works, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. (Additionally, though only the two writers are credited for the works, William’s sister Dorothy Wordsworth’s diary which held powerful descriptions of everyday surroundings influenced William’s poetry immensely) (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Old-Fashioned Fairy Book, The by Harrison, Constance Cary

“And now, mamma, until your tea is ready, we know what you must do,” said the children, in a breath. “Tell us a story—a ‘real, truly’ fairy tale, about a giant and a dwarf, lots and lots of fairies, a prince and a beautiful princess with hair to her very feet, a champion with a magic sword, a dragon-chariot, a witch dressed in snake-skin—and, if you can, an ogre. Don’t punish anybody but the witch and the ogre; and please don’t have any moral, only let everybody ‘live in peace and die in a pot of grease,’ at the end of it.” “To be sure, we know most of mamma’s stories by heart,” said the sage elder of nine. “If she could only make up some new ones that aren’t in any of our books! Or else, mamma, tell us something you heard a little bit of, long, long ago, from your nurse, and then make up the rest. But whatever one you tell, we’ll be sure to like it anyhow.” The stories told, the mother fell to musing, and the result is the little book here presented to the judgment of children other than her own—a few new fairy tales, on the old, old pattern! (Summary by Constance Cary Harrison (in her Introduction))

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Kata Ioanne Euaggelio, apo ten Nea Diatheke tes Hagias Graphes by anonimos

Tο κατά Ιωάννη Ευαγγέλιο παρουσιάζει τον Ιησού από την (Αρχή) , σαν τον αιώνιο Λόγο που γίνεται σάρκα.
Όταν το Σάββατο θεραπεύει και όταν αποδεικνύει και φανερώνει τα Θεϊκά χαρακτηριστικά του προκαλεί τον θυμό και την αγανάκτηση των Ιουδαίων ηγετών.
Προετοιμάζει τους μαθητές του για να δεχτούν τον σταυρικό θάνατο του και για την διακονία τους μετά τον θάνατο του.
Πρόθυμα τελικά πεθαίνει στο σταυρό στην δική μας θέση.
Αναστήνεται και πείθει ακόμα και τον Θωμά που αμφισβητεί την εμφάνιση του.

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Crystal Stopper, The by Leblanc, Maurice

During a burglary at the home of Deputy Daubrecq a crime is committed, and two accomplices of Arsène Lupin are arrested by the police. One is guilty of the crime, the other innocent, but both will be sentenced to death. Lupin seeks to deliver the victim of a miscarriage of justice, but struggles against Deputy Daubrecq’s ruthless blackmailer, who has an incriminating document hidden in a crystal stopper. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Waffen nieder!, Die by Suttner, Bertha von

Der Roman „Die Waffen nieder!“ ist das bekannteste Werk der österreichischen Autorin und Friedensaktivistin Bertha von Suttner. Das Buch erschien 1889. Bis zum Erscheinen des Romans „Im Westen nichts Neues“ von Erich Maria Remarque im Jahr 1929 galt „Die Waffen nieder!“ als das wichtigste Werk der Antikriegsliteratur. Die große Popularität des Buches resultiert zum Teil auch aus der Tatsache, dass neben der Frage von Krieg und Frieden auch die Stellung der Frauen in der Gesellschaft thematisiert wird. Bertha von Suttner wurde 1905 als erste Frau mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet und war weltweit die berühmteste Frau ihrer Zeit.
Das Buch schildet aus der Ich-Perspektive das Leben der aus Wien stammenden Gräfin Martha Althaus im Kontext von vier Kriegen, dem Sardinischen Krieg von 1859 zwischen Österreich und Sardinien sowie Preußen, dem Preußisch-Dänischen Krieg von 1864, dem Krieg zwischen Österreich und Preußen im Jahr 1866, und dem Deutsch-Französischen Krieg von 1870.
(Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia und Sonja)

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Monsieur Lecoq Part 2: The Honor of the Name by Gaboriau, Émile

Monsieur Lecoq is a captivating mystery, historical and love story:
Around 11 o’clock, on the evening of Shrove Sunday 18.., close to the old Barrière d’Italie, frightful cries, coming from Mother Chupin’s drinking-shop, are heard by a party of detectives led by Inspector Gévrol.

The squad runs up to it. A triple murder has just been committed. The murderer is caught on the premises.

