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Welcome to the Snoozecast, the podcast designed to help you fall asleep. On the Snoozecast we read excerpts from public domain works as well as original stories and gently trail off as we finish each passage. If you have a book or topic idea please get in touch on our website - snoozecast.com.

Welcome to the Snoozecast, the podcast designed to help you fall asleep. On the Snoozecast we read excerpts from public domain works as well as original stories and gently trail off as we finish each passage. If you have a book or topic idea please get in touch on our website - snoozecast.com.
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Welcome to the Snoozecast, the podcast designed to help you fall asleep. On the Snoozecast we read excerpts from public domain works as well as original stories and gently trail off as we finish each passage. If you have a book or topic idea please get in touch on our website - snoozecast.com.

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English


Episodes

Anne of Green Gables

4/24/2019
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Tonight, we'll be reading the classic 1908 novel, "Anne of Green Gables", written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it recounts the adventures of an orphan named Anne on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Duration:00:28:15

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

4/22/2019
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"The Hunchback of Notre Dame", is a French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831. Hugo wrote it largely to make his contemporaries more aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed to be replaced by new buildings or defaced by replacement of parts of buildings in a newer style.The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI.

Duration:00:25:03

Old Fashioned Flowers

4/19/2019
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Belgian author, Maurice Maeterlinck, wrote essay collection, "Old Fashioned Flowers" in 1905. Maeterlinck, who lived from 1862-1949, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1911. This book is an ode to flowers and springtime

Duration:00:26:39

The Picture of Dorian Gray

4/17/2019
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We'll read the opening to, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" written by Oscar Wilde and first published in 1890. The Gothic and philosophical story was considered offensive and indecent by Victorian English sensibilities.It was thus censored, sparking much controversy. The title character, Dorian Gray, sells his soul to make a portrait of himself age, rather than himself.

Duration:00:26:39

The Princess and the Goblin

4/15/2019
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Published in 1872, "The Princess and the Goblin" is a children's fantasy novel. One of the most successful and beloved of Victorian fairy tales, George MacDonald's, "The Princess and the Goblin" tells the story of young Princess Irene and her friend Curdie, who must outwit the threatening goblins who live in caves beneath her mountain home. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in, "A Critical History of Children's Literature" that, "The Princess and the Goblin" and its sequel, "quietly suggest in every...

Duration:00:26:39

Flatland

4/12/2019
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Written in 1884 by Edwin Abbott Abbott, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" was written under the pseudonym, "A. Square." The book used the fictional two dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian Culture. The novella's more enduring contribution is it's examination of different dimensions.

Duration:00:25:35

Moby Dick

4/10/2019
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"Ceteology" is the title of Chapter 32 of Herman Melville's 1851 "Moby Dick". This chapter is a detour from the progress of the plot, and Melville delves into the study of marine mammal like dolphins and whales. Moby Dick was a commercial flop at the time, out of print by Melville's death, and only found it's reputation as a great American novel in the 20th century. Author D.H. Lawrence called it, "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world," and "the greatest book of the sea...

Duration:00:26:39

The Sea Fairies pt. 2

4/8/2019
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Tonight, I'll be reading another excerpt from L. Frank Baum's, "The Sea Fairies", picking up more or less where we left off. Baum is best known for, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". "The Sea Fairies" is a magical underwater fantasy following Mayre Griffiths, nicknamed Trot, as she fulfills her wish of seeing a mermaid for the first time. Her adventure is filled with a journey through an underwater kingdom where she meets kings, queens, and villains along the way. When we left off, Trot and her...

Duration:00:26:39

The Early History of the Airplane

4/5/2019
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Tonight, we'll be reading, "The Early History of the Airplane" written by Orville and Wilbur Wright. This book consists of three short essays about the beginnings of human flight. The Wright Brothers weren't the first to build and fly and aircraft, but they were the first to invent the ability to control the aircraft's wings and make modern flight possible in 1903. This is their recounting.

Duration:00:26:39

The Meaning of Relativity

4/3/2019
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Tonight, I’ll be reading from Albert Einstein’s, "The Meaning of Relativity". This compilation of Princeton lectures address the consequences of Einstein's theories of relativity. Einstein developed these theories which became one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Special relativity applies to elementary particles and their interactions, describing all their physical phenomena except gravity. General relativity explains the law of gravitation and its...

Duration:00:23:19

The Bamboo-Cutter & The Moon-Child pt. 2

4/1/2019
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Tonight, I’ll be continuing where we left off from a Japanese folk story called The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child. It is taken from a book originally published in 1908 by Yei Theodora Ozaki, from Tokyo. The author’s story was inspired by the Japanese classic, "Taketari Monogatari.” In the story, the father, the bamboo-cutter, beseeches his beautiful and magical moon-princess adopted daughter to pick one of five gallant knights as her husband. She has demanded further trials to vie for her...

Duration:00:25:03

Vistas in Sicily

3/29/2019
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"Vistas in Sicily" is a 1912 travel memoir by Arthur Stanley Riggs. Riggs was an American writer and historian, in 1898 he served in the navy for the Spanish American War, and decades later served as librarian for the Office of Censorship during World War II.

Duration:00:26:39

The Man in the Arena

3/27/2019
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Tonight, I'll be reading the opening to the 1910 speech by Theodore Roosevelt entitled, "Citizenship in a Republic" at the Sorbonne in Paris. The speech is popularly known as "The Man in the Arena." To this day, someone who is heavily involved in a situation that requires courage, skill, or tenacity is sometimes referred to as "the man in the arena."

Duration:00:26:07

Viking Tales

3/25/2019
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Tonight, I’ll be reading from the beginning of a book called "Viking Tales", written in 1902 by Jennie Hall. This book is focused around the story of Harald Fairhair, first king of Norway around the year 900, but also draws upon other sources to produce a view of Viking life.

Duration:00:28:15

The Flower Garden

3/22/2019
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"The Flower Garden", by Ida Dandridge Bennett is a 1903 "how-to" horticultural book.

Duration:00:27:35

Peter Pan

3/20/2019
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Tonight, I'll be reading the opening to the 1911 novel, "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan is a mischievous boy who can fly and has many adventures on the island of Neverland.

Duration:00:26:24

Cave Diving in Tulum

3/18/2019
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"Cave Diving in Tulum", is a story by Snoozecast. Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which served as a major port for Coba, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo . Cave diving is a popular attraction as the area boasts thousands of cenotes, or underground caves.

Duration:00:22:57

The Moonstone

3/15/2019
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Generally considered to be the first detective novel, "The Moonstone", originally published in 1868, set the groundwork for the genre's format to come. The Moonstone of the title is a diamond, not to be confused with the semi-precious moonstone gem. It gained its name from its association with the Hindu god of the moon, Chandra. It was said to be protected by hereditary guardians on the orders of Vishnu, and to wax and wane in brilliance along with the light of the moon.

Duration:00:21:19

Song of Myself

3/13/2019
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Tonight, I'll be reading part of a poem by Walt Whitman titled, "Song of Myself", found in his 1855 collection, "Leaves of Grass". "Song of Myself" is considered one of the most influential poems in American history. Rather than being written in a structured, metered form, it is written in a rhythmic, chant-like quality through a series of vignettes.

Duration:00:20:47

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

3/11/2019
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Tonight, I'll be reading a story out of the "Blue Fairy Book" called, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", edited by Andrew Lang in 1889. This story is a Norwegian fairy tale about the search for a lost husband.

Duration:00:20:47