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by Oliver Optic; William Taylor Adams
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LibriVox recording of Riverdale Stores: A Story for Little Folks by William Taylor Adams (pen name Oliver Optic). Read in English by Scarlett Martin. A compilation of stories of the children of Riverdale who learn life lessons of how to be kind, polite, and helpful as they grow up. Written by William Taylor Adams under the pen name "Oliver Optic." For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go...
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by W. Armine Bevan
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LibriVox recording of Rossini by W. Armine Bevan. Read in English by Mozartjr A brief summary of the life of the opera king, Rossini. - Summary by Mozartjr For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit librivox.org . M4B Audiobook (43MB)
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by W. B. Yeats
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LibriVox recording of Crossways, by W. B. Yeats. Read by Kasper Nijsen. The first collection by Irish-born poet William Butler Yeats. Many decades before his mysterious and austere Modernist verse earned him a nobel prize, Yeats achieved renown as one of the last major poets in the High Romantic tradition. These poems showcase his Celtic imagination, his love for Irish folk-tales, and his commitment to the Romantic ideal of love. (Summary by Kasper Nijsen) For further information, including...
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by W. Bert Foster
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LibriVox recording of The Heron Nest by W. Bert Foster. Read in English by Bellona Times Pleasant family drama set in early 1900's or late 1890's upstate New York. The Herron clan, led by heroic, inventive, handicapped older brother Billy, has fallen on hard times due to one of the depressions that occurred before the Great one of the 30's. He manages to charm their way out of the tenements and into the country where he and his younger siblings farm their way to success, albeit on a small,...
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by W. Clark Russell
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LibriVox recording of Abandoned , By William Clark Russell. We meet Miss Lucretia Lane as she is dressing for her marriage to Captain Francis Reynolds of the British Merchant Service. Though he loves her truly, she has severe misgivings. She goes through with the wedding in spite of this, but refuses to live with her new husband, and cannot be enticed or cajoled to do so. Then on the day the Captain is scheduled to ship out, she receives word that he has been gravely injured and his dying...
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LibriVox recording of The Mystery of the Ocean Star - A Collection of Maritime Sketches, by W. Clark Russell. This is a collection of short stories of mystery and romance, set at sea, in the times of the great sea voyages. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org ....
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by W. Clark Russell
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LibriVox recording of The Frozen Pirate, by W. Clark Russell. Sailing adventure with storms, icebergs, shipwrecks, treasure, and the reawakening of a pirate frozen in suspended animation for nearly fifty years. (Summary by P. Cunningham) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats or languages (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader,...
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by W. E. B. Du Bois
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LibriVox recording of John Brown by W. E. B. Du Bois. Read in English by Ciufi Galeazzi This is a moving and deeply felt biography of abolitionist John Brown, which defends its subject against the popular notion of him as a delusional fanatic. The author, W.E.B. DuBois, was a renowned author, scholar, sociologist, socialist, and civil rights activist, and one of the founders of the N.A.A.C.P.. - Summary by Ciufi Galeazzi For further information, including links to online text, reader...
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by W. E. B. Du Bois
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LibriVox recording of The Quest of the Silver Fleece, by W. E. B. Du Bois. Read by AJai Hilton & Richard Kilmer. The Quest of the Silver Fleece is a story of romance, race economics and politics set around the 1900s. Here, a traditionally educated boy and an unschooled “swamp girl” each begin a journey toward love, ambition and redemption in the “Old South.” (Summary by AJai Hilton) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or...
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LibriVox recording of The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America, Volume 1 by W. E. B. Du Bois. Read in English by democraticnonsense; Andrew Kennedy; Ciufi Galeazzi; laurencetrask; WaterBaron; rmerid The question of the suppression of the slave-trade is so intimately connected with the questions as to its rise, the system of American slavery, and the whole colonial policy of the eighteenth century, that it is difficult to isolate it, and at the same time to...
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by W. F. Harvey
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LibriVox recording of The Beast With Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey. Read in English by Phil Chenevert A well off English bachelor receives a legacy from his uncle. This includes the uncle's very large library and a box containing something that used to belong to his uncle. The box has air holes in it. It is not a rat or other small mammal for his collection, but it is something still alive; something very malevolent and something very evil. - Summary by Phil chenevert For further information,...
