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2011 was quite a busy year where reading is concerned. I read 39 books and listened to 77 audiobooks. Of those 77 audiobooks only 16 were either commercial or non LibriVox recordings. The other 61 were Librivox recordings, for which I did the prooflistening.

Of the books I read the one I liked best probably was “Little Town on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (though I greatly enjoyed the rest of the series too). Also the “Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins and the “Cazalet Chronicles” by Elizabeth Jane Howard were great.

The book I hated most was “3096 Days” by Natascha Kampusch. It’s badly written and badly translated (I tried the German and the English version). Everything sounds terribly artificial and very much like the author is trying way too hard to try to convince everybody that her story is true…

Anyway here is the list of books I read:

1. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
3. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
4. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman
6. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. The Apple Stone by Nicholas Stuart Gray: audiobook. LOVED it!!!!
8. Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
9. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
10. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
11. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright: audiobook
12. Pu der Bär by A.A. Milne
13. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
14. Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
15. These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
16. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
17. Das Wunder von Narnia by C.S. Lewis
18. Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright: audiobook
19. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
21. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
22. Half Magic by Edward Eage: audiobook
23. Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid
24. Ramona Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
25. The Secret Garden by F. H. Burnett
26. Ramona and her mother by Beverly Cleary
27. Ramona Forever by Beverly Cleary
28. Ramona’ World by Beverly Cleary
29. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer (commercial audiobook)
30. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (commercial audiobook)
31. The Passage by Justin Cronin
32. Marking time by Elizabeth Howard
33. The Adventures of Sally by P.G.Wodehouse (LV recording)
34. Charlie und die Schokoladenfabrik by Roald Dahl
35. Brat Farrer by Josephine Tey
36. Frei ist nur der Blick zum Himmel by Sandra Gregory
37. Fever Dream by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (commercial audiobook)
38. Da waren es nur noch neun by Agatha Christie (commercial audiobook)
39. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (LV recording)
40. Trick of the Dark by Val Mc Dermid
(Michel aus Lönneberg by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Der alte, der junge und der keine Stanislaus by Vera Ferra Mikura: picture book)
41. Marked by P.C and Kristin Cast (commercial audiobook)
42. Superfudge by Jody Blume (commercial audiobook)
43. Der stumme Schrei by Hilda Lawrence (commercial audiobook)
44. Wolfskind: Die unglaubliche Lebensgeschichte des ostpreußischen Mädchens Liesabeth Otto von Ingeborg Jacobs
45. A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
46. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
47. Die Welle by Morton Rhue (commercial audiobook)
48. Der Herr der Ringe by J. R. R. Tolkien (commercial audiobook)
49. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
50. Ramona and her father by Beverly Cleary
51. Room by Emma Donoghue
(Guck mal, Madita! Es schneit! by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Na klar, Lotta kann Rad fahren by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Weihnachten in Bullerbü by Astrid Lindgren: picture book)
(Die Heinzelmännchen von Köln by August Kopisch: picture book)
52. Der König von Narnia by C.S. Lewis
53. 3096 Days by Natasche Kampusch: HATED it!
54. Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard
55. Reckless by Cornelia Funke (commercial audiobook)

If you are interested to see what I listened to, here is the full list including all LV recordings: https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?p=553871#p553871

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Just a tiny post to tell you all about the beautiful poem I recorded last weekend for the fortnightly poetry collection at LibriVox. The poem is called “The Little Mud-Sparrows” by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. (taken from CHRISTMAS IN LEGEND AND STORY; A Book for Boys and Girls, complied by Elva S. Smith, Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and Alice I. Hazeltine)

Here is the poem and my version of it:

A Jewish Legend

I like that old, kind legend
Not found in Holy Writ,
And wish that John or Matthew
Had made Bible out of it.

But though it is not Gospel,
There is no law to hold
The heart from growing better
That hears the story told:—

How the little Jewish children
Upon a summer day,
Went down across the meadows
With the Child Christ to play.

And in the gold-green valley,
Where low the reed-grass lay,
They made them mock mud-sparrows
Out of the meadow clay.

So, when these all were fashioned,
And ranged in rows about,
“Now,” said the little Jesus,
“We’ll let the birds fly out.”

Then all the happy children
Did call, and coax, and cry—
Each to his own mud-sparrow:
“Fly, as I bid you! Fly!”

But earthen were the sparrows,
And earth they did remain,
Though loud the Jewish children
Cried out, and cried again.

Except the one bird only
The little Lord Christ made;
The earth that owned Him Master,
—His earth heard and obeyed.

Softly He leaned and whispered:
“Fly up to Heaven! Fly!”
And swift, His little sparrow
Went soaring to the sky,

And silent, all the children
Stood, awestruck, looking on,
Till, deep into the heavens,
The bird of earth had gone.

I like to think, for playmate
We have the Lord Christ still,
And that still above our weakness
He works His mighty will,

That all our little playthings
Of earthen hopes and joys
Shall be, by His commandment,
Changed into heavenly toys.

Our souls are like the sparrows
Imprisoned in the clay,
Bless Him who came to give them wings
Upon a Christmas Day!

Isn’t it simply beautiful? If you feel like recording is, the project is still open and can be found here: https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=37121

 

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For once I’m on time posting about the German Adventskalender on LibriVox. It’s a collection of 24 lovely stories, poems, fairy tales and many other texts centered around Christmas, snow, winter and everything related to it.

Anyway, here is the catalog page with all recordings and other details:

Happy 1. December and have fun listening! 😀

http://librivox.org/adventskalender-2011-by-various/

Here is one of my recordings:

It’s called Bärbele’s Weihnachten by Ottilie Wildermuth. It’s a lovely tale about a poor little girl, who is longing to have a godmother like all the other children in the small village…

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Proudly presenting my finished LibriVox solo recording of German short stories for kids: http://librivox.org/erzaehlungen-fuer-kinder-von-various/ 😀

Here is the official summary:

Neben berühmten Erzählungen wie “Max und Moritz – Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen” von Wilhelm Busch und zwei der weniger bekannten Texten von Heinrich Hoffmann (Autor von Struwwelpeter) enthält diese Sammlung insgesamt 20 kurze Erzählungen, Gedichte und Märchen für Kinder. (Zusammenfassung von Elli)

Max und Moritz

It’s a collection of 20 short stories for children… some well known and some probably long forgotten. A few of the texts were very hard to read, as the quality of the scans often was rather bad and the old writing made it doubly hard… still I had a lot of fun recording those old stories and there are some real treasures among them. I think the one I liked best was “Etwas von den Wurzelkindern” by Sibylle but also the two by Heinrich Hoffmann were really good. Anyway most of the texts have beautiful pictures, so you might want to read along. 😀

Here is my recording of Max und Moritz:

Hope you’ll have as much fun listening as I had recording them. 😀

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At the moment I’m down with a nasty cold and more or less had to spend all week in bed. After feeling absolutely miserable for the first few days I’m somewhat better now and also rather bored.

To make time pass faster I did  a lot of knitting. I finished those 9 to 5 socks, I blogged about last week and here is the most recent pair of finished socks:

Circle Sock

The socks turned out really really well and I love how the circles look… but for some reason I didn’t enjoy the pattern. Making those circles was a major pain and so incredibly slow that it made me feel like the sock wasn’t “growing” at all… probably I’m just to impatient because the pattern actually was supereasy. 😉

Anyway here is my rav. page with all yarn/needle details and more pics: http://ravel.me/aravis83/pld53

After all those socks I’ve done lately it’s time for another big knitting project and so I’m working on a cardigan now. No pics yet, but here is the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/making-waves-cardigan

Apart from knitting, I watched quite a lot of “Breaking Bad” and I’m halfway through the second season now. It’s really awesome, but I’m no longer sure I acutally  “like” it… there is just so much violence and disgusting and scary stuff. Still it’s quite fascinating and it certainly keeps me glued to the screen.

