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Voices of Today seeks to support the growing demand for quality spoken audio by providing services in recording, editing and producing audio-books and online presentations of poetry and dramatic literature.



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The Lad Who Rode Side-saddle by James Baldwin Narrated by Jennifer Fournier This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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Macbeth – A Review By Max Beerbohm Narrated by Alan Weyman In 1898, shortly after succeeding George Bernard Shaw as drama critic of the Saturday Review, Beerbohm takes the opportunity in reviewing a production of Macbeth to reflect on Shaw, Shakespeare and Classic Drama. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information...
Topics: Shakespeare, MacBeth, Beerbohm, theatre
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A Selection from Aesop's Fables Narrated by Jennifer Fournier This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
Topics: Aesop, fable. legend
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Three Poems by John Drinkwater Read by Alan Weyman The Cry  In the Valley The Years These three poems by the English poet and playwright John Drinkwater (1882-1937) come from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today...
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Oscar Wilde An Idler's Impression By Edgar Saltus Narrated by Denis Daly Edgar Saltus (1855 – 1921) was an American writer,  whose extensive output includes biographies, novels, and works on philosophy and history. This brief and affectionate tribute to Oscar Wilde was published in 1917. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For...
Topics: Oscar Wilde, biography, Saltus
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Two Fairy Tales    By Charles Perrault Translated by Robert Samber and J.E.Mansion. Narrated by Denis Daly Little Thumb Donkey Skin Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703) was a French Civil servant, member of the Academy of Sciences and author.  After he lost his post in 1695 he retired to family life and in 1697 published Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé), better know today as Tales of Mother Goose (Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye).  This seminal...
Topics: Fairy Tales, Perrault, Tom Thumb
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With Bat and Ball Twenty-Five Years' Reminiscences Of  A ustralian and Anglo-Australian Cricket By George Giffen With hints to young cricketers on batting, bowling and fielding. London Ward, Lock & Co Melbourne & New York 1898
Topics: Cricket, Giffen, Australia, M.C.C.
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Witchcraft: New Style By Lascelles Abercrombie An amiable witch drops into the local for a drink one evening.  Her claims about her powers are received with polite skepticism by her fellow drinkers, who are in for an uncomfortable surprise. Featuring Denis Daly as the narrator Erin Louttit as the Woman Phil Benson as the First, Second, Third and Fourth Men. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the...
Topics: Poem, witch, magic, drama
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Abdul Aziz By Stephen Leacock These two sketches have been adapted from satirical pieces about various political aspects of the First World War. Abdul Aziz Has His The narrator, disguised as a governess, gains admission to the Sultan's court in Constantinople.  The distraught Sultan finds himself forced into an extremely precarious situation by his overweening Prussian allies, and is seeking assistance from an unlikely source. Cast Narrator - Cate Barratt Codfish Pasha and Field Marshall -...
Topics: leacock, World War 1, satire, dramatic reading
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The Raven and the King's Daughter By William Morris Performed by Leanne Yau This poem is taken from Morris' collection 'Poems By the Way', which are all various accounts of ill-fated love. A raven and a princess engage in conversation, and she asks him about her true love. Primarily a textile designer, Morris was known throughout his life as a socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, and contributed greatly to the revival of traditional British textile arts and...
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Pallinghurst Barrow By Grant Allen Narrated by Erin Louttit Every year on Michael’s night Pallinghurst Barrow burneth bright. So runs the rhyme about the Old Long Barrow on Pallinghurst Common. But Rudolph Reeve is about to find out just how much truth there can be in a folk tradition, and what he learns may be more frightening and dangerous than he imagined. Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author....
Topics: horror, ghosts, Michaelmas, prehistory
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The Nut-Brown Maid The Cornish author, critic and anthologist Arthur Quiller-Couch is perhaps best known for editing The Oxford Book of English Verse, but he also compiled other volumes of English literature. This poem, taken from The Oxford Book of Ballads, tells the tale of the nut-brown maid and the outlaw she loves. Cast The Banished Man - Denis Daly The Nut-brown Maid - Erin Louttit Audio edited by Erin Louttit This recording may be freely distributed and re-used as long as Voices of Today...
Topics: Poetry, ballad
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Kubla Khan  Or A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Performed by Denis Daly This text has been kindly made available by The Victorian Web  Kubla Khan This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the creator.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit:  Voices of Today
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A Cursory Conspectus of G.B.S.   by Max Beerbohm Narrrated by Alan Weyman   This short essay was  written in 1901 when most of George Bernard Shaw's major work was yet to appear.   Much of the discussion focusses on Cashel Byron's Profession,  first published as a novel in 1882 and remoulded into a play, The Admirable Bashville, in 1901.   However, Beerbohm makes this the basis of a discussion that applies equally well to Shaw's later works. This recording may be freely downloaded and...