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LibriVox recording of Cats: Their Points and Characteristics, with Curiosities of Cat Life, and a Chapter on Feline Ailments by W. Gordon Stables. Read in English by Lynne Thompson; Kate Sterner; Greg Giordano; Rebecca Braunert-Plunkett; ashleighjane; Onjana Yawnghwe; Krzysztof Rowiński; KHand; Julia Niedermaier; Malcolm Cameron How true is the old saw: "Dogs have families, but cats have staff"? Cats have been favorite domestic pets for thousands of years. This is a study of their...
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by W. H. Davenport Adams
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LibriVox recording of Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams. Read in English by Ellies; Jim Locke; Lynne T; Dovie Cross; Michele Fry; Piotr Nater; realisticspeakers; jenno; ADKreader; Sandra Schmit The nineteenth century saw the expansion in popularity of travel among the wealthy. Add to this the independence more women were enjoying as they were released from work in the home, and we have the recipe for some intrepid female travelers. Here we see the...
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LibriVox recording of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Vol. 2, No. 23, August, 1921 by W. H. Fawcett. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang" was an iconic magazine of American wit and humor launched by W.H. Fawcett in 1919. Each 64-page issue is packed with jokes, quips, and humorous bits of writing. Each year it grew in popularity, and Fawcett’s success lead to the formation of the well-known Fawcett Publications, which issued "Whiz Comics" and...
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LibriVox recording of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Vol. 2. No. 16, January, 1921 by W. H. Fawcett. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang" was an iconic magazine of American wit and humor launched by W.H. Fawcett in 1919. Each 64-page issue is packed with jokes, quips, and humorous bits of writing. Each year it grew in popularity, and Fawcett’s success lead to the formation of the well-known Fawcett Publications, which issued "Whiz Comics" and...
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LibriVox recording of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Vol 1, No. 11, August, 1920 by W. H. Fawcett. Read in English by Larry Wilson; Mike O'Brien; Jim Pierson-Perry; James R. Hedrick; Phil Schempf; Scotty Smith; Tatiana Chichilla "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang" was an iconic magazine of wit and humor launched by W.H. Fawcett in 1919. Each 64-page issue was packed with jokes, quips, and humorous bits of writing. Each year it grew in popularity, and Fawcett’s success lead to the formation of...
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LibriVox recording of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Vol. 3, No. 28, December, 1921 by W. H. Fawcett. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang" was an iconic magazine of American wit and humor launched by W.H. Fawcett in 1919. Each 64-page issue is packed with jokes, quips, and humorous bits of writing. Each year it grew in popularity, and Fawcett’s success lead to the formation of the well-known Fawcett Publications, which issued "Whiz Comics" and...
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LibriVox recording of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, Vol. 2. No. 13, October, 1920 by W. H. Fawcett. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. "Captain Billy's Whiz Bang" was an iconic magazine of American wit and humor launched by W.H. Fawcett in 1919. Each 64-page issue is packed with jokes, quips, and humorous bits of writing. Each year it grew in popularity, and Fawcett’s success lead to the formation of the well-known Fawcett Publications, which issued "Whiz Comics" and...
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by W. John L. Sullivan
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LibriVox recording of Twelve Years in the Saddle by W. John L. Sullivan. Read in English by Will the Ninja Sergeant Sullivan tells the story of his life as a Texas Ranger for 12 incredible years in the late 1800s. (Summary by Will Nuessle) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
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by W. K. Tweedie
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LibriVox recording of Joseph and his Brethren by W. K. Tweedie. Read in English by volunteer readers. "The story of Joseph is at once so simple that childhood is arrested and rivetted by it, and so profound that sages may deepen their wisdom by meditating on the truths which it embodies. An attempt is here made to point out some of the more important lessons which the narrative teaches,—to manifest the wisdom and the watchfulness of Providence,—and show how God on high exercises his...
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by W. L. Hunter
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LibriVox recording of Jesus Christ Had Negro Blood in His Veins by W. L. Hunter. Read in English by Jim Locke This short work attempts to establish that Jesus had black ancestry dating back to Ham, the son of Noah, who had been made black-skinned as a punishment for having seen his father naked. Furthermore, Canaanites are here also identified as being black, and according to the author, several important Jewish figures and ancestors of Jesus had children by this group of people. - Summary by...
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by W. M. Flinders Petrie
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LibriVox recording of Egyptian Tales, translated from the Papyri , Series One, by W. M. Flinders Petrie. Read by Timothy Ferguson. Brief, and in some cases incomplete, stories of magic from ancient Egypt. (Summary by Timothy Ferguson) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit...
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by W. Mattieu Williams
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LibriVox recording of The Chemistry of Cookery by W. Mattieu Williams. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers. This book, written in the late 1800s, is a book of chemistry that explains the whys and hows of cooking to trained chefs and laymen alike. The book deals with some compounds of common foodstuffs, like albumen or gluten, and illustrates what happens from a chemist's point of view during certain types of food preparation like roasting, frying, or stewing. A part of the chapters also...
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by W. Mattieu Williams
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LibriVox recording of Science in Short Chapters by W. Mattieu Williams. Read in English by LibriVox volunteers This is a collection of articles written by W. Mattieu Williams on different subjects, that in his opinion "are likely to be interesting to all readers who are sufficiently intelligent to prefer sober fact to sensational fiction, but who, at the same time, do not profess to be scientific specialists." This book offers and intriguing glimpse into the scientific ideas of late...
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by W. Max Reid
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LibriVox recording of The Mohawk Valley, by W. Max Reid. Read by Roger Melin. An in-depth view and early history of the Mohawk Valley in upper New York state, covering the time period of 1609-1780. This historical piece covers that part of the Mohawk Valley between Schenectady and Rome, NY. The narrator hopes that the listener understands that a best effort has been made in pronunciation of many names within this work; particularly those of the Mohawks, Iriquois, Huron, and Mohicans; as well as...
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by W. N. P. Barbellion
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LibriVox recording of The Journal of a Disappointed Man by W. N. P. Barbellion. Read in English by Adam Whybray The journal of British naturalist Bruce Frederick Cummings, spanning from his early childhood through to his early death from complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. The diary combines beautiful, lyrical passages concerning the natural world with more introspective ruminations reminiscent of Kafka. Although successful and scandalous upon their publication in 1919, interest in...
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by W. O. E. Oesterley
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LibriVox recording of Immortality and the Unseen World, by W. O. E. Oesterley. Read by JoeD. 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...
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by W. S. B. Mathews
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LibriVox recording of A Popular History of the Art of Music, by W. S. B. Mathews. Read by Tony Oliva. Preface by W.S.B. Mathews: I have here endeavored to provide a readable account of the entire history of the art of music, within the compass of a single small volume, and to treat the luxuriant and many-sided later development with the particularity proportionate to its importance, and the greater interest appertaining to it from its proximity to the times of the reader. The range of the work...
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LibriVox recording of The Pirates Of Penzance; Or The Slave Of Duty (Version 2) by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by David Wales In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan’s music and the interpretation of actors, the consummate silliness of Gilbert’s libretto entertains. The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W....
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox recording of The Gondoliers by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by Mark Nelson; Beth Thomas (1974-2020); ToddHW; Alan Mapstone; Tom Geller; Larry Wilson; Leanne Yau; Tomas Peter; TJ Burns; Foon; Bhavya; Maria de Fátima da Silva; Aaron White; Naomi Madeleine; Josh Kibbey; Crln Yldz Ksr In typical Gilbert and Sullivan "Topsy Turvy" style, the King of Barataria has gone missing! He was stolen as a baby and raised in secrecy as one of two gondoliers (nobody knows which) and his...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of Ballad: A Manager's Perplexities by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 15, 2016. Read in English by David Lawrence; Esther ben Simonides; Newgatenovelist; Ian King; Lee Ann Howlett; Leonard Wilson; MaryAnnS; Matthew Datcher and Tomas Peter. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 21 recordings of The Magnet and The Churn by W. S. Gilbert.  This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 26, 2020 Read in English by BethanyC86; Algy Pug; andybeddy; Bruce Kachuk; Caitlin Buckley; Craig Franklin; ChadH94; David Lawrence; Dominique van de Vorle; edunla7721; Newgatenovelist; fshort; Garth Burton; Graham Scott; Lee Ann Howlett; Larry Wilson; Max; Patrick Wallace; Phil Schempf; Soumya and Tomas Dorrington-Hardin. A bit of frivolity in these trying...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox recording of H.M.S. Pinafore; Or, The Lass That Loved A Sailor by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by David Wales In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan’s music and the interpretation of actors, the consummate silliness of Gilbert’s libretto entertains. H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S....
