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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

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The Iliad by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler

Der Raub der Helena by Guido Reni, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

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Total running time:  14 hours, 30 minutes

Iliad cover art, courtesy of Librivox

# 01 – The Quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon

# 02 – Agammemnon’s Dream

# 03 – Paris Challenges Menelaus

# 04 – A Quarrel in Olympus

# 05 – The exploits of Diomed

Hector and Andromache by A. Losenko, public domain image

# 06 – Hector and Andromache

# 07 – Hector and Ajax Fight

# 08 – The Victory of the Trojans

# 09 – The Embassy to Achilles

# 10 – Ulysses and Diomed go out as Spies

# 11 – Agamemnon’s Day of Glory

# 12 – The Trojans Break the Wall

Helen on the ramparts of Troy by Gustave Moreau, public domain image

# 13 – Neptune helps the Achaeans

# 14 – Agamemnon Proposes that the Achaeans Should Sail Home

# 15 – Apollo Heals Hector

# 16 – Patroclus fights in the armor of Achilles

# 17 – The Light around the Body of Patroclus

# 18 – The Shield of Achilles

# 19 – Achilles Goes Out to Fight

# 20 – Achilles fights Aeneas

# 21 – Achilles Drives the Trojans Back

Priam by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

# 22 – The death of Hector

# 23 – The Funeral Games of Patroclus

# 24 – Priam Ransoms Hector’s Body

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A Doll’s House by Ibsen

Vera Komissarzhevskaya as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, image by Elena Mrozovskaya, 1904, public domain
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Summary: A Doll’s House, written two years after The Pillars of Society, was the first of Ibsen’s plays to create a sensation and is now perhaps his most famous play, and required reading in many secondary schools and universities. The play was highly controversial when first published, as it is sharply critical of 19th Century marriage norms. It follows the formula of well-made play up until the final act, when it breaks convention by ending with a discussion, not an unravelling. It is often called the first true feminist play, although Ibsen denied this. From Wikipedia

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Betty Hennings as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, Copenhagen Denmark, 1879-1907, public domain image

# 01 – Act 1 – 00:59:04

# 02 – Act 2 – 00:45:04

# 03 – Act 3 – 00:47:03

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Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

Augustine, illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle by Harmann Schedel, public domain image

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Augustine by Sandro Botticelli, Yorck

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Total running time: 13 hours, 50 minutes

Augustine by Martini, Simone, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

Posted 8 years, 3 months ago.

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Plato’s Republic by Plato

fragments of Plato's Republic

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Plato by Raphael

Summary: The Republic is a Socratic dialogue by Plato, written in approximately 380 BC. It is one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory, and arguably Plato’s best known work. In it, Socrates and various other Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and whether the just man is happier than the unjust man by constructing an imaginary city ruled by philosopher-kings. The dialogue also discusses the nature of the philosopher, Plato’s Theory of Forms, the conflict between philosophy and poetry, and the immortality of the soul. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Plato, Ancient Academy Academy of Plato, mosaic from Pompeii

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov and Marmeladov from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Running time: 23 hours, 26 minutes

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Fyodor Dostoevsky by Wassilij Grigorjewitsch Perow

01 – Part 1 Chapter 1

02 – Part 1 Chapter 2

03 – Part 1 Chapter 3

04 – Part 1 Chapter 4

05 – Part 1 Chapter 5

06 – Part 1 Chapter 6

07 – Part 1 Chapter 7

08 – Part 2 Chapter 1

09 – Part 2 Chapter 2

10 – Part 2 Chapter 3

11-Part 2 Chapter 4

12 – Part 2 Chapter 5

13 – Part 2 Chapter 6

14 – Part 2 Chapter 7

15 – Part 3 Chapter 1

16 – Part 3 Chapter 2

17 – Part 3 Chapter 3

18 – Part 3 Chapter 4

19 – Part 3 Chapter 5

20 – Part 3 Chapter 6

21 – Part 4 Chapter 1

22 – Part 4 Chapter 2

23 – Part 4 Chapter 3

24 – Part 4 Chapter 4

25 – Part 4 Chapter 5

26 – Part 4 Chapter 6

27 – Part 5 Chapter 1

28 – Part 5 Chapter 2

29 – Part 5 Chapter 3

30 – Part 5 Chapter 4

31 – Part 5 Chapter 5

32 – Part 6 Chapter 1

33 – Part 6 Chapter 2

34 – Part 6 Chapter 3

35 – Part 6 Chapter 4

36 – Part 6 Chapter 5

37 – Part 6 Chapter 6

38 – Part 6 Chapter 7

39 – Part 6 Chapter 8

40 – Epilogue

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Dante Inferno Codex

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Running time: 12 hours, 25 minutes

Note to parent: This book appears on many high school reading lists, but it contains mature themes. Please rely on your trusted curriculum provider for guidance as to which Canto’s to assign to your student.

