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Sep 25, 2021 Voices of Today
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The Discovery of Radium is the transcript of a speech given by Madame Marie Curie at Vassar College, New York, on May 14, 1921. It represents the only extended address she gave on that visit to the US.  Narrated by Erin Grassie  Cover art by Sarah Bacaller Produced by Voices of Today This recording may be used and distributed freely, as long as Voices of Today is credited as the author.  
Topics: science, science history, Marie Curie, radium, discovery, speeches
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Apr 19, 2020 Voices of Today
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Love poems   By D H Lawrence Presented by Voices of Today In 1912 D.H. Lawrence fell in love with Frieda Weekley and the couple left for Germany and Italy, where they spent the next two years. While he was away from England, Lawrence completed and published the novel Sons and Lovers and his first volume of poetry, Love Poems and others. Mostly autobiographical, the collection explores a young man's feelings on the joys and frustrations of sex and love. The thirty poems in the collection...
Topics: Poetry, Lawrence, Nottingham
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Apr 1, 2020 Voices of Today
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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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Mar 22, 2020 Voices of Today
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Christabel  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Christabel is a long narrative ballad by Samuel Taylor Coleridge,  composed over the course of four years from 1797 to 1800. It tells the story of innocent Christabel, who meets a bewitching woman named Geraldine in the woods and takes her home out of pity for her plight. After spending the night together, during which it is heavily implied that the two women have had sexual relations, Christabel's father, Sir Leoline, becomes similarly enchanted with...
Topics: Coleridge, poem, legend
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Mar 21, 2020 Voices of Today
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The Bad Child's Book of Beasts Verses by Hilaire Belloc Narrated by Gregory Sheridan This collection of poetic epithets on correct behaviour was published in 1896. In the introduction the author advises: I call you bad, my little child, Upon the title page, Because a manner rude and wild Is common at your age. The Moral of this priceless work (If rightly understood) Will make you—from a little Turk— Unnaturally good. So control your actions that Your friends may all repeat, "This child...
Topics: Poetry, Belloc, beasts
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Mar 21, 2020 Voices of Today
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The Lay of the Werewolf  by Marie de France Presented by Voices of Today This short story is one of twelve medieval romances from the Lays of Marie de France. It tells the tale of the Bisclavret, a werewolf from the old days of Brittany. This is a story of secresy, betrayal, and perhaps even forbidden love - there has been much speculation that the werewolf in this story is an extended metaphor for homosexuality, and there may be more to his wife's rejection of him, and his deep bond with the...
Topics: Werewolf, horror, short story
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Mar 3, 2020 Voices of Today
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The White House from Without In By Stephen Leacock Narrated by Ron Altman Although it relates to the period around the First World War, this satirical extract from the diary of a fictional USA president still retains its comic power.   In some ways, little has changed over the last hundred years. 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...
Topics: President, USA, Leacock, satire
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Feb 19, 2020 Voices of Today
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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
Voices of Today
Feb 17, 2020 Voices of Today
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Taking the Veil By Katherine Mansfield Narrated by The Story Girl A young woman's flighty imagination leads her to envision different possibilities for her future self. Will she choose the path of love? This recording was first published by Librivox on 3rd December, 2019. Music Excerpts from String Quartet No. 2 By Alexander Borodin Performed by the Musopen String Quartet
Topics: Mansfield, short story
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Feb 17, 2020 Voices of Today
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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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Feb 6, 2020 Voices of Today
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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
Topics: Poetry, Coleridge
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Jan 6, 2020 Voices of Today
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The Nightingale By Samuel Taylor Coleridge Narrated by Denis Daly This evocative poem is one of the four that Coleridge contributed to the first volume of Lyrical Ballads, published in 1798. 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: poetry, Coleridge, Victoria
Voices of Today
Dec 26, 2019 Voices of Today
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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
Voices of Today
Dec 20, 2019 Voices of Today
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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...
