Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 051

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.5 stars; 2 reviews)

Seventeen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include philosophy--Bertrand Russell, Spinoza, and Epictetus; science and invention--the Wright brothers, Leibniz, arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, spider webs, and cylindrical silos; plays and cinema--Lillian Gish and Friedrich Schiller; satire--selections from Ambrose Bierce, Robert Benchley, and Seneca; biographies--Aaron Burr, and Sophia Packard of Spellman College; the murder of Archbishop Charles Seghers in Alaska in 1886; and a history of Torre Abbey in England.
Summary by Sue Anderson

Against the Epicurean and Academics was translated by T. W. Rolleston. (3 hr 35 min)


Against the Epicureans and Academics 9:52 Read by VfkaBT
Apocolocyntosis (or: The Pumpkinification of Claudius) 35:49 Read by Availle
The Circular Snare 10:55 Read by Sue Anderson
The Community Masque as a Substitute for War 11:14 Read by VfkaBT
The Cylindrical Silo 7:51 Read by Sue Anderson
Did We Eat One Another? 3:07 Read by John N. Daily
Excerpt from Theodicy 12:00 Read by Craig Campbell
The Fate of Sir John Franklin 5:45 Read by Phil Schempf
The Nature of the Human Mind 5:40 Read by Gerwin Kramer
A Noble Life-Work After Fifty-Seven: Sophia B. Packard 9:36 Read by Craig Campbell
The Official Account of the Death of Archbishop Seghers 9:00 Read by Phil Schempf
The Place of Science in a Liberal Education 25:51 Read by Gerwin Kramer
Preface to The Robbers (1781) 11:35 Read by Craig Campbell
The Story of a Daughter's Love 18:12 Read by Elizabeth P.
Torre Abbey 12:53 Read by Garth Burton
Way Down East 18:14 Read by VfkaBT
The Wright Brothers and Their Problem 8:05 Read by Andrea Kotzer


(4 stars)

I find it hard to find out who are the authors of many of these essays, since they are not listed in the individual titles and only some of the generous readers mention the name of the author before they begin reading the text. However, I do thank Librivox and all the dedicated volunteers for the many hours I have enjoyed listening.