Dante Inferno, Canto I, illustration by William Blake

01 Inferno: Canto I – Canto V  00:43:10

Dante Inferno Canto 3 by Stradano

02 Inferno: Canto VI- Canto X  00:36:40

03 Inferno: Canto XI – Canto XV 00:47:04

Dante Inferno Cerberus by Blake, Canto 6

04 Inferno: Canto XVI- Canto XX  00:30:36

05 Inferno: Canto XXI – Canto XXV  00:35:24

Chart of Dante's Hell by Botticelli

06 Inferno: Canto XXVI – Canto XXX 00:36:44

07 Inferno: Canto XXXI – Canto XXXIV 00:36:18

Dante Purgatorio, Canto 12, detail


08 Purgatory: Canto I – Canto V  00:42:33

09 Purgatory: Canto VI – Canto XI 00:37:19

10 Purgatory: Canto XII – Canto XVI 00:33:15

Dante Purgatorio Canto 5 by Dore


11 Purgatory: Canto XVII – Canto XXI  00:35:31

12 Purgatory: Canto XXII -Canto XXVII  00:47:07

13 Purgatory: Canto XXVIII -Canto XXXIII  00:43:32

Beatrice by John William Waterhouse

14 Paradise: Canto I- Canto V  00:41:08

15 Paradise: Canto VI – Canto XI  00:38:33

Dante in exile, author unknown

16 Paradise: Canto XII – Canto XVI  00:32:15


17 Paradise: Canto XVII – Canto XXI 00:39:50

Dante Paradiso, Beata Beatrix by Rosetti

18 Paradise: Canto XXII – Canto XXVII00:42:17
19 Paradise: Canto XXVIII- Canto XXXIII 00:44:09

Allegorical portrait of Dante by Agnolo Bronzino, c 1530.  The book he holds is a copy of the Divine Comedy, open to Canto 25 of Paradiso.

Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Summary: War and Peace is an epic novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russki Vestnik, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy’s two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world’s greatest novels.

War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, age and marriage. While today it is considered a novel, it broke so many novelistic conventions of its day that many critics of Tolstoy’s time did not consider it as such. Tolstoy himself considered Anna Karenina (1878) to be his first attempt at a novel in the European sense. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book 1
Running time: 5 hours, 32 minutes

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Running time:  4 hours, 32 minutes

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Book 3

Running time:  5 hours, 3 minutes

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Book 4

Running time:  3 hours, 2 minutes

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Book 5

Running time:  3 hours, 53 minutes

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Book 6

Running time:  4 hours, 2 minutes

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Book 7

Running time:   2 hours, 38 minutes

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Book 8

Running time:  3 hours, 57 minutes

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Book 9

Running time:   4 hours, 19 minutes

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Book 10

Running time:  7 hours, 30 minutes

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Book 11

Running time:  6 hours, 10 minutes

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Book 12

Running time:   2 hours, 42 minutes

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Book 13

Running time:   2 hours, 15 minutes

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Book 14

Running time:   2 hours, 9 minutes

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Book 15  This book has not been recorded yet, but it is in production.  We will post the links here when it is finished.  In the meantime, you can listen to the unedited recording of this book here, by clicking on the word Listen beside each chapter.

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Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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The Sayings of Confucius

Summary:  Promoting virtues such as filial devotion, compassion, loyalty, and propriety, these dialogues between the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius and his disciples comprise the crux of Confucianism. (Summary by Andrea L for Librivox)

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Total running time: 3 hrs. 12 min.

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Introductory Note

Book 1

Book  2

Book  3

Book   4

Book   5

Book  6

Book   7

Book  8

Book  9

Book  10

Book  11

Book 12

Book 13

Book 14

Book 15

Book 16

Book 17

Book 18

Book 19

Book 20

Posted 8 years, 8 months ago.

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The Rhetoric by Aristotle

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Total running time: 58 min.

01 – Book I Part 1 (Chapters 1-5)

02 – Book I Part 2 (Chapters 6-10

03 – Book I Part 3 (Chapters 11-16)

04 – Book II Part 1 (Chapters 1-9)

05 – Book II Part 2 (Chapters 10-21)

06 – Book II Part 3 (Chapters 22-28)

07 – Book III Part 1 (Chapters 1-10

08 – Book III Part 2 (Chapters 11-14)

09 – Book III Part 3 (Chapters 15-19)

Posted 8 years, 10 months ago.

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