Topics: George Bernard Shaw, Beerbohm, essay, play
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Death and the Devil A Dance of Death in three scenes By Frank Wedekind Translated by Samuel A. Eliot and Denis Daly This play forms part of a collection of four which focuses on one of Wedekind's obsessive themes: the destructive interplay between primal sexual urges and social convention.  Each play revolves around a powerful young female character,  who has the power to control and captivate men, but who in turn is destroyed by the exercise of that power: Play - Character Earth Spirit -...
Topics: Play, Wedekind, Expressionism, Lulu
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The Duke of Gandia A Poetic Drama By Algernon Charles Swinburne Presented by Voices of Today Cesare Borgia is consumed by personal ambition.  Not satisfied with the elevated rank of a cardinal, he asks the Pope – his father – for dispensation from his clerical vows so that he may be proclaimed Duke, and eventually become the de facto ruler of Italy.   The Pope grants his request, but one obstacle still remains – Cesare is not the first born son.  Will he let this accident of birth...
Topics: Borgia, Victorian, Swinburne
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The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley Narrated by Jeff Moon This novella, first published in 1833, details the history of a man who, through the consumption of a mysterious elixir,  becomes immortal, and, like Dorian Gray, retains the appeareance of permanent youth.  He later discovers the inevitable disadvantage of immortality as he is forced to endure the suffering and death of his beloved spouse, Bertha.  This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is...
Topics: Shelley, gothic, immortality, novella
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Kerfol by Edith Wharton Narrated by Denis Daly On the advice of a friend, a man visits a picturesque ruin in Brittany,  long since abandoned by its aristocratic owners.  But is the house really empty? This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue please visit: ...
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Nine Sonnets by William Shakespeare Narrated by Denis Daly Sonnets nos 1, 14, 35, 44, 45, 71, 72, 73 and 74. Music April is in my Mistress' Face by Thomas Morley Come Heavy Sleep by John Dowland Performed by John Sayles This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form. For further information about Voices of Today or to explore its catalogue...
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On Ghosts By Mary Shelley Narrated by Denis Daly This brief essay on one of the most popular topics in fiction was first published in 1824.  As a preface the author quotes a stanza by Wordsworth: I look for ghosts--but none will force Their way to me; 'tis falsely said That there was ever intercourse Between the living and the dead. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or...
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Three Dialogues By Edgar Allan Poe 1 - The Power of Words 2 - The Colloquy of Monos and Una 3 - The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion Read by Larry Wilson, Eva Davis and Algy Pug. This recording was first published by Librivox on 7th February, 2020.
Topics: Poe, poetry, dialogues
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Burning Bush By John Drinkwater Narrated by Denis Daly John Drinkwater, poet, critic and dramatist was born in 1882 and died in 1937.   Burning Bush, a pastoral elergy for a mother who died while still young,  comes from The Collected Poems Of John Drinkwater, Volume 2, first published in 1923. This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  It may not be used for commercial purposes or distributed in an edited or remixed form....
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Al Aaraaf By Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly Al Aaraaf,composed in 1829, is Poe's Longest poem. In the words of the poet: "Its title is "Al Aaraaf" from the Al Aaraaf of the Arabians, a medium between Heaven and Hell where men suffer no punishment, but yet do not attain that tranquil & even happiness which they suppose to be the characteristics of heavenly enjoyment." This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as Voices of Today is credited...
Topics: Poe, poetry
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THE LAMENT OF BABA TAHIR BEING THE RUBA'IYAT OF BABA TAHIR, HAMADANI (URYAN) THE PERSIAN TEXT EDITED, ANNOTATED AND TRANSLATED BY EDWARD HERON-ALLEN AND RENDERED INTO ENGLISH VERSE  BY ELIZABETH CURTIS BRENTON Narrated by Denis Daly Baba Tahir,  also known as Uryan was one of the most eminent mystics of his era. He was one of the earliest of the Shaikhs, and lived under the Daylemite dynasty. He flourished about 1019 and died before 'Unsuri, Firdawsi, or any of their contemporaries became...
Topics: Baba Tahir, Rubaiyat, Persia, poetry, quatrain
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A Dialogue at Fiesole by Alfred Austin Narrated by Leanne Yau and Denis Daly Alfred Austin (1835 – 1913)  was the English poet laureate after Alfred Lord Tennyson.  Included in his voluminous output are three novels, seven plays, critical essays and many collections of verse.  Although his poetry has been derided as an example of late Victorian bathos, definite skill in composition and sincerity are patent in much of his verse, marred though it is by occasional spectacular infelicities....
Topics: Poetry, Victorian, love, Austin, poet laureate
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Two stories By Ethel Turner Narrated by Denis Daly Ethel Turner (1872 - 1958) is best known today for her iconic children's classic, Seven Little Australians,  which portrays the domestic misadventures of the Woolcot family in Australia at the turn of the Twentieth Century.  Among her extensive literary output are a number of short stories,  two of which are presented here. 1)  Carrying the Baby 2)  The Little Duchess This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
Topics: Turner, Australia, short story