Topics: Mary Shelley, ghosts
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Dec 6, 2019 Voices of Today
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A Moral Alphabet  by Hilaire Belloc Narrated by Denis Daly In Biography for Beginners, a collection of verses satirizing a variety of celebrities, E.C Bentley wrote the following ditty concerning this author: Mr Hilaire Belloc Is a case for legislation ad hoc. He seems to think nobody minds His books being all of different kinds. Particulary popular among the works in Belloc's voluminous and varied output are his collections of poems for children, which combine caustic wit and imagination in a...
Topics: Belloc, satire, verse, children
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Dec 2, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Marseillaise By Leonid Andreyev Translated by Archibald Wolfe Narrated by Denis Daly Leonid Andreyev was born in Orel, the capital of the Russian province of the same name, on August 21, 1871. He was ten years younger than his future patron and friend Maxim Gorki. He died on September 12, 1919, in Finland, an exile from his beloved chaos-ridden fatherland. In “The Marseillaise,” written in 1905, Andreyev pictures the apotheosis of a hero hidden behind the absurd exterior of a physical...
Topics: Russian, Andreyev, short story
Voices of Today
Nov 18, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Great Lover By Rupert Brooke Narrated by Denis Daly 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: World War I, poetry
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Sep 9, 2019 Voices of Today
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Narration demo reel By Denis Daly I am a professional audiobook narrator and producer and operate my own spoken audio business: Voices of Today I have provided narration and editing for many projects at Librivox.org and Legamus.eu. I am alo a founding member of Rhapsodize, a group which promotes the performance and recording of classic poetry. In 2015 a new venture, The Online Stage, was set up under the auspices of Voices of Today. This is a collective enterprise, dedicated to the production...
Topics: audiobook, narration, sample
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Sep 7, 2019 Voices of Today
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Seven Poems By Henry Lawson Narrated by Denis Daly 1) The Outside Track 2) Scots of the Riverina 3) The Shakedown 4) The Boss' Boots 5) Billy's 'Square Affair' 6) Rise Ye! Rise Ye! 7) The Ballad of Mabel Clare This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as the 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 more information about Voices of Today please visit  our website
Topics: Poetry, Australian, Lawson
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Aug 28, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Tom Saer While serving a prison sentence at Reading Gaol,  Wilde became familiar with the case of another prisoner,  Charles Thomas Wooldridge,  a Royal Horse Guards trooper, who had been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife.  Wooldridge was executed at the gaol on 7th July, 1896. After his release from prison in 1897, Wilde moved to France,  where the poem was written, and later published in 1898.  The first published version...
Topics: Oscar Wilde, poetry, jail, Reading
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Jul 28, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Peterloo Massacre 1819: A Bicentenary Collection Presented by Voices of Today. This is the story of the Peterloo Massacre, told in the words of Francis A. Bruton, Harriet Martineau, Mrs. Isabella Banks and several observers who were present on the day, including Samuel Bamford, Archibald Prentice, John Benjamin Smith and Bishop Edward Stanley.  On 16 August 1819, 60,000 workers and their families marched to St Peter’s Field, Manchester, to join a public meeting in support of...
Topics: Manchester, history, massacre
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Jul 18, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Sub-Contractor An Ibsen parody Based on a story in “Over the Footlights and Other Fancies” By Stephen Leacock Edited for dramatic presentation by Denis Daly This text 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: Parody, Ibsen, Leacock, satire
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Jun 22, 2019 Voices of Today
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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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Topics: poetry, Tennyson
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Jun 20, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Pool of the Stone God By Abraham Merrit Narrated by Denis Daly This is Professor James Marston's story. A score of learned bodies have courteously heard him tell it, and then among themselves have lamented that so brilliant a man should have such an obsession. Professor Marston told it to me in San Francisco, just before he started to find the island that holds his pool of the stone god and—the wings that guard it. He seemed to me very sane. It is true that the equipment of his expedition...
