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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.

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.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LIbriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: LibriVox.org.

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

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.

Read the entire book “Herland” at Project Gutenberg.

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This is a LibriVox recording. All LIbriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: LibriVox.org.

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

Anthem, Chapter One, Ayn Rand

Anthem Book Cover of first edition
Cover of the first edition of Anthem, by Ayn Rand

As I prepared to record this chapter, reading this book transported me back to when I was in college. I remembered the place on the library shelf where I found the Ayn Rand books. I sprawled on the clean thin-carpeted floor pondering the ideas in the quiet. The sun shone brightly through the glass wall at the end of the aisle, near where Ayn’s books lined up. Ayn inspired me to think about fairness, justice, and the roles of government and taxation.

Ayn Rand’s world of Socialism was very different from what I valued about my experience of Democratic Socialism. I had a strong community where everyone had a valued perspective and a vote on every matter. We shared a sense of Oneness. But this book is Chilling. This story sets me on edge: uniformity, dictatorship, regimentation…

I cherish the compassion, creativity, self expression… that my community fostered when I was growing up, and which I continue to foster in myself and others.

Anthem, Chapter One, read by Grace Buchanan.

Read the entire book at Project Gutenberg.
LIsten to all the work that I’ve done for LibriVox.
This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit LIbriVox.org.

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Anthem Book Cover of first edition.
The original uploader was GrahamHardy at English Wikipedia.
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Chapter One of Anthem is the second track of the LibriVox Chapter One Collection 6 at Internet Archive.