Despite Gévrol’s opinion that four scoundrels encountered each other in this vile den, that they began to quarrel, that one of them had a revolver and killed the others, Lecoq, a young police agent, suspects a great mystery.

In this second book (out of two) we go back in time to that dark period of French history. Little by little, the key to the mystery murder is unveiled. (Summary by Ezwa, expanded by Nadine)

Part 1: The Inquiry

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One Commonplace Day by Alden, Isabella, Pansy

A temperance lecturer misses his train and ends up attending a town picnic. It was a common enough picnic on a commonplace day. But the discussions, actions, and attitudes from that picnic reverberate through the lives of many people. What are the far-reaching consequences of one commonplace day in OUR lives? (Summary by TriciaG)

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Windsor Castle, Book 1 by Ainsworth, William Harrison

Book 1 – Ann Boleyn. The focus of the novels is on the events surrounding Henry VIII’s replacing Catherine of Aragon with Anne Boleyn as his wife. During Henry’s pursuit of Boleyn, the novel describes other couples, including the Earl of Surrey and Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a match Henry does not support. However, some of the individuals oppose Henry and his desires for Boleyn, including Thomas Wyat who wants her for himself and Cardinal Wolsey, who uses his own daughter, Mabel Lyndwood, to lure Henry away from Boleyn. [...] Intertwined with the Court is the story of Herne the Hunter, a spirit of Windsor Forest. He is an evil force that seeks to take the souls of various individuals, and Henry tries to stop him, but is never able to do so. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

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Indiana by Sand, George

This is George Sand’s first novel. Her real name was Amantine (or Amandine) Lucile Dupin, and she later became baroness Dudevant. As an aristocratic woman living in 19th century France, she chose her first novel to be, above all, a realistic work. Indiana is trapped since the age of 16 in a loveless marriage with a rich, much older, man. Her only real friend is her cousin, sir Ralph, who, sometimes, just does things which are- logically- the best for her but- mentally- the worsed he could do. She tries to find means of escape. But would she be able to recreate her own reality? Can a woman find true love while trying to maintain her identity and independence in a man’s world?”
Summary by Stav Nisser.

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Reaper And The Flowers, The by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

LibriVox volunteers bring you 25 recordings of The Reaper And The Flowers by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for April 8, 2012.

Longfellow predominantly wrote lyric poems which are known for their musicality and which often presented stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Immortality and the Unseen World by Oesterley, W. O. E.

The full title of this book is Immortality and the Unseen World – A Study in Old Testament Religion. Oesterley describes the beliefs that pre-Christian Hebrews and Semites held regarding the afterlife and the immortal nature of humans. The nature, form and evolution of these beliefs are derived from the Tanakh (Old Testament), comparisons with the beliefs and mythologies of neighboring cultures, and archeological finds. To develop a full study, additional beliefs of these people are also considered, including the beliefs of the constituent parts of humans; demonology, angelology, shades and the Satan; the home of the dead, ancestor worship, necromancy, and burial customs. Oesterley also hypothesizes on how primitive beliefs in immortality may have developed in pre-Christian times. (Summary by JoeD)

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Stolen White Elephant, The (Version 2) by Twain, Mark

“The Stolen White Elephant” was written by Mark Twain and published in 1882. In it, an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to the Queen, disappears in New Jersey. The local police department goes into high gear to solve the mystery but it all comes to a tragic end. (PLUS more TBD) (Summary by Wikipedia & John Greenman)

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Uncommercial Traveller, The by Dickens, Charles

The Uncommercial Traveller is a collection of literary sketches and reminiscences written by Charles Dickens. In 1859 Dickens founded a new journal called All the Year Round and the Uncommercial Traveller articles would be among his main contributions. He seems to have chosen the title and persona of the Uncommercial Traveller as a result of a speech he gave on the 22 December 1859 to the Commercial Travellers’ School London in his role as honorary chairman and treasurer. The persona sits well with a writer who liked to travel, not only as a tourist, but also to research and report what he found; visiting Europe, America and giving book readings throughout Britain. He does not seem content to rest late in his career when he had attained wealth and comfort and continued travelling locally, walking the streets of London in the mould of the flâneur, a ‘gentleman stroller of city streets’. He often suffered from insomnia and his night-time wanderings gave him an insight into some of the hidden aspects of Victorian London, details of which he also incorporated into his novels. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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