Topics: Horror, short story, Merritt
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Jun 14, 2019 Voices of Today
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning Performed by Denis Daly Possibly Browning's most famous poetic monologue, this piece is a portrait of a narcissistic aristocratic misogynist.  The speaker has been identified as Alfonso D'Este,  Duke of Ferrara, and the unfortunate lady, Lucrezia, a member of the celebrated Medici family. As with much of Browning's verse, this poem illustrates that a high level of artistic development is not always accompanied by an equivalent level of moral practice. A...
Topics: Poetry, Browning, monologue
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Jun 13, 2019 Voices of Today
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For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry From Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart Performed by Denis Daly,  Erin Louttit and John Burlinson This snippet of verse is surely one of the most celebrated tributes to felines in all poetic literature.
Topics: Smart, cat, poetry
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Jun 10, 2019 Voices of Today
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Whipperginny By Robert Graves Narrated by Erin Louttit and Denis Daly This collection of fifty-three poems was written by Robert Graves between 1920 and 1923.  Many of the pieces display a pastoral character and were composed in an effort by the poet to distance himself from the trauma of the First World War.  The title, which is that of the first poem in the collection, refers to an obsolete card card game. Audio edited by Denis Daly This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed,...
Topics: Poetry, Graves
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Jun 9, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Sphinx By Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly First published in 1894 in a limited edition, The Sphinx, which is one of Wilde’s longer poems, evokes images of a ruined and antique past, and has obvious similarities with poems by earlier authors dealing with historical reminisence, like Shelley’s Ozymandias.  Resemblences with Tennyson’s In Memoriam have also been noted.   It may be seen as a lament about the inevitable decline of beauty into a prolonged senescence of useless...
Topics: Oscar Wilde, poem, Victorian
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May 28, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Two Voices By Alfred Lord Tennyson Performed by Leanne Yau and Tom Saer This autobiographical poem was originally titled 'Thoughts of a Suicide' in manuscript, after the death of Tennyson's close friend Arthur Henry Hallam in 1833, and was published following a dark age of ten years during which Tennyson published no new works. In the poem, a voice in the speaker's head urges and cajoles the speaker to suicide, with the speaker offering up various arguments against the idea, only for them...
Topics: Poem, Victorian, Tennyson, duet
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May 28, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald Fourth edition (1879) Performed by Denis Daly
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Topics: Poem, Rubaiyat. Omar. Khayyam, Fitzgerald
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May 20, 2019 Voices of Today
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Tamerlane and other poems by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly and Alexa Sheppard    This collection represents Poe's earliest attempts at writing verse, and was first published in 1827. The young Poe was so bashful about his ilterary ability that the author is described only as "a Bostonian." Contents Introduction Tamerlane Fugitive pieces To - - Dreams Visit of the Dead Evening star Imitation Stanzas A Dream The Happiest Day The Lake In the first and longest poem,  the...
Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Victoriana, poem, Tamerlane
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Mar 25, 2019 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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Jan 28, 2019 Voices of Today
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A Selection from Three Sunsets and Other Poems By Lewis Carroll Narrated by Denis Daly While he is most famous for his imaginative children’s fiction, Lewis Carroll also wrote some poetry on serious subjects.  While it now appears rather dated,  Carroll’s verse is composed with a self-effacing skill which raises it above the conventionality of Victorian sentimentality. Many of the poems in this collection came from Phantasmagoria and other Poems, which Carroll published in 1869. “The...
Topics: Lewis Carroll, poetry
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Jan 23, 2019 Voices of Today
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Five Poems by Oscar Wilde Narrated by Denis Daly 1) Ave Imperatrix 2) Fabien Dei Franchi – to my friend Henry Irving 3) Sonnet – On Hearing the Dies Irae sung in the Sistine Chapel 4) Ave Maria Gratia Plena 5) Libertatis Sacra Fames 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...
Topics: poetry, Oscar Wilde
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Jan 9, 2019 Voices of Today
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A Stroll Around Australia By Aidan de Brune As published in The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate, West Australia, 8 & 24 June 1923 Narrated by Denis Daly 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: Australia, history, travel
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Jan 7, 2019 Voices of Today
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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...