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox recording of The Story of the H.M.S. Pinafore, by W. S. Gilbert. Read by Noel Badrian. H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened in London, England, on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan's fourth operatic collaboration and their first international...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 17 recordings of O Hollow Hollow Hollow by W.S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for January 8, 2012. Here is a poem by the "fleshly" poet, Bunthorne, from the opera Patience, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Who better to introduce it than the poet himself: BUNTHORNE. It is a wild, weird, fleshy thing; yet very tender, very yearning, very precious. It is called, "Oh, Hollow! Hollow! Hollow!" PATIENCE Is it a hunting song? BUNTHORNE. A...
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LibriVox recording of Patience (Bunthorne's Bride) by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by a full cast. A comic operetta which is a satire on the themes of fashion and pretension and hero-worship. Bunthorne is a poet who pretends to be highly "idealised" in order to impress the ladies. They all worship him, except for Patience, the dairy maid, who is the only one he loves. However, his grand plan goes awry with the arrival of Grosvenor who is more idealised and more poetical then he is....
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LibriVox recording of The Pinafore Picture Book: The Story Of H.M.S. Pinafore (Version 2) by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by David Wales Pinafore’s sublimely silly story is made even sillier by this (ostensibly for children) 1908 story version of the 1878 Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Gilbert, the author of the operetta’s lyrics, writes this version of the story with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Most adults and children will find this version vastly amusing. - Summary by David...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of The Usher's Charge by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 11, 2016. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Beth Thomas; David Lawrence; Greg Giordano; Jason in Panama; Lee Ann Howlett; Leonard Wilson; Matthew Datcher and Tomas Peter. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with the...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox recording of The Bab Ballads by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by Phil Chenevert; Lisa Reichert; Ken Masters; MikeStanich; Shakira Searle; Chris Pyle; readread; Ezwa; John Kellow; NoelBadrian; KDMoore; Ruth Golding; Diana Schmidt; Newgatenovelist The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads,...
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LibriVox recording of Tom Cobb; or Fortune's Toy by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by ashleighjane; Aiken; Adrian Stephens; Annie Mars; HelenaDiamandiz; awonski; Dalerobbins; ToddHW; Alan Mapstone; Andrew Gaunce; WendyKatzHiller Tom Cobb: "Why, there's a squalid old pauper idiot, a patient of his, who's got no name of his own, and Whipple [Doctor] christened him "Tom Cobb", because he says he's the ugliest old lunatic he ever saw and reminds him of me. And all the boys in the...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox recording of The Mikado, Or The Town Of Titipu by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by David Wales. In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan’s music and the interpretation of actors, the consummate silliness of Gilbert’s libretto entertains. The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of...
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by W. S. Gilbert
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 26 recordings of The Disagreeable Man by Sir W. S. Gilbert. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for June 10, 2012. The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads, Gilbert developed his unique "topsy-turvy" style, where the humour was derived by setting up a...
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LibriVox recording of Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by ToddHW; Alan Mapstone; Larry Wilson; Son of the Exiles; Sonia; David Purdy; Adrian Stephens; Andrew James; Tomas Peter; Jenn Broda A drama from the Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan. Pursued by the Parliamentary Army after the Battle of Worcester, some Royalist soldiers take cover in Dan'l Druce's hut on the Norfolk Coast until they can escape. An event with long shadows that come back to disturb his life fourteen...
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LibriVox recording of Gretchen by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by ToddHW; Alan Mapstone; David Purdy; Mike Manolakes; Kurt; Adrian Stephens; Sonia; TJ Burns; Jenn Broda; Kelly S. Taylor; Diane Castillo; Kathi M. Walsheck About as far from a rollicking Gilbert and Sullivan musical as you can get: this is Gilbert's tragic version of Goethe's Faust. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Dominic: David Purdy Anselm: Alan Mapstone Faustus: Mike Manolakes Gottfried: Kurt Mephisto: ToddHW Agatha: Diane...
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LibriVox recording of The Story of the Mikado, by W. S. Gilbert. Read by Noel Badrian. The Mikado is the ninth of the 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musical collaborations. It opened in 1885, had the second longest run for any work of musical theatre of the time, and remains the most frequently performed Gilbert and Sullivan. It was adapted as a children's book by W. S. Gilbert entitled The Story of The Mikado, which was Gilbert's last literary work (and published posthumously). It is a retelling of...
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LibriVox recording of Engaged by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by Matthew Reece; ToddHW; Alan Mapstone; KHand; Sonia; Craig Franklin; MichaelMaggs; skypigeon; Emmi Kranz; Lydia; Jenn Broda This comedy is by Gilbert on his own without Sullivan. "Listen to me. You love this girl?" "I love her sir, a'most as weel as I love mysel' !" "Then reflect how you are standing in the way of her prosperity." "Sir, I'm puir on pocket, but I've a rich hairt." - Summary...
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LibriVox recording of The Sorcerer by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by ToddHW; Michele Eaton; Alan Mapstone; Lauren-Emma Blake; Scotty Smith; TJ Burns; Jenn Broda; rwraptor; Andrew Kennedy; Tchaikovsky; Annie Mars; April Mendis; Mira Williams; ToddHW; Michele Eaton; Alan Mapstone; Scotty Smith; TJ Burns; Jenn Broda; rwraptor; Andrew Kennedy; Tchaikovsky; Annie Mars; April Mendis; Mira Williams Alexis Pointdextre gets his family sorcerer to brew up a love potion. But what happens when it gets...
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LibriVox  volunteers bring you 10 recordings of Etiquette by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for  April 29, 2018. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Jordan Hazelrig; Larry Wilson; Patrick Wallace; Phil Schempf; RajVO; Scotty Smith; Tom Daley; Tomas Peter and tovarisch. JSir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with the composer Arthur...
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LibriVox recording of Iolanthe by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by Beth Thomas; Kristin Gjerløw; ToddHW; alanmapstone; Rob Marland; KHand; Lydia; Shakira Searle; Vanessa Cooley; Roohi; J. E. Vorble; Hamlet; John Burlinson; Jennifer Fournier Iolanthe is a fairy banished from fairyland for the crime of marrying a mortal. Her half-fairy, half-human son Strephon is a fairy down to the waist, but his legs are human. He loves Phyllis, but she is courted by the whole House of Lords and the Lord High...
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LibriVox recording of Sweethearts by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by ToddHW; Rob Marland; MichaelMaggs; Jenn Broda; Sonia Subtitled "An Original Dramatic Contrast", the play presents two neighbors, Harry and Jenny, parting in Act 1 and then meeting again 30 years later in Act 2 after Harry's return from India. - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Mr Harry Spreadbrow: Rob Marland Wilcox, a Gardener: ToddHW Miss Jenny Northcott: Jenn Broda Ruth, a Maidservant: Sonia Stage Directions:...
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LibriVox recording of Broken Hearts by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by thestorygirl; ToddHW; Sonia; Tomas Peter; Eva Davis; MichaelMaggs; Jenn Broda Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame also wrote non-musical plays without Sullivan as a partner. Here is a dramatic play far afield from the comedy musicals we often think of when we hear Gilbert's name: Prince Florian of Spain arrives on The Island of Broken Hearts, peopled by "we maidens all (save one [their dwarf protector]) [who] have...
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LibriVox recording of Sweethearts by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by a full cast. Sweethearts is a comic play billed as a "dramatic contrast" in two acts by W. S. Gilbert. The play tells a sentimental and ironic story of the differing recollections of a man and a woman about their last meeting together before being separated and reunited after 30 years. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast Harry Spreadbrow: Algy Pug Jenny Northcott: Amanda Friday Wilcox: Bellona Times Ruth: Elizabeth Klett...
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Librivox recording of The Bab Ballads by W. S. Gilbert. Read by Graham Redman. The Bab Ballads are a collection of light verse by W. S. Gilbert, illustrated with his own comic drawings. Gilbert wrote the Ballads before he became famous for his comic opera librettos with Arthur Sullivan. In writing the Bab Ballads, Gilbert developed his unique "topsy-turvy" style, where the humour was derived by setting up a ridiculous premise and working out its logical consequences, however absurd....
