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Alice's Abenteuer im WunderlandKara and I have started to read “Alice’s Abenteuer im Wunderland” (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) as a duet for LibriVox in German.

»Und was nützen Bücher,« dachte Alice, »ohne Bilder und Gespräche?« (and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’)

I would never have thougt that it could be so much fun to read Alice. As a kid I didn’t particularly like it…. too confusing, too many weird animals and really annoying voices. Ok… all I’ve ever seen of Alice was the Disney version. (Normally I love Disney movies but this one is the exception to the rule). Actually I’m pretty astonished how different the book is from the Disney version… (not that I can remember very well!)Alice's Abenteuer im Wunderland

»Vielleicht versteht sie nicht Englisch,« dachte Alice, »es ist vielleicht eine französische Maus, die mit Wilhelm dem Eroberer herüber gekommen ist« (‘Perhaps it doesn’t understand English,’ thought Alice; ‘I daresay it’s a French mouse, come over with William the Conqueror.’)

Anyway the book is great (the translation really is awesome) and so much fun to read. We’ve already done the first two chapters. If you want a peek you can find our combined effort here.

Alice's Abenteuer im Wunderland»Sagt mir das erst, und dann, wenn ich die Person gern bin, will ich kommen; wo nicht, so will ich hier unten bleiben, bis ich jemand Anderes bin.« (“Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else”)

If you are wondering why we are reading in German, it’s my native lanuage. For Kara it’s a second language and she speaks it REALLY well. I especially love her way of reading the poem right at the beginning of the first chapter… 😀 (While you are at it listen to her recording of “Der Struwwelpeter“… it’s one of my very favs and her charming accent makes it doubly enjoyable.)

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Yesterday I’ve finished my very first English Solo recording for LibriVox! It’s “In the High Valley” (link to etext) by Susan Coolidge.

As I’ve promised in one of my earlier blog posts here is a proper summary of the book (but of course I’ll just try to make it sound too good to resist and therefor won’t give too much away ;)):

Elsie Carr

"No one would have suspected that she had skimmed two pans of cream"—Page 166.

“In the High Valley” is the fifth and last book of the popular “What Katy did” series by Susan Coolidge.
The story starts out with Lionel Young and his sister, Imogen who set out for the picturesque but remote High Valley (America), leaving their hometown Devonshire (England) behind.
Lionel wants to take the share in Geoffrey Templestowe’s cattle business. Imogen, owing to her prejudices against America and the American way of life, finds it hard to adjust to life over there.
Clover Templestowe, now happily married and living in the High Valley, at first finds it very trying to get on with Imogen.
A lot of events ensure in the course of which we meet again with Rose Red, get news from Cousin Helen and of course meet Katy again… until it all finally ends in a lovely double wedding! (by Neeru and me)

It was a lot of work to get it recorded, but every second I spent on it was absolutely worth it!  The book is so beautifully written and it’s great to see the characters “grow up”. (The “What Katy did” series had been one of my most fav. ever since my childhood and I know the first three books really well). Therefor I’m glad Susan Coolidge brought the series to such a charming and lovely ending. 😀

Anyway the book is recorded and prooflistened and currently just awaits getting cataloged! At this point I really want to say thanks to Hokuspokus, who has MCed (and been a great support ) and to mim@can, who  did a great job prooflistening (and put up with my weird accent ;))

In the High Valley Archive Page

Proudly presenting my very first LibriVox Solo reading of “In the High Valley“!!! (In case anybody is wondering it’s absolutely free and legal to download my recording.)

Have fun listening! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did reading it!

(“What Katy did” and “What Katy did at school” are complete and can be found in that LibriVox Catalog! “What Katy did next” is still in progress as a group project and I’m half way done with “Clover”… I really hope to get them both cataloged by the end of the year!  So hang on there and have fun with the other ones in the meantime! ;))

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My Betsy - Tacy books! :)

My Betsy - Tacy books! 🙂

As usual there are lots and lots of things to tell….

…but most important of all my “Betsy – Tacy” books by Maud Hart Lovelace have arrived! Years ago I read one or two books of the series and I’ve been wanting to read them all ever since (but well they were rather hard to come by here). So I was quite overjoyed when I discovered that a couple of them have been reprinted by Harper Collins! And here they are!

I can’t tell you much about them yet, since I haven’t read them yet and can’t remember the ones I read too well! 😉 But I promise to do a proper review the moment I’ve turned the last page!

Btw. if you click the “Harper  Collins” link you can have a nice peek into them and see for yourself!

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akinator_1_defiSome time ago I discovered this funny (and really marvellous) webpage called Akinator! (I think I already wrote about that one in my old blog… but well I’m too lazy to check right now! ;))

Anyway I just misclicked a link in my “well sorted” bookmarks folder and chanced across it again. It’s sooo funny.

There is this little genie, who really is a genius. All you have to do is think of a more or less famous person and answer the questions he asks you… after a couple of questions he is almost always able to tell you, whom you’ve chosen!

It’s almost impossible to beat him with anything recent or even remotely modern! He even knew “Nymeria” (Arya Stark’s direwolf cub from “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin) BUT I beat him with Remi (orphaned boy from “Nobody’s Boy”)!! 😎

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A couple of days ago I “madly” fell in love with a book called “Nobody’s Boy” by Hector Malot. Originally it was published under the title “Sans famille” and seems to be (have been ;)) rather famous, though I’d never heard of it before until I discovered it in “Book Suggestions” on LibriVox.

It was these first few lines that drew me in:

Nobody's Boy (blog)

"I'LL GIVE YOU THIRTY FRANCS FOR HIM."

I was a foundling. But until I was eight years of age I thought I had a mother like other children, for when I cried a woman held me tightly in her arms and rocked me gently until my tears stopped falling. I never got into bed without her coming to kiss me, and when the December winds blew the icy snow against the window panes, she would take my feet between her hands and warm them, while she sang to me. Even now I can remember the song she used to sing. If a storm came on while I was out minding our cow, she would run down the lane to meet me, and cover my head and shoulders with her cotton skirt so that I should not get wet.

Remi, an orphaned boy spends the first 8 years of his life in a poor but cosy home, with a mother who loves him dearly. It’s only when the woman’s husband returns that he finds out that they are not his parents. His “father”, who has been injured and is now out of work, looses no time in selling him to a travelling artist, called Vitalis.

It soon turns out that the fate, which seemed so cruel in the beginning in reality has been a blessing!

The book is beautifully written and it captures the characters as well as the mood of that time very well. The dialogues often are funny and it’s the careful details that make it really worth reading!

Considering all this I just had to start it as my 3. LibriVox Solo (though I solemly promised myself not to start another until the other 2 are done, but the tempation was just too much ;)) and almost 1/3 of it is already recorded.

Btw. after so many posts about LibriVox, I should probably blog about it some time too! 🙂

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