Topics: Poem, Drinkwater, 1923
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Jan 4, 2019 Voices of Today
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The Larrikin of Diamond Creek From Old Offenders and a few old scores (1923) By E.W Hornung  Narrated by Denis Daly Today the fame of E.W. Hornung rests upon his stories about Raffles, the gentleman burglar.  However, among his works are many other novels, short stories, poetry and reminiscences of the First World War, in which he served and during which his son perished.  During the war, he developed an admiration for the Australian servicemen and an interest in that country.      This...
Topics: Melbourne, Hornung, short story, bushranger
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Jan 3, 2019 Voices of Today
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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....
Topics: Poetry, 1923, Drinkwater
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Jan 3, 2019 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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Dec 15, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Secret of Success By William Walker Atkinson William Walker Atkinson was one of the pioneers of the New Thought movement, the philosophy of which underlies many of the ventures in the self-help industry of today.  He was extremely prolific, producing over a hundred books on a variety of subjects, including religion, the occult, concentration, memory and healing. In the introduction he writes: “In the measure that we express and unfold the powers of our individuality so are we great,...
Topics: New Thought, Atkinson, Self Help
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Dec 1, 2018 Voices of Today
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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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Nov 19, 2018 Voices of Today
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Songs from the Mountains – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This was the final collection of verse by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1880. 1 - Black Lizzie    2 - Cooranbean    3 - Peter the Piccaninny    4 - The Sydney International Exhibition    5 - On a Spanish Cathedral    6 - The Melbourne International Exhibition    7 - A Hyde Park Larrikin   8- Leichhardt    This recording may be freely downloaded and distributed, as long as...
Topics: Poetry, Australia, Kendall
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Nov 17, 2018 Voices of Today
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Leaves from Australian Forests  – A selection By Henry Kendall Narrated by Denis Daly This is the second collection of poems by Australian poet Henry Kendall and was first published in 1969. Programme 01 - Dedication    02 - Prefatory Sonnets    03 - The Hut by the Black Swamp    04 - September in Australia    05 - Ghost Glen    06 - The Warrigal    07 - Euroclydon    08 - Araluen    09 - At Euroma    10 - Illa Creek    11 - Moss on a Wall    12 - Campaspe    13 - On...
Topics: Poetry, Kendall, Australia
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Oct 5, 2018 Voices of Today
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Tristram and Iseult A dramatic poem By Matthew Arnold There were two Iseults who did sway Each her hour of Tristram's day! But one possess'd his waning time, The other his resplendent prime. Behold her here, the patient flower. Who possess'd his darker hour! Iseult of the Snow-White Hand Watches pale by Tristram's bed. She is here who had his gloom, Where are thou who hadst his bloom? One such kiss as those of yore Might thy dying knight restore! Does the love-draught work no more? Cast...
Topics: Poetry, Tristram, Iseult, Arnold
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Sep 27, 2018 Voices of Today
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A Selection from Rio Grande's Last Race and Other Poems by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson Narrated by Denis Daly 1.With the Cattle 2.A Disqualified Jockey's Story 3.Song of the Federation 4.The Old Timer’s Steeplechase 5.In the Stable 6.Jock 7.The Pearl Diver 8.The City of Dreadful Thirst 9.Saltbush Bill's Gamecock 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...
Topics: Banjo Paterson, poetry, Australia
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Sep 23, 2018 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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Sep 2, 2018 Voices of Today
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A Boy’s Will By Robert Frost Presented by Voices of Today This book of thirty-two short poems is the first collection of poems published by Robert Frost and first appeared in 1913.    It was followed shortly afterwards by further collections North of Boston (1914) and Mountain Interval (1916.) The book was dedicated to Frost’s wife. Featuring the voices of Ben Stevens, John Burlinson, Amanda Friday, Olivia Sundeen, LuAnn Drexler, Sarah Bacaller, Peter Tucker, Marty Krz, Chyanne Donnell,...