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LibriVox recording of The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert. Read in English by a full cast. In the town of Titipu, flirting is punishable by death on the command of the Mikado himself! But what happens when the Lord High Executioner is himself condemned to die? And what secret does the wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo hide, that the Mikado and his entire entourage come to witness his execution? "The Mikado" premiered in 1885, when it broke all records for the longest-running musical. It remains...
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LibriVox recording of More Bab Ballads by W. S. Gilbert. Read by Graham Redman This is a subset of the second collection of Gilbert’s “Bab Ballads” – light verses poking fun at the life and people of his time in Gilbert’s unique “topsy-turvey” style. The epitaph on his memorial on the Victoria Embankment in London is “HIS FOE WAS FOLLY AND HIS WEAPON WIT”, an epitaph amply exemplified in these verses. (Summary by Graham Redman) For further information, including links to...
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LibriVox volunteers bring you 7 recordings of Poetry Everywhere by W. S. Gilbert. This was the Weekly Poetry project for March 6, 2016. Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; David Lawrence; Greg Giordano; Kyle B Jones; Lee Ann Howlett; Maria Kasper and Twinkle. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas (known as the Savoy operas) produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. The most famous of...
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LibriVox recording of The Merry-Go-Round by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by OCTL7; TR Love; Liz Petersen; Judith Parker Basil Kent marries Jenny Bush, because he believes that is the honourable thing to do after getting her pregnant, but he realizes that he is really in love with Hilda Murray. Grace Castillyon, an established married woman of position, has fallen hopelessly in love with young Reggie Bassett, who is only playing with her. Bella Langton ignores the short remaining days of...
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LibriVox recording of The Trembling of a Leaf by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Lilith Branda A collection of short stories on the South Sea Islands, among which are the famous "Red," "Rain," and "The Fall of Edward Barnard," the last of which contains the basic story of what came to be one of the most well-known among W. Somerset Maugham's novels, The Razor's Edge. - Summary by Lilith Branda For further information, including links to online text, reader...
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LibriVox recording of Orientations by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Lilith Branda This is a collection showing W. Somerset Maugham's early attempt in the short story genre, which he comes to master as one of 20th century's best teller of tales. - Summary by Lilith Branda For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or...
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LibriVox recording of The Bishop's Apron by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Lee Smalley "Canon Spratte saw himself as he thought others might see him: mediocre, pompous, self-assertive, verbose." Maugham could have added ambitious, hypocritical, and vain. In this engrossing social satire, Theodore Spratte, a cleric, motivated by an obsessive desire to be elevated to bishop, embellishes his family history and intrudes upon his son's and daughter's courtships. A reviewer in 1906...
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LibriVox recording of Rain, by W. Somerset Maugham. Read by Bellona Times. One of Maugham's most famous short stories, Rain unfolds in a soggy tropical paradise marred by self-righteous hypocrites trying to force their moral beliefs on a girl who basically just wants to have fun. At a running time of approximately 1 3/4 hours, it is too long for inclusion in a Short Story collection.(Summary by Bellona Times) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS...
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LibriVox recording of On A Chinese Screen , by W. Somerset Maugham. This is a non-fiction collection of Maugham's observations of life in Asia in the early 20th Century. (Summary by BellonaTimes) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.org . Download M4B (141MB)
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LibriVox recording of Lady Frederick, a Comedy in Three Acts by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by ToddHW; David Purdy; Tomas Peter; Lynette Caulkins; Scott Caulkins; John Payton; Anthony Joseph; Christina Fu; Anna Maria; GlennProud3; Ailis; ToddHW; David Purdy; Tomas Peter; Lynette Caulkins; John Payton; WendyKatzHiller; Anthony Joseph; Christina Fu; Anna Maria; James R. Hedrick; GlennProud3; Ailis; ToddHW; Rapunzelina; Tomas Peter; Lynette Caulkins; John Payton; Anthony Joseph; Christina...
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LibriVox recording of The Moon and the Sixpence, by W. Somerset Maugham. Read by Termin Dyan. This Maugham novel is based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told by the narrator as he gradually comes to know the main character Charles Strickland, a middle aged stock broker. We follow Strickland from the point where he abruptly abandons his wife and children to become an artist, through his life in Paris and Marseille to Tahiti, where he eventually dies of leprosy. (Summary by...
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LibriVox recording of The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Bob R . This Maugham classic is set in England and Hong Kong and in a cholera --ridden Chinese village in the 1920's. A committed, principled, epidemiologist, Dr. Fane, falls in love with the beautiful, but vain and foolish, Kitty Garstin. She agrees to marry him only because she wishes to beat her sister to the altar. She soon commits adultery with a British official in Hong Kong, where they have relocated. Dr....
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LibriVox recording of The Magician by W. Somerset Maugham. Read by Delmar H. Dolbier The Magician is a novel by British author W. Somerset Maugham, originally published in 1908. In this tale, the magician Oliver Haddo, a caricature of Aleister Crowley, attempts to create life. Crowley wrote a critique of this book under the pen name Oliver Haddo, where he accused Maugham of plagiarism. Maugham wrote The Magician in London, after he had spent some time living in Paris, where he met Aleister...
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LibriVox recording of The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham. Read by Barry Eads and Chip. The Moon and Sixpence is a 1919 short novel by William Somerset Maugham based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told in episodic form by the first-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central character, Charles Strickland, a middle aged English stock broker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist....
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LibriVox recording of Liza of Lambeth by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Hatton43 Liza of Lambeth focuses on the challenges of life facing Liza, an 18 year old factory girl who lives in the poverty of the slums of 1890s London. The main plot is driven by Liza's affections and the consequences these have for her. Based on W Somerset Maugham's experiences as a visiting trainee Doctor at the time, the book is an insight into working class life at the time and was his debut, the success of...
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LibriVox recording of Mrs. Craddock by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Tony Oliva “I thought it was you I saw coming up the hill,” she said, stretching out her hand. He stopped and shook it; the touch of his big, firm fingers made her tremble. His hand was massive and hard as if it were hewn of stone. She looked up at him and smiled. “Isn’t it cold?” she said. It is terrible to be desirous of saying all sorts of passionate things, while convention debars you from any but the...
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LibriVox recording of The Explorer by W. Somerset Maugham.   Read in English by Lilith Branda An early novel by W. Somerset Maugham about conflicting feelings of self-integrity, filial love, romantic love. Lucy Allerton and Alec MacKenzie have to choose between grasping happiness that is their due and upholding a set of moral values that define themselves. - Summary by Lilith Branda For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other...
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LibriVox recording of The Hero by W. Somerset Maugham. Read in English by Lilith Branda James Parsons comes home to Little Primpton after serving in the Boer War. The whole town is proud of their new hero, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for risking his life to save a fellow soldier. However, for Jamie, nothing is the same anymore. His varied experience after leaving home has changed his worldview completely and he finds it impossible to go back to his former way of life and beliefs. Torn...
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LibriVox recording of The Chronicles of Canada Volume 13: The United Empire Loyalists: A Chronicle of the Great Migration, by W. Stewart Wallace. Read by Roger Melin. Volume 13 of The Chronicles of Canada Series. This volume sheds light on the often misunderstood Americans who chose to remain loyal to the Crown of England during and after the American Revolution. While the vast majority of American writings which detail the Revolution paint the Loyalists (sometimes called Tories) in the most...
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Librivox , public domain recording of W. W. Denslow's The Three Bears , read by Denny Sayers. This version of the classic tale of the three bears has a heroine named Golden Hair. The jolly bears, instead of chasing her away from their home, come to live with her at Grandmother's house. The recording can be enjoyed by itself, or you can read along with the Library of Congress facsimile version from the International Children’s Digital Library: Here. For more information or to volunteer, please...
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Read by: Peter Yearsley, David Barnes , Cori Samuel , Jim Mowatt and Stuart Pyle. The Monkey's Paw was written in 1902 by W.W. Jacobs. It's a dark brooding tale which promises from the start that the light you see at the end of the tunnel is actually an oncoming train. Mr and Mrs White of Laburnum Villas step out toward that light by taking up the three wishes granted to the owner of the Monkey's Paw. Terrible things have happened to previous owners of this artifact but surely the Whites will...
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LibriVox recording of Night Watches by W. W. Jacobs. Read in English by Bill Boerst A most popular Jacobs character, a night watchman along the English coast, remembers troubles his friends got into during shore leave. At least part of the fault lay with those friends, who were both careless and naïve. But not all the stories are linked to just shore leave even though they relate to the sea in some way. Included are a ghost story, a warehouse worker playing sick, a couple sparring for new...
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