Oh and I started to read “Confusion” by Elizabeth Jane Howard which is the third book of the Cazalet Chronicles. Basically it’s the story of quite a large family and tells of their everyday life, their troubles and joys. This volume is set during WWII and so far I love  it, though it started out quite sad.

Of course I’ve also played about every video game I could get hold of. Yesterday I finished “Snark Busters” (YAY me! 😉 ), which was amazingly good. Normally I don’t enjoy hidden object games much, but this one had such pretty pics and the story was quite interesting too. Right now I’m totally addicted to “Cradle of Rome” and “Drawn – The Painted Tower“. Oh and I’m still fighting my way through “Zelda – Occarina of Time” which is absolutely amazing… but also very, very hard and will certainly keep me occupied for many more hours.  😀

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And another post to show off yet another pair of knit socks: 😉

9 to 5 socks

The socks turned out absolutely wonderful and I just love how intricate the pattern looks, though it was actually easy to knit…  after I figured out how to do those cables, that is. 😉 Also the socks are incredibly stretchy which makes them doubly comfy to wear.

While knitting I listened to “Marked” by P.C. and Kristen Cast. It’s the first book of the “House of Night” series, which basically is yet another teenage vampire high school story. The story is ok and there is a lot less whining than in “Twilight” (don’t get me wrong… there still is a considerable amount 😉 ), but nothing ever seems to happen… and there certainly is no creepyness or blood or anything I’d expect of a good vampire story. Also Zoe the main character is of course the typical, totally insecure teenager (and constantly going on and on and on about totally uninteresting things) and she of course has super special powers which none of the others have.

Anyway I haven’t quite finished listening yet. So maybe the story will get awesome all of a sudden, but so far I don’t like it much. Also the language of the book sounds a bit forced… like the authors were trying too hard to sound like teenagers (and failing miserablely).

Also I started to watch “Breaking Bad” while knitting. So far I’ve only watched the first 3 episodes, but I really like it. The main character played by Bryan Cranston (Hal from Malcolm in the Middle) is amazingly good… much better than I would have thought. The only thing I don’t like so far is that sometimes a bit too much is shown…. there is a particularly disgusting bit in episode 2 where an in acid dissolved body, well the gooey remains with bits of bone still in it, comes crashing through the ceiling. YUCK!

Anyway back to socks, which were what I intended to blog about. 😉 The pattern can be found here… along with all needle, yarn details and more pics:  http://ravel.me/aravis83/s35hd 😀

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Yesterday I cataloged my very first dramatic work at LibriVox. It’s a short German play called “Kasperl in der Türkei” by Franz Graf von Pocci. Here is a short summary:

Kasperl in der Türkei

Franz Graf von Pocci, der „Kasperlgraf“ verfasste mehr als 40 Kasperlstücke für das Marionettentheater mit Themen aus der Märchen- und Sagenwelt sowie Beiträge für die Münchener Bilderbogen. Seine Kasperlgeschichten ranken sich um den Kasperl Larifari, der jedoch kein netter Held, sondern eine eher ambivalente Figur ist. Larifari weist auch dunkle Seiten auf und ist als ein nie erwachsen gewordener Erwachsener zu verstehen. Er hat nie die Chance, in einer intakten Familie aufzuwachsen und wird zum Blender, Trickser und Narzissten… (Zusammenfassung von Wikipedia und Elli)

The story of the play is somewhat strange and not quite what I thought it would be, but it was a lot of fun to record my part and then to edit it all together. It’s my first attempt at editing a play and I’m rather pleased with the result. Here is the first act:

And the whole recording can be found here: http://librivox.org/kasperl-in-der-turkei-by-franz-graf-von-pocci/

Have fun listening! 😀

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