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


Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 2 by Charles Dudley Warner, ed.

LibriVox logoThe “Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern”, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering “American households a mass of good reading”, the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.
The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection “is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read.”
This second volume contains chapters from “Anacreon” to “Auerbach”. (Summary by Leni)


 


 
My contribution to this collaborative effort is “05 – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen”.

http://www.archive.org/download/worlds_best_literature2_librivox/worldsbestliterature2_05_various_64kb.mp3″Running time=25m 11s (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…


Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 1

LibriVox logoThe Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering “American households a mass of good reading”, the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.

The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection “is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read.”

This first volume contains chapters from “Abelard” to “Amiel”. (Summary by Leni)

My contributions to this collaborative effort:-
“16 – Essay on Joseph Addison by Hamilton Wright Mabie”
Running time=36m 9s (mp3@64kb)
http://www.archive.org/download/library_worlds_best_literature_01_1007_librivox/worldsbestliterature1_16_various_64kb.mp3″
and
“17 – Selected Works by Joseph Addison”
Running time=37m 52s (mp3@64kb)
http://www.archive.org/download/library_worlds_best_literature_01_1007_librivox/worldsbestliterature1_17_various_64kb.mp3″

This way to the download locations & the book text…


Short Science Fiction Collection 038

LibriVox logoScience Fiction is speculative literature that generally explores the consequences of ideas which are roughly consistent with nature and scientific method, but are not facts of the author’s contemporary world. The stories often represent philosophical thought experiments presented in entertaining ways. Protagonists typically “think” rather than “shoot” their way out of problems, but the definition is flexible because there are no limits on an author’s imagination. The reader-selected stories presented here were written prior to 1962 and became US public domain texts when their copyrights expired. (Summary by Gregg Margarite)

My contribution to this collaborative effort is “The Salesman by Waldo T. Boyd”.
http://www.archive.org/download/short_scifi_038_1007_librivox/salesman_boyd_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=7m 59s (mp3@64kb)

This way to the download locations & the story text…