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The Man On The Other Side, by Ada Barnett

CD cover showing the title, author, and an image of a woman walking along a farm path on a bright summer day
The Man On The Other Side, by Ada Barnett, copyright 1922

As I recorded the first two chapters of this book, I felt grabbed by its paranormal theme. I appreciate the boldness of the main character as she learns to honor the relationship that she develops with the previous owner of her Sussex farm — who is deceased. It made me ponder my own openness to interacting with people who are no longer “here”.

The Man On The Other Side, Chapters One and Two read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.

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CD cover illustration “Silence of the Evening” by Ferdinand Hodler. Cover design by TriciaG for LibriVox.org, Public domain.

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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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.

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

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Herland, Chapter One, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900
Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900

I was not acquainted with the author, Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, before I read this chapter. I discovered that she had definite ideas about the superiority of women, and argued that humans had the sex roles backward. She pointed out that in other species, the females’ superior sense of judgment, and the males’ eagerness to please, caused a far more successful social structure. She applied these principles in this work of fiction.

As I prepared to read this chapter, the voices of two characters from the movie The Marrying Man came to mind: Charley/Alec Baldwin as Terry, and Phil/Paul Reiser as Van. Both stories are about a few guys who enjoy hanging out together, and their challenging relationships with the women who attract them.

Herland, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


This chapter was included in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6. It is the 7th track.

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman c. 1900,
C.F. Lummis (Original copyright holder, presumably photographer),
Restoration by Adam Cuerden / Public domain