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Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Woman decorated with peacock feathers
“she blooms forth as the peacock and bird of paradise, in poignant reversal of nature’s laws, even wearing masculine feathers to further her feminine ends.”

The author introduced the idea of anthrocentrism in 1911 with this book. I found this chapter to be amusing as the author explored the ideas of masculine and feminine practices and characteristics being inborn, natural, and unique to each sex. She emphasizes that we are all more human than we are either masculine or feminine.

Our Androcentric Culture, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.

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This chapter is Track 12 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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Beautiful Peacock Woman, illustration by T V Kelly, 1914, Public domain, via PublicDomainPictures.net

North and South, Chapter One, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

“Edith had rolled herself up into a soft ball of muslin and ribbon, and silken curls, and gone off into a peaceful little after-dinner nap.” — from Chapter 1, North and South, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.

“The first chapter of a book is often the hook to draw a reader in. It could make you eager for more or realize it isn’t for you.” Lynne T of LibriVox

The characters in the first chapter of North and South drew me in. This story gives us a glimpse of conditions for several social classes in 19th century Victorian Sussex England.

North and South, Chapter 1 read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


I’m looking forward to recording this book in its entirety.

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This chapter is Track 11 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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frontispiece, North And South, illustration via Gutenberg.org, Public Domain

Rhymes of Childhood, by Edgar A. Guest

CD cover for Rhymes of Childhood, by Edgar A. Guest. Image of a young child sleeping with a small dog
Rhymes of Childhood, by Edgar A. Guest

115 poems, each less than 3 minutes long and written from the point of view of a child by a British American poet who was known for being inspiring and optimistic. Published 1924.

Rhymes of Childhood read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox:
#93 When There’s Company For Tea
#94 The Good Little Boy
#95 The Finest Age

Read the entire book “Rhymes of Childhood” at Internet Archive.

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CD cover for Rhymes of Childhood by Edgar A. Guest, designed by TriciaG, illustration by Abbott Handerson Thayer, Public domain

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Chapter One, by Edgar Rice Burroughs

book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John c. 1916
book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John c. 1916

As I recorded this chapter, I worked hard to maintain my focus on the terrifying, suspenseful interaction between sinister characters. I imagined myself seeing the story unfold as I reported it.

I’ve never read a comic book. I’ve watched very few Marvel movies, most notably Ang Lee’s The Hulk, so this reading was an odd choice for me.

I was never a fan of the Tarzan books or comic books or movies but my sweetie was during childhood. This brought back the fond memories of the suspense of the stories, so I faced the challenge of recording this chapter. I found that I enjoyed speaking the voices that I heard inside my head: those of a 1950s news reporter, a National Geographic movie narrator, a little bit of famous actors Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss, and a Marvel comic book movie. Do you hear a hint of any of them?

Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


I was amused by a couple lines in particular:

“It were easier to question a man first and kill him afterward, than kill him first and then question him.”

“Achmet Zek scowled and Werper’s heart sank; but Werper did not know Achmet Zek, who was quite apt to scowl where another would smile, and smile where another would scowl.”

If you are a Tarzan fan, please explain to me why, even if only because of fond associations with childhood memories.

Read the entire book “Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar” at Project Gutenberg.

Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LibriVox.

Listen to a collection of first chapters of fiction and nonfiction books at LibriVox. This Tarzan chapter is Track 15.

This Tarzan chapter is Track 15 in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 7.

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book-jacket for Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, illustration by J. Allen St. John, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons