My LibriVox recordings & my reading journal (solo Litblog).

Zorra Boys at Home and Abroad, or, How to Succeed by William Alexander MacKay

LibriVox logoWilliam Alexander MacKay (1842-1905)
By Zorra, in the following sketches, is meant a little district in Oxford county, Ontario, some ten miles square, composed of part of East and part of West Zorra, and containing a population of about fourteen hundred. It was settled about the year 1830, chiefly by Highlanders from Sutherlandshire, Scotland.

Within the last forty years there have gone from this district over one hundred young men who have made their mark in the world. With most of these it has been the writer’s good fortune to be personally and intimately acquainted; and companionship with some of them has been to him a pleasure and a benefit.

It is not intended to include all these in the following sketches; this were impracticable, but it is believed that a brief, unvarnished account of the career of some of them may be an inspiration, not only to the young men of Zorra to-day, but to men everywhere struggling against difficulties, and earnestly engaged in the conflict of life. Such sketches will also be to many a pleasant souvenir of early days, when

“Hearts were light as ony feather,
Free frae sorrow, care and strife.”

(summary by W.A. MacKay – 1900)

My contribution to this collaborative effort:-
02 – Sketch II. Alexander M. Sutherland
http://www.archive.org/download/zorraboys_1108_librivox/zorraboys_02_mackay_64kb.mp3″Running time=21m 14s (mp3@64kb)

12 – Sketch XII. Mervin Cody
http://www.archive.org/download/zorraboys_1108_librivox/zorraboys_12_mackay_64kb.mp3″Running time=13m 6s (mp3@64kb)

14 – Sketch XIV. Prof. Donald Mackay, B.A., Ph.D.
http://www.archive.org/download/zorraboys_1108_librivox/zorraboys_14_mackay_64kb.mp3″Running time=9m 51s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the book text…

Autumn Leaves, Original Pieces in Prose and Verse by Various, Anne Wales Abbott ed.

LibriVox logoThe pieces gathered into this volume were, with two exceptions, written for the entertainment of a private circle, without any view to publication. The editor would express her thanks to the writers, who, at her solicitation, have allowed them to be printed. They are published with the hope of aiding a work of charity,—the establishment of an Agency for the benefit of the poor in Cambridge,—to which the proceeds of the sale will be devoted. Summary by Anne W. Abbot, ed (1808-1908)

My contributions to this collaborative effort :-
“06 – The Sounds of Morning in Cambridge”
“07 – The Sounds of Evening in Cambridge”
“23 – Fashion”
“29 – The Home-Beacon”
“30 – The Fourth of July”

This way to listen to each recording, for the download locations & the book text…