Topics: Poetry, Frost, verse
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Aug 28, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Perfomed by Alan Weyman Here is Coleridge’s first version of the Ancyent Marinere, published in 1798 in the first edition of his and Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. Several revisions during nearly twenty years eventually shaped the version with which we are familiar today.  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...
Topics: Poetry, Ancient Mariner, Coleridge, Wordsworth
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Aug 25, 2018 Voices of Today
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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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Aug 24, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Ballad of Iskander By James Elroy Flecker Narrated by Denis Daly Sultan Iskander sat him down On his golden throne, in his golden crown, And shouted, "Wine and flute-girls three, And the Captain, ho! of my ships at sea." He drank his bowl of wine; he kept The flute-girls dancing till they wept,  Praised and kissed their painted lips, And turned to the Captain of All his Ships And cried, "O Lord of my Ships that go From the Persian Gulf to the Pits of Snow, Inquire for men...
Topics: Poetry, Flecker, Edwardian
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Aug 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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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...
Topics: Shakespeare, sonnet
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Aug 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Wreck of the Deutschland By Gerard Manley Hopkins To the happy memory of five Franciscan Nuns, exiles by the Falk Laws, drowned between midnight and morning of Dec. 7th, 1875 Narrated by Denis Daly If Franz Kafka is the ultimate literary representative of alienation, Gerard Manley Hopkins could be said to represent the acme of personal disaffection.    Oppressed by a sense of the futility of his own intellectual brilliance and suffering the torments of suppression of his latent...
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Aug 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Scholar Gypsy By Matthew Arnold Narrated by Denis Daly Matthew Arnold, popularly considered the third great Victorian poet after Tennyson and Browning, spent his professional life as an inspector of schools, a respectable occupation which enabled him to lead a comfortable life and provide well for his family.  An able scholar, and something of a bon vivant and racconteur,  Arnold nevertheless preached the virtues of a simple life, close to nature and away from the noise and pretension of...
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Aug 8, 2018 Voices of Today
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Far Inland Football By John Arthur Barry Narrated by Denis Daly The folks at the small town of Crupperton are bored.  To help pass the time the Clerk of Petty Sessions suggests that the town form a football team.  All they need is a paddock, a ball and another team to play against.  As the clerk says: "It's just a splendid game for this weather, and nothing could well be simpler."  However, arranging the game proves to have unexpected complications. This recording may be freely...
Topics: Short story, football, John Arthur Barry
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Aug 8, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Quatrains of Abu'l Ala Selected from his "Lozum-ma-la- Yalzam" and "Sact-Uz-Zind" and now first rendered into English By Ameen F. Rihani  Narrated by Denis Daly. Abu al-'Ala' al-Ma'arri (973 - 1057) was an Arab philosopher and poet.  His quatrains  reflect an irreligious rationalism which may be compared with that of Omar Khayyam,   although Abu’l Ala demonstrates a pessimism which is lacking in the work of the more  famous poet. In the words of the translator:...
Topics: Poetry, Rubaiyat. Omar Khayyam, Persia, quatrain, Rihani
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Jul 31, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Denis Daly Not always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and his pride was inordinate.... .. 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...
Topics: Kipling, Kangaroo, poetry
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Jul 29, 2018 Voices of Today
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Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe Narrated by Denis Daly Poe composed the first version of Tamerlane in 1827.  However, he subsequently revised and shortened the poem by 172 lines.  This late version,  which is the subject of the present recording, was published in 1845. One his deathbed,  the warrior/prince Tamerlane,  meditates on the course of his life and wonders whether he was wise to opt for the pursuit of power rather than the pursuit of love. This recording may be freely downloaded and...
Topics: Poe, Tamerlane, poetry
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Jul 29, 2018 Voices of Today
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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
Topics: Short story, biography, Webster
Voices of Today
Jul 28, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Diamond Necklace by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In the sardonic view of Guy de Maupassant, diamonds are not always a girl's best friend, as illustrated in this bitter-sweet story of the conflict between market value and moral values. 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...
Topics: Guy de Maupassant, diamond, short story
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Jul 28, 2018 Voices of Today
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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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Jul 27, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Elephant's Child From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Alan Weyman There was once an Elephant—a new Elephant—an Elephant’s Child — who was full of ‘satiable curtiosity, and that means he asked ever so many questions. And he lived in Africa, and he filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities. 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...
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Jul 27, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Cat That Walked by Himself From Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling Narrated by Alan Weyman 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: Kipling, Just So Stories, cat
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Jul 27, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Rubaiyat of Hafiz Translated by Syed Abdul Majid Rendered into English verse by L. Cranmer-Byng Narrated by Denis Daly Khwaja Shamsuddin Mohammad, better known as Hafiz, was one of the greatest of classical Persian poets. In the words of Edward Fitzgerald: “Hafiz is the most Persian of the Persians. He is the best representative of their character, whether his Saki and wine be real or mystical. The religion and philosophy of other Persian poets is soon seen through, and always seems to me...
Topics: poetry, Hafiz, Persian, rubaiyat
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Jul 26, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Translated by Edward Fitzgerald Third Edition - 1872 Narrated by Denis Daly Come, fill the Cup, and in the fire of Spring Your Winter-garment of Repentance fling: The Bird of Time has but a little way To flutter—and the Bird is on the Wing. 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: Omar, Khayyam, Rubaiyat, poetry, Persia
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Jul 25, 2018 Voices of Today
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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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Jul 24, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade From The Raven Edition of the works of Edgar Allan Poe – Volume Two Narrated by Cate Barratt and Denis Daly    In Poe’s mocking epilogue to the Thousand and One Nights,  all does not end happily. 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. The recording of the complete collection can be...
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Jul 24, 2018 Voices of Today
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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...
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Jul 23, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin By Robert Browning Narrated by Alan Weyman Rats!  They fought the dogs and killed the cats,  And bit the babies in the cradles,  And ate the cheeses out of the vats,  And licked the soup from the cooks’ own ladles,  Split open the kegs of salted sprats,  Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,  And even spoiled the women’s chats  By drowning their speaking  With shrieking and squeaking  In fifty different sharps and flats. This recording may be freely...
Topics: Browning, poem, rats, Hamelin
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Jul 23, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Vanity of Human Wishes by Samuel Johnson Narrated by Denis Daly   In January 1749 Samuel Johnson published the “Vanity Human of Wishes, being the Tenth Satire of Juvenal imitated.”   I believe, he composed it the preceding year.  The 'Vanity of Human Wishes' is, in the opinion of the best judges, as high an effort of ethic poetry as any language can show. The instances of variety of disappointment are chosen so judiciously and painted so strongly, that the moment they are read they...
Topics: Samuel Johnson, poetry, Juvenal
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Jul 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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Boule de Suif From Collected Short Stories – Volume One by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt   Boule de Suif (dumpling) was originally published in a collection named “Dumpling and Other Stories of the War”, the background of which is the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 – 1871. Published in 1880 it is considered de Maupassant’s first literary masterpiece. In this story a group of ten French travellers are detained at an inn by a Prussian officer.  He is willing to let them...
Topics: Short Story, de Maupassant, Franco-Prussian War, Rouen
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Jul 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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A Burgling Incident By Arthur Morrison Published in the Melbourne Argus.  27th May, 1905. Narrated by Denis Daly    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: Crime, short story
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Jul 22, 2018 Voices of Today
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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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Jul 19, 2018 Voices of Today
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A Family Affair From Collected Short Stories – Volume 2 by Guy de Maupassant Narrated by Cate Barratt    In this grim tale  de Maupassant explores the issues of death and grief in a highly dysfunctional Parisian family.  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. The recording of the complete collection can be purchased at...
Topics: Guy de Maupassant, short story, Paris
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Jul 15, 2018 Voices of Today
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The Sick King in Bokhara A poetic fable by Matthew Arnold Presented by Voices of Today Cast: Hussein: Alan Weyman The Vizier: Marty Krz The King: John Burlinson 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: Arnold, poetry, Victorian, Bokhara
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Jun 15, 2018 Voices of Today
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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