Greetings! This recent collection of short audio stories were catalogued into the Librivox system and I thought I’d share since I read one short section (72). My particular two fables were poems called ‘The Maiden’ and ‘The Wishes.’ I felt pretty good about them, but there are many other fine readers on the collection. Poems are always interesting and sometimes more fun to listen to than read in silence.
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Is anyone in the mood for great adventures full of mystical maidens and chivalrous knights? Librivox just recently catalogued a new narrated project by the author Howard Pyle: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights. This is a story that never ceases to interest people because of it’s classic characters. Along with some other great readers, I got to take part in reading these tales (Sections 22-24). My sections particularly documented the downfall of Merlin. I had originally hoped to narrate the whole story of Merlin but the commitment became a little daunting and I passed it on to reader dominictreas. However, it was fun to have flexibility in reading different character voices which is something I feel I’m good at.
I am currently in the process of narrating and editing my first solo! Title to be revealed in due time…
“Imaginotions: Truthless Tales,” by Tudor Jenks has lately released on Librivox! This collection of interesting short stories are not necessarily children’s stories, and not all have an obvious moral. But I enjoyed reading two of them, in partnership with other volunteer readers. The two I narrated were (14) Professor Chipmunk’s Surprising Adventure, and (19) The Statue. I loved coming up with different voices for man and furry animals! 🙂
If you’re a bird watcher and/or nature lover, you may enjoy one of Librivox’s recently catalogued audiobooks in the public domain– “Birds & All Nature.” This particular project is Vol. 4 from 1899, of which I narrated a small section (#21). Since I narrated the kids’ version of The Kalevala in an earlier project, I knew how to pronounce the mythological names of in “Bird Lore of the Ancient Finns.” I don’t often narrate non-fiction, but I thought I’d try something new here. Other sections are on various topics such as ‘The Why and Wherefore of the Color of Birds’ Eggs’; ‘Tea’; and ‘When Animals are Seasick’. Hope you enjoy it!
Do you love Shakespeare? I can’t say I’ve been an avid aficionado, especially when it comes to reading him (though I have done that). His plays were mainly meant to be watched/heard rather than read in any case. I have enjoyed watching some very well done films of his plays, including As You Like It, King Lear, and Hamlet.
But while watching the PBS series, “Shakespeare Uncovered,” I brought deeper into Shakespeare’s wonderful stories by professors and lovers of literature, and actors who played (with various interpretations) the different characters. I absolutely loved the first season (which I posted about here), and so I was thrilled to learn about the Season 2. Both are playable for free here. In this season, many of Shakespeare’s stories featuring strong female leads are the focus: Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Different hosts of the show include Morgan Freeman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugh Bonneville and Christopher Plummer.
I would urge some caution for younger viewers on some of these, as Othello features some violence, Romeo and Juliet a bedroom scene, Taming of Shrew touches on some sexual explicitness, Midsummer discusses bestiality. Also, playactors take liberties in a public elementary school where they switch male and female roles in the Taming of the Shrew (male actor wears female clothes and vice versa). It is interesting that the children, who had formerly been enjoying the hilarious play, grow suddenly quiet and uncomfortable when the costumes are changed. It’s sad when adults mess with children’s minds in this way, twisting the nature of gender.
Despite these few issues, I really did enjoy these a lot and think you will as well. I’m looking forward to perhaps more